BBC Biggest Weekend - Beck, Manic Street Preachers, Courtney Barnett, Public Service Broadcasting - Belfast - Titanic SLipways

The Biggest Weekend to bring Beck, Manic Street Preachers & more to Belfast!

BECK, Orbital

Manic Street Preachers, The Breeders

Courtney Barnett, Public Service Broadcasting

Friday 25th May 2018

Titanic Slipways, Belfast

Tickets priced £18 + £4.50 bf on sale Mon 12 Feb – buy yours here.

For information on Day 2 with Franz Ferdinand, click here.

BBC Biggest Weekend - Belfast - Titanic Slipways

BBC Music’s The Biggest Weekend is taking place on the late May bank holiday weekend (25-28 May) over four sites in four nations across four days with over 175,000 tickets available to the public and will be the BBC’s biggest ever celebration of music across TV, radio, online and mobile.

There will be performances from the biggest and best-loved names in music celebrating the incredible breadth and diversity of live music on the BBC. Those confirmed for the line-up in Belfast at Titanic Slipways are:

  • Beck
  • Manic Street Preachers
  • Courtney Barnett
  • Public Service Broadcasting

Manic Street Preachers say: “The Biggest Weekend is in Belfast, which is good in itself. We’ve played there a lot over the years, we did one of the greatest gigs ever there back in The Limelight in 1990. And then we’ve had subsequently just lots of great gigs there, just amazing ones. It is good to spread 6 Music’s message far and wide.”

Public Service Broadcasting say: “We’re absolutely delighted to be part of The Biggest Weekend in Belfast – it’s an honour to be part of an event like this and a special honour to be asked by the BBC to compose some new music specifically about the Titanic and perform it in front of Titanic Belfast. We really can’t wait and hope to see as many of you as possible in May.”

BBC Music’s The Biggest Weekend is a truly unique event with concerts being hosted by BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra & Asian Network, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and BBC 6 Music. Across the weekend, there will be extensive TV coverage on BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four and sets will be available on BBC iPlayer, mobile and online. The scale of coverage will replicate that of Glastonbury festival on the BBC, allowing audiences at home to enjoy all of their favourite acts as well as discover brand new music.

Tickets for The Biggest Weekend go on sale on Monday 12 February, priced at £18 plus £4.50 booking fee. The booking process will be handled by Ticketmaster – the only official ticketing agent for The Biggest Weekend. There are over 175,000 tickets available to the public and tickets will be geographically weighted with a percentage available to each of the local areas. For more information about tickets, please go to www.bbc.co.uk/biggestweekend.

Bob Shennan, Director BBC Radio and Music, says: “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 of performances 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.”


Titanic Slipways, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Friday 25 May – BBC 6 Music
Saturday 26 May – BBC 6 Music

Artists confirmed: Beck, Courtney Barnett, Manic Street Preachers, Public Service Broadcasting plus more to be announced.


The Biggest Weekend news was announced this morning on the BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and BBC 6 Music breakfast shows:

Shaun Keaveny, BBC Radio 6 Music’s breakfast presenter, says: “I am a Belfast virgin, so am absolutely chomping at the bit to immerse myself in the culture of one of Britain’s great cities when BBC Radio 6 Music visits for the first time for BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend. 6 Music will be bringing a superlative line up of artists – with Beck, Manic Street Preachers, Courtney Barnett and Public Service Broadcasting announced today and more to come.”

Also part of The Biggest Weekend, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and 6 Music will work with BBC Nations TV and Radio, as well as local radio stations, forging partnerships to put on a comprehensive range of outreach activity in the lead up to the festival including educational workshops, Q&A’s, Radio 1’s Academy, Ten Pieces Assemblies and BBC Music Introducing gigs showcasing local talent in each host location.

The BBC is working closely together with the local councils, communities and businesses in the four UK cities to bring you The Biggest Weekend. Further information will be announced in due course.

Tickets for The Biggest Weekend go on sale on Monday 12 February, priced at £18 plus £4.50 booking fee. For more details on tickets, click here.

Children aged 2 years and under do not require a ticket and will be permitted to attend for free when accompanied by an adult aged 18+. However, please bear in mind these are outdoor events, with large crowds expected which may not be suitable for children of a very young age.

The booking process will be handled by Ticketmaster – the only official ticketing agent for The Biggest Weekend. There are over 175,000 tickets available to the public and tickets will be geographically weighted with a percentage available to each of the local areas. There will be 18,000 tickets per day for Belfast.

How are tickets allocated?

Staging each event would be impossible without the help and support of the local councils in each location and a number of tickets (Pot 1) will initially be reserved for residents of the respective council area.

A second set of tickets (Pot 2) will be reserved for others living in the wider surrounding area of each event, with the remainder unreserved (Pot 3).

Please note, to apply for tickets in Pots 1 or 2 you will need to enter the postcode of your home address at the time of purchase in the ‘Enter Offer Code’ box on Ticketmaster. You will be asked for the billing address of the credit card used to book tickets, and further checks will be made to verify your details. If the card is not registered at the address / postcode used when applying for tickets from Pot 1 or 2 you will be asked for proof to verify that you are a resident of the respective area for each Pot. Tickets obtained by using false addresses may be cancelled without notice.

Pots 1 and 2 will be in operation for 7 days from 12th February until midday on Monday 19th February – in the unlikely event that tickets from pots 1 and 2 do not sell out, any unsold tickets will be moved to Pot 3 and put on general sale at this point for anyone to purchase.

The tickets will be divided into three ‘pots’:

1. Pot 1 – 45% of tickets will be reserved for those who live in the areas covered by Belfast City Council.

2. Pot 2 – 40% of tickets will be reserved for residents living in the rest of Northern Ireland.

3. Pot 3 – The remaining 15% will be unreserved.

A limited number of tickets for the events in Belfast will also be sold over the counter via Ticketmaster outlets. These outlets will be allocated tickets from pots 1 and 2. A list of outlets can be found here.

Ticket Restrictions

Is there a limit to the number of tickets that I can purchase for BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend?

You can only purchase tickets for one day, and one location at a time and there will be a strict ticket limit of up to 4 tickets per person, per credit card, per day for all events.

You can, subject to availability, purchase tickets for a second day, or second location, once your first transaction has been completed. You can also purchase a ticket on behalf of someone else, however please note the admission restrictions for Pot 3 in Swansea requires that the card holder MUST enter the event at the same time as all guests as their card will be needed to gain entry.

No more than five transactions across BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend will be accepted on any one credit card.

Please also take a moment to read the Terms & Conditions for ticketing of The Biggest Weekend in Belfast.