In 2018, the BBC are attempting to put on their most ambitious event with four locations and heavy television and radio coverage. They are: Perth in Scotland, Swansea in Wales, Coventry in England, and Belfast in Northern Ireland.
Other acts announced across all locations include Radio 1 acts Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran in Swansea, Radio 2 choice Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds in Perth and 6Music performer Beck in Belfast - so we can be sure for more big names announced in the not too distant future. Tickets will cost £22.50 including booking fee ($32.00) and go on public sale February 12. Follow Clash Magazine as we skip merrily between clubs, concerts, interviews and photo shoots.
175,000 tickets will be available, and like BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend, some will be geographically weighted, allocating more tickets to local people in the host cities and surrounding areas. For more information, please visit the official website.
If only someone else somewhere in this country of ours would think to set up a music festival that the BBC could champion and cover and support.
The company aims to use state of the art technology for the festival's ticketing requirements across Belfast, Coventry and Perth with Swansea opting to use Ticketmaster's paperless tickets.
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Taking place May 25-28 across four United Kingdom sites, spanning England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, the concerts will also feature performances from Snow Patrol, Beck, Billy Ocean, Manic Street Preachers, Courtney Barnett, Eliza Carthy and Public Service Broadcasting. More names will be added to the line up over time which will hopefully see more women added to the list. A number of tickets (Pot 1) will initially be reserved for residents of the respective council area.
"You know it's the start of the summer when we put on a massive festival, and we're bringing two of the biggest artists in the world to Swansea, explained Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw".
Director of BBC Radio and Music at the BBC, Bob Shennan, 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.
"The Biggest Weekend is in Belfast, which is good in itself", said Manic Street Preachers.