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Glastonbury gap to be filled by BBC Music festival

Whilst Glastonbury is set to take a year off in 2018, there’s already a brand new festival which is hoping to fill the gap.

According to the BBC, they have plans to host The Biggest Weekend whilst Glastonbury will redeem tradition the following year.

The four-day festival is set to take place in May across four sites in Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Glastonbury had a year off in 2012, when BBC Radio 1 replaced it with its Big Weekend festival to Hackney. This event coincided with the London Olympics. The Olympics took place in the capital a few weeks after the festival.

The Biggest Weekend is set to go ahead in the late May bank holiday weekend (25-28 May), which is in fact earlier than when Glastonbury usually is.

Approximately 175,000 tickets are set to be made available to customers, which is also more than the number of Glastonbury tickets sold. This is due to it being located across four different locations.

For those who don’t wish to face the rain and mud, you will be be able to watch and listen to the coverage on numerous BBC outlets.

All Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3 and 6 Music will be broadcasting live from the weekend. Plus, BBC Two and BBC Four will lead the television coverage of the festival.

Don’t worry if you are planning a holiday for that weekend, because all coverage will also be available on BBC iPlayer.

Bob Shennan, director of BBC radio and music, said the corporation “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.”

The festival is scheduled to go ahead for one year only. There are no plans for it to become annual.

Whereas, Glastonbury takes a break every six years to prevent damage to the festival site.