Friday 17 August 2018

The BBC is hosting an alternative festival to Glastonbury in 2018 - and it's coming to Ireland

Sheeran’s Glastonbury performance drew a huge crowd (Yui Mok/PA)
Sheeran’s Glastonbury performance drew a huge crowd (Yui Mok/PA) Newsdesk Newsdesk

The BBC has announced plans to hold an alternative festival to Glastonbury next year and, for one year only, we'll be able to enjoy it on Irish shores.

With Glastonbury taking a break next summer to prevent excessive damage to the site, the BBC will fill the void by hosting a festival across four sites in Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.

The four-day event has been titled The Biggest Weekend and will take place from May 25 to 28.

More than 175,000 tickets will be made available, with the BBC saying it will bring "the biggest artists in the world" to the event.

If heading to a festival doesn't appeal to you, you'll be able to catch up on the coverage across several BBC outlets on both tv and radio.

"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," said Bob Shennan, director of BBC radio and music.

The festival will be for one year only, with "no plans for it to become an annual event."

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