More big names have been added to the line-up for BBC Music’s The Biggest Weekend. The four-day festival is taking place next month on the late May bank holiday weekend (25-28 May) over four sites in four nations.
The huge musical extravaganza will be broadcast on TV, radio and online and will celebrate the extraordinary breadth and diversity of music across the BBC.
Announced today, Florence + the Machine, Shawn Mendes, Demi Lovato, Jason Derulo, Clean Bandit, Anne-Marie and others join an already massive and stellar line-up made up of Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Liam Gallagher, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Orbital, Beck, Underworld, Nigel Kennedy, Danielle De Niese, The Shires, Manic Street Preachers, Emeli Sandé, J Hus, Go Go Penguin, Snow Patrol, Strictly Come Dancing with the BBC Concert Orchestra plus many many more.
The Biggest Weekend will host concerts in Belfast, Coventry, Swansea and Perth with sets available on Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3 and Radio 6 Music, BBC iPlayer, online, mobile and extensive TV coverage on BBC One, Two and Four.
Acts added to the line-up are:
Florence + the Machine
Christine and the Queens
Panic! At the Disco
Blue Rose Code
Jaguar Land Rover Band
Florence Welch says: “I'm very excited to perform at The Biggest Weekend, can’t wait to see you all in Swansea.”
Shawn Mendes says: “Had such a fun time at last year’s Big Weekend and can’t wait to come back this time to Swansea for The Biggest Weekend! Such an amazing line-up of artists to be playing with!”
Bastille says: "We can’t wait to head to Swansea this year for The Biggest Weekend. It’s awesome to be involved, and we’re really excited to be part of the line-up alongside such a big mix of artists.”
The Biggest Weekend artists will perform at the following sites:
Titanic Slipways, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Friday 25 May - Radio 6 Music
Saturday 26 May - Radio 6 Music
Performances from: Beck, Orbital, Manic Street Preachers, Franz Ferdinand, Neneh Cherry, Father John Misty with the Ulster Orchestra, Goldie (Live), Breeders, First Aid Kit, Ash, Young Fathers, Courtney Barnett, Public Service Broadcasting, Lykke Li ,Little Dragon.
Plus 6 Music Recommends stage artists: Baloji, Dream Wife, Hannah Peel, Hollie Cook, Imarhan, Jordan Rakei, The Orielles, Phoebe Bridgers, SOAK, Touts, Shame, Superorganism and a DJ set from David Holmes.
Scone Palace, Perth, Scotland
Friday 25 May - Radio 3
Saturday 26 May - Radio 2
Performances from: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Emeli Sande, Squeeze, Simple Minds, The Shires, Amy Macdonald, Rae Morris, Blue Rose Code, Andy Brown, Callum Beattie, Hannah Grace, Nigel Kennedy with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Jamie Cullum, Eddi Reader and Band, The Beat starring Dave Wakeling, Julie Fowlis, Evelyn Glennie, Danielle de Niese, Scottish Jazz Orchestra directed by Tommy Smith, Namvula and Mezcla.
Singleton Park, Swansea, Wales
Saturday 26 May - Radio 1, 1Xtra and Asian Network
Sunday 27 May - Radio 1, 1Xtra and Asian Network
Performances from: Florence + the Machine, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, 30 Seconds To Mars, Jason Derulo, Clean Bandit, Demi Lovato, Anne-Marie, Liam Payne, Rita Ora, Niall Horan, Jess Glynne, J Hus, Craig David, Years & Years, Wolf Alice, James Bay, George Ezra, Stefflon Don, Sigrid, Mabel, Bastille, Hailee Steinfeld, Christine and the Queens, Panic! at the Disco, CHVRCHES, Jessie Ware, Not3s, Jorja Smith, Jax Jones, MØ, Steel Banglez, Tom Walker plus more to be announced.
War Memorial Park, Coventry, England
Sunday 27 May - Radio 2
Monday 28 May - Radio 3
Performances from: Liam Gallagher, Stereophonics, Paloma Faith, Billy Ocean, Snow Patrol, UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey, Tears for Fears, Jamie Cullum, Jalen N’Gonda, Joe Dolman, Turin Brakes, Wandering Hearts, Catherine McGrath, Nikhil, Nigel Kennedy with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band, Go Go Penguin, Miloš and Strictly Come Dancing with the BBC Concert Orchestra featuring professional dancers Gorka Marquez, Amy Dowden, AJ Pritchard and Chloe Hewitt, Jaguar Land Rover Band and Jon Boden.
More info and tickets
Also part of The Biggest Weekend is The Biggest Weekend Fringe, a creative and comprehensive outreach programme which will take place from Friday 18 May until Monday 28 May. The 10-day event will include live musical performances, industry insight, workshops and Q&A’s with BBC Radio DJ’s and influential figures, a UK wide tour with BBC Music Introducing, a new Ten Pieces initiative called No Place Like Challenge, Radio 1’s Academy, employability events and work experience opportunities for young people plus lots more. The Biggest Weekend Fringe will travel to the four host cities - Belfast, Coventry, Perth and Swansea - as well as the rest of the UK.
To buy tickets for The Biggest Weekend, please go to www.bbc.co.uk/biggestweekend. Tickets are priced £18 (plus £4.50 booking fee). Please note tickets for Swansea (Saturday and Sunday), Perth (Saturday only) and Coventry (Sunday only) have sold out.
Further information about The Biggest Weekend broadcast coverage will be announced soon.