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BBC to fill 2018’s Glasto gap with its own music festival 

By | Published on Monday 24 July 2017

BBC Biggest Weekend

The BBC is using 2018 being a fallow year for Glastonbury as a big fat excuse to launch its own festival, The Biggest Weekend. It will be a bit like Radio 1’s existing Big Weekender, but it will take place in four locations over four days at the end of May and will be broadcast across the Corporation’s TV and radio networks.

Yes, at last the BBC has spotted the total lack of music festivals in the UK and has been brave enough to take the lead and put one on itself. Praise the Lord for BBC empire building. If only they’d do something about that one night of the year when the music industry doesn’t have an awards ceremony. Oh yes, they already did!

That said, BBC bosses assure us that The Biggest Weekend is a one-time thing and once the whole escapade is done and dusted the Corporation promises to get back to the business of making telly programmes and radio shows. You know, like it’s fucking meant to. So don’t worry, this is not another BBC Music Awards.

Says BBC Music’s Empire Builder In Chief Bob Shennan: “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”.