Niall Horan, Wolf Alice, J Hus and more added to bill
More acts have been announced for the BBC’s new festival The Biggest Weekend, what has been dubbed as “a replacement for Glastonbury”.
The new event will take place in four sites across England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland across the May Bank Holiday (25-28 May).
Newly announced acts include Niall Horan, J Hus, Wolf Alice, Jess Glynne, Paloma Faith, Craig David, Franz Ferdinand, James Bay, Ash, Years & Years, Little Dragon, Young Fathers, Breeders and more.
It had been previously confirmed that Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Noel Gallagher and Manic Street Preachers are all set to perform.
Last year, the broadcaster announced that their new multi-location event would offer “coverage similar to that around Glastonbury”.
Check out the full line-up so far for The Biggest Weekend below:
Singleton Park, Swansea, Wales
Saturday 26 May – BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra & Asian Network
Sunday 27 May – BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra & Asian Network
Artists confirmed: Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Niall Horan, Jess Glynne, J Hus, Craig David, Years & Years, Wolf Alice, James Bay, plus more to be announced.
Scone Palace, Perth, Scotland
Friday 25 May – BBC Radio 3
Saturday 26 May – BBC Radio 2
Artists confirmed: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Simple Minds, The Shires, Nigel Kennedy with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Amy McDonald, The Beat starring Dave Wakeling, Julie Fowlis, Jamie Cullum, Evelyn Glennie, Danielle de Niese, Scottish Jazz Orchestra directed by Tommy Smith, plus more to be announced.
War Memorial Park, Coventry, England
Sunday 27 May – BBC Radio 2
Monday 28 May – BBC Radio 3
Artists confirmed: Paloma Faith, Billy Ocean, Snow Patrol, Nigel Kennedy with the BBC Concert Orchestra, UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey, Jamie Cullum, Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band, Go Go Penguin, Milos, plus more to be announced.
Titanic Slipways, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Friday 25 May – BBC 6 Music
Saturday 26 May – BBC 6 Music
Artists confirmed: Beck, Courtney Barnett, Manic Street Preachers, Goldie (Live), Orbital, Breeders, Franz Ferdinand, First Aid Kit, Ash, Young Fathers, Public Service Broadcasting, Little Dragon, plus more to be announced.
“So excited to be part of The Biggest Weekend this summer,” said Ed Sheeran of the festival. “I’ve always loved performing at Big Weekend with Radio 1 and this year it’s going to be even bigger. Bring it on Swansea!”
Manic Street Preachers added: “The Biggest Weekend is in Belfast, which is good in itself. We’ve played there a lot over the years, we did one of the greatest gigs ever there back in The Limelight in 1990. And then we’ve had subsequently just lots of great gigs there, just amazing ones. It is good to spread 6 Music’s message far and wide.”
The Biggest Weekend tickets
Tickets for The Biggest Weekend go on sale on Monday February 12 priced at £18 plus £4.50 booking fee. 175,000 tickets will be available to the public with a percentage going to fans in the local areas. For tickets and more information, visit here.
Bob Shennan, the director of BBC Radio and Music, said: “BBC Music has a strong history of bringing the nation together for some special moments, and this is the biggest single music event ever attempted by the BBC. We will be celebrating the diversity of music from four different corners of the country, bringing the best UK music to the world and the best global music to the UK.”
Last year, Glasto confirmed that 2018 will indeed be a fallow year to allow the farmland time to recover, and that the next festival will take place in the following year from June 26-30. This comes after Michael Eavis spoke earlier this summer that he was ‘already regretting‘ the decision to take a year off, and that he’d change his mind if a certain band reformed.
Meanwhile, daughter and fellow co-ordinator Emily Eavis told NME that they’d be planning ‘radical changes‘ during the fallow year