The biggest music festival of the summer is happening this weekend, with shows across the country in Belfast, Perth, Coventry and Swansea. If you don’t have tickets then rest easy as you can still enjoy the best of The Biggest Weekend with our handy Freeview guide.
We have also rounded up the top music shows that will be on during the week, so you can keep that festival feeling going even after the bank holiday weekend.
Friday 25 May
BBC Four at 7:30pm Lauren Laverne and Colin Murray open coverage from the Titanic Slipway in Belfast with highlights from the first day, including Father John Misty in collaboration with the Ulster Orchestra. Plus, there’s a set from garage rocker Courtney Barnett.
BBC Four at 8pm The Manic Street Preachers take to the stage in Belfast.
BBC Four at 9pm The amazing Beck presents his live set for the opening night.
BBC Four at 10pm Friday’s headliners are Phil and Paul Hartnoll, aka Orbital, bringing their electronic sounds and iconic torch-glasses to light up a summer night in Belfast.
Saturday 26 May
BBC Two at 4:30pm A selection of performances from Swansea, Perth and Belfast, including Liam Payne, George Ezra and Amy Macdonald.
BBC One at 6:45pm Graham Norton welcomes award-winning singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran to the main stage at Singleton Park in Swansea.
BBC Four at 7pm A smörgåsbord of Swedish sounds, with performances by Neneh Cherry and sisters Klara and Johanna Soderberg (aka First Aid Kit).
BBC Two at 7:45 Edith Bowman and Claudia Winkleman introduce extended highlights of Emeli Sandé’s set from Scone Palace in Perth. Plus, a set by Clean Bandit (which the Financial Times, no less, has called “genuinely compelling pop”).
BBC Four at 8pm Scotland takes pride of place, with Simple Minds playing at Scone Palace in Perth, while at Singleton Park, Swansea it’s the turn of Glaswegian synth band CHVRCHES to deliver their sublime anthems.
BBC Two at 9pm Multi-platinum-selling Sam Smith performs at Singleton Park with his most popular songs from The Thrill of It All and In the Lonely Hour.
BBC Four at 9pm Franz Ferdinand will bring the crowd at Titanic Slipways to their feet, and there’s exuberant rock from Wolf Alice at Singleton Park, Swansea.
BBC Two at 10pm Live from Perth, Edith Bowman introduces Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. Who knows, Noel might even dip into the Oasis catalogue.
BBC Four at 10pm Lauren Laverne and Joe Lindsay wrap Saturday night up with an electrifying set from Underworld at Titanic Slipways in Belfast.
Sunday 27 May
BBC Two at 4:30pm Clara Amfo and Alice Levine present highlights of the day’s performances from Singleton Park, including Rita Ora, Demi Lovato, Camilla Cabello, Steff London, and Christine & the Queens.
BBC Four at 7pm From the War Memorial Park in Coventry, Jo Whiley and Trevor Nelson introduce a constellation of stars including Billy Ocean, UB40, Stereophonics, Snow Patrol, the Selecter and Jamie Cullum.
BBC One at 7:30 Live from Swansea, Alex Jones and Nick Grimshaw introduce Taylor Swift. Plus there’s highlights of Paloma Faith’s set in Coventry.
BBC Two at 9pm Florence + The Machine’s live headlining set from Singleton Park, mixing songs from her upcoming fourth album High As Hope, as well some of her many anthems.
BBC Two: 10pm It’s time for Liam Gallagher’s performance on the main stage at Coventry’s War Memorial Park. He’ll be performing songs from his debut solo album As You Were, as well as classic Oasis anthems.
Monday 28 May
BBC Four at 8:30pm The final set brings us violinist Nigel Kennedy performing a suitably quirky mix of Antonio Vivaldi and Jimi Hendrix at Coventry’s War Memorial Park.
Full coverage of how to catch up with all the happenings at The Biggest Weekend on television, radio and online can be found at The Biggest Weekend website.
Much more music
Besides the pleasures of The Biggest Weekend, there’s plenty more in store for music fans in the coming week on Freeview
Saturday 26 May
UK Music Video Chart
4Music (Freeview Channel 18) at 10:00am
YouTube’s chart of the 40 most watched music videos, packed with future hits and the biggest tracks around.
UK Hotlist: Top 20
4Music at 12:00pm
Counting down the UK’s most streamed tracks of the week, as compiled by Spotify.
Monday 28 May
Film4 (Freeview Channel 15) at 9pm
The network premiere of writer-director John Carney’s musical coming-of-age comedy drama. Fifteen-year-old Conor forms a band to impress the glamorous Raphina at his new school in Dublin. Movie critic Mark Kermode called Sing Street “a warm and uplifting fairytale, tugging at our melancholy heartstrings like a piece of classic bubblegum pop.”
Tuesday 29 May
The Lisa Stanley Show
Keep It Country (Freeview Channel 87) at 8pm
Lisa Stanley brings us top class videos of country music favourites, from current artists to the all-time greats.
Talkin’ Bout This Generation!
Vintage TV (Freeview Channel 82) at 9pm
An exciting look at a new generation of artists who are putting a twist on the music genres we know and love. Acts include Gabrielle Aplin, Jake Isaac and The Carnabys.
Friday 1 June
The Everly Brothers: Harmonies from Heaven
BBC Four (Freeview Channel 9)
Arguably the greatest harmony singers of all time, the Everly Brothers have a special place in music-lovers’ hearts. In this documentary, Don Everly returns to Iowa to reflect on the influences of family, radio shows and musicians that helped form that unique Everly Brothers sound.
Africa: A Journey Into Music
BBC Four at 10pm
DJ and singer Rita Ray (who played in the 1970s band Darts) travels to Nigeria in search of the timeless ancient rhythms, instruments and harmonies that are shaping a new wave of African music.