Where: Titanic Slipways, Belfast; Scone Palace, Perth; Singleton Park, Swansea; War Memorial Park, Coventry
Who’s headlining: Beck, Nigel Kennedy, Sam Smith, Liam Gallagher, Underworld, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Taylor Swift
Who else is playing: Ed Sheeran, Orbital, Manic Street preachers, Jess Glynne, The Breeders, Franz Ferdinand, Simple Minds, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Stereophonics
Tickets: £18 for a day ticket to any event
So this is the BBC basically having a dick-waggling contest with British Summer Time. Certainly looks like it. Whereas British Summer Time fills six days of Hyde Park shows with a wide variety of one-day events curated by major name headliners, The Biggest Weekend is doing eight across the entire country over the course of a single bank holiday weekend. Beck and Underworld top bills in Belfast, Sam Smith and Taylor Swift do the biz in Swansea, Liam Gallagher and Nigel Kennedy head up the two-dayer in Coventry and Noel Gallagher and Nigel Kennedy play in Perth.
WTF!?! I know, it’s almost like Noel and Liam are on the same bill! ‘Sis-tastic!
No, I mean Nigel Kennedy? The violin punk bloke? Headlining two nights? Ah, yes, about that. Two of the days are quite Radio 4.