Glastonbury replacement runs over the May Bank Holiday
Dubbed as “a replacement for Glastonbury”, The Biggest Weekend will take place at four sites across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland during the May Bank Holiday (May 25-28). Tickets and more information can be found here.
The four dates take place at outdoors venues in Belfast, Coventry, Swansea and Perth, with BBC’s radio stations curating each leg.
Today (April 5), it has been announced that the likes of Florence + The Machine, Shawn Mendes, Jason Derulo, Clean Bandit, Demi Lovato, Bastille, Lykke Li, Anne-Marie, Christine and the Queens, Panic! At the Disco, CHVRCHES, Jessie Ware, MØ, Jorja Smith and Rae Morris will all perform over the course of the weekender.
Florence Welch said of the news: “I’m very excited to perform at The Biggest Weekend, can’t wait to see you all in Swansea.”
Bastille added: “We can’t wait to head to Swansea this year for The Biggest Weekend. It’s awesome to be involved, and we’re really excited to be part of the line-up alongside such a big mix of artists.”
Other acts newly announced include Hailee Steinfeld, Not3s, Jax Jones, Steel Banglez, Tom Walker, Blue Rose Code, Andy Brown, Callum Beattie, Hannah Grace, Jalen, N’Gonda, Joe Dolman, Turin Brakes, Wandering Hearts, Catherine McGrath, Nikhil, Jaguar Land Rover Band and Jon Boden.
They join a bill that already includes big names such as Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Liam Gallagher, Noel Gallagher, Beck, Manic Street Preachers, Emeli Sandé, J Hus, Snow Patrol, Camila Cabello, George Ezra and 30 Seconds To Mars.
See the line-ups in full below:
6 Music – Belfast, May 25-26
Beck, Orbital, Manic Street Preachers, Franz Ferdinand, Neneh Cherry, Father John Misty with the Ulster Orchestra, Goldie (Live), Breeders, First Aid Kit, Ash, Young Fathers, Courtney Barnett, Public Service Broadcasting, Lykke Li Little Dragon, Baloji, Dream Wife, Hannah Peel, Hollie Cook, Imarhan, Jordan Rakei, The Orielles, Phoebe Bridgers, SOAK, Touts, Shame, Superorganism, David Holmes.
Radio 2 and 3 – Perth, May 25-26
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Emeli Sandé, Squeeze, Simple Minds, The Shires, Amy Macdonald, Rae Morris, Blue Rose Code, Andy Brown, Callum Beattie, Hannah Grace, Nigel Kennedy with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Jamie Cullum, Eddi Reader and Band, The Beat starring Dave Wakeling, Julie Fowlis, Evelyn Glennie, Danielle de Niese, Scottish Jazz Orchestra directed by Tommy Smith, Namvula and Mezcla.
Radio 1, 1Xtra & Asian Network – Swansea, May 26-27
Florence + The Machine, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, 30 Seconds To Mars, Jason Derulo, Clean Bandit, Demi Lovato, Anne-Marie, Liam Payne, Rita Ora, Niall Horan, Jess Glynne, J Hus, Craig David, Years & Years, Wolf Alice, James Bay, George Ezra, Stefflon Don, Sigrid, Mabel, Bastille, Hailee Steinfeld, Christine and the Queens, Panic! at the Disco, CHVRCHES, Jessie Ware, Not3s, Jorja Smith, Jax Jones, MØ, Steel Banglez, Tom Walker.
Radio 2 and 3 – Coventry, May 27-28
Liam Gallagher, Stereophonics, Paloma Faith, Billy Ocean, Snow Patrol, UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey, Tears for Fears, Jamie Cullum, Jalen N’Gonda, Joe Dolman, Turin Brakes, Wandering Hearts, Catherine McGrath, Nikhil, Nigel Kennedy with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band, Go Go Penguin, Miloš and Strictly Come Dancing with the BBC Concert Orchestra featuring professional dancers Gorka Marquez, Amy Dowden, AJ Pritchard and Chloe Hewitt, Jaguar Land Rover Band, Jon Boden.
Last year, the BBC announced that their new multi-location event would offer “coverage similar to that around Glastonbury”.
2018 will be a fallow year for Glastonbury to allow the farmland time to recover. The next festival will take place in 2019.