BBC launch brand new music festival for 2018 as Glastonbury takes year off

Glastonbury is taking a year off
Glastonbury is taking a year off

The BBC has announced its biggest ever music event with a brand new festival across four different nations.

The Biggest Weekend will pop-up in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland over next year's late May bank holiday weekend with more than 175,000 tickets available.

Coverage of the events will be similar to that offered at Glastonbury which is taking its regular fallow break in 2018.

The broadcaster's biggest radio stations will combine to cover the event while TV coverage will come from BBC Two and BBC Four and all sets made available on the iPlayer.

The event is billed as a one-off and the BBC said there are no plans to make it an annual event.

Bob Shennan, 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."