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Manic Street Preachers and Beck confirmed for BBC Music’s The Biggest Weekend in Belfast this May

30 Jan 2018
The Biggest Weekend is coming to Belfast, Coventry, Perth and Swansea this summer. Coverage on BBC TV, radio, online and mobile across the entire weekend.


BBC Music’s The Biggest Weekend is taking place on the late May bank holiday weekend (25-28 May) over four sites in four nations across four days with over 175,000 tickets available to the public and will be the BBC’s biggest ever celebration of music across TV, radio, online and mobile.


There will be performances from the biggest and best-loved names in music celebrating the incredible breadth and diversity of live music on the BBC. Those confirmed for the line-up are:
• Taylor Swift
• Ed Sheeran
• Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
• Snow Patrol
• Beck
• Billy Ocean
• Manic Street Preachers
• Courtney Barnett
• Nigel Kennedy
• Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band
• Public Service Broadcasting


Plus lots more star-studded names still to come.


Manic Street Preachers say: “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.”


Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Nuala McAllister said: “We’re thrilled to be hosting BBC Music’s The Biggest Weekend in Belfast this May. Belfast is such a great music city; we’ve earned our stripes when it comes to hosting large scale events, as the MTV EMAs proved in 2011, and we really know how to enjoy ourselves. So I can’t wait to see the warm and enthusiastic welcome for the acts when they play Titanic Quarter. With coverage similar to that offered to Glastonbury across BBC Radio and extensive TV coverage across BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four – and of course, online, The Biggest Weekend is also providing an amazing global platform on which to share our beautiful city, encouraging even more people to visit and discover what makes Belfast so memorable.”


BBC Music's The Biggest Weekend is a truly unique event with concerts being hosted by BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra & Asian Network, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and BBC 6 Music. Across the weekend, there will be extensive TV coverage on BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four and sets will be available on BBC iPlayer, mobile and online. The scale of coverage will replicate that of Glastonbury festival on the BBC, allowing audiences at home to enjoy all of their favourite acts as well as discover brand new music.


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, Public Service Broadcasting plus more to be announced.


Tickets for The Biggest Weekend go on sale on Monday 12 February, priced at £18 plus £4.50 booking fee. The booking process will be handled by Ticketmaster - the only official ticketing agent for The Biggest Weekend. There are over 175,000 tickets available to the public and tickets will be geographically weighted with a percentage available to each of the local areas. For more information about tickets, please go to


Bob Shennan, Director BBC Radio and Music, says: “The Biggest Weekend is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime festival for everyone that loves music, whether they are at the venues in person or enjoying the whole spectacle of performances being streamed through iPlayer along with all our TV, radio and digital networks. Wherever you are in the country, you will be part of the biggest music event, with the widest selection of musical genres, the BBC has ever put on.”


The Biggest Weekend news was announced this morning on the BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and BBC 6 Music breakfast shows.


Shaun Keaveny, BBC Radio 6 Music’s breakfast presenter, says: “I am a Belfast virgin, so am absolutely chomping at the bit to immerse myself in its culture when BBC Radio 6 Music visits for the first time for BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend. 6 Music will be bringing a superlative line up of artists - with Beck, Manic Street Preachers, Courtney Barnett and Public Service Broadcasting announced today and more to come.”


Also part of The Biggest Weekend, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and 6 Music will work with BBC Nations TV and Radio, as well as local radio stations, forging partnerships to put on a comprehensive range of outreach activity in the lead up to the festival including educational workshops, Q&A's, Radio 1’s Academy, Ten Pieces Assemblies and BBC Music Introducing gigs showcasing local talent in each host location.
The BBC is working closely together with the local councils, communities and businesses in the four UK cities to bring you The Biggest Weekend.


Further information will be announced in due course.
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