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BBC Music’s The Biggest Weekend is coming to Coventry

Published Tuesday, 30 January 2018

The Biggest Weekend is coming to the War Memorial Park in Coventry over the late May Bank Holiday.

BBC Music's The Biggest Weekend logo

The event will be broadcast on BBC TV, radio, online and mobile across the entire weekend. 

The Biggest Weekend is taking place in Coventry on Sunday 27 and Monday 28 May. The event is spread across four sites, in four nations, over four days with more than 175,000 tickets available to the public. 

This event will be the BBC’s biggest ever celebration of music across TV, radio, online and mobile. 

So far, Billy Ocean, Snow Patrol, Nigel Kennedy and Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band are confirmed for Coventry, with many more star names still to come.  

BBC Radio 2 will be covering the Sunday, with BBC Radio 3 covering Monday. 

Tickets for The Biggest Weekend go on sale on Monday 12 February, priced at £18 plus £4.50 booking fee. The official ticket handler is Ticketmaster. 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, said: “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 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.” 

Chris Evans, BBC Radio 2’s Breakfast presenter said, “The Biggest Weekend is shaping up very nicely indeed. Can't wait to find out who else is going to be performing." 

Councillor George Duggins, Leader of Coventry City Council said: 

“It’s fantastic news that Coventry has been chosen as the English city to be hosting BBC Music’s ‘The Biggest Weekend’. 

“We know the city has a brilliant reputation for delivering large, popular events and this weekend will be another wonderful addition to the city’s events programme for 2018. 

“To be one of their chosen four UK locations shows they have confidence in our ability to deliver successful events and with some high quality names already announced with more acts to follow, I’m sure people are already looking forward to the concerts in May. 

“These really are exciting times for the city. Our national profile and reputation as a great city will only continue to grow as we build up to being UK City of Culture 2021.” 

In the lead up to the event, BBC’s radio stations and local radio stations will be partnering to put on a comprehensive range of outreach activity. This includes educational workshops,  

Q&As, Radio 1’s Academy, Ten Pieces Assemblies and BBC Music Introducing gigs, showcasing local talent in each host location. 

Other locations are: 

  • Singleton Park, Swansea, Wales 

  • Scone Palace, Perth, Scotland 

  • Titanic Slipways, Belfast, Northern Ireland 

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