With Glastonbury taking a year off this year, the BBC has concocted four weekend shows in four UK and NI cities of Perth (Scotland), Swansea (Wales), Coventry (England) and Belfast (Northern Ireland) from May 25 – 28th this year under The Biggest Weekend.

Different artists will perform in different cities in the same weekend including Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Snow Patrol, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Nigel Kennedy among them to represent BBC various radio stations.

Belfast gets the BBC Six Music lineup which will feature Beck, Courtney Barnett, Manic Street Preachers and Public Service Broadcasting on Friday 25th May at Titanic Slipways.

Tickets cost £18 per person (+£4.50 booking fee) for a day ticket to for one event location and Belfast is on sale at 10am on February 12th.

It’s hardly a Glasto replacement is it but it will provide some degree of replacement content for the network.

All lineups

Swansea, Wales

Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran @ Singleton Park ( BBC Radio One)

Coventry, England

Snow Patrol, Billy Ocean, Eliza Carthy and the Wayward Band, Nigel Kennedy, The BBC Concert Orchestra @ War Memorial Park (BBC Radio 2/3)

Perth, Scotland

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Nigel Kennedy Friday 25th May at Scone Palace (BBC Radio 2/3)

Belfast. NI

Beck, Courtney Barnett, Manic Street Preachers and Public Service Broadcasting on Friday 25th May at Titanic Slipways.(BBC Six Music)

Posted on January 30th, 2018


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Electric Picnic have just announced their lineup for the 11th edition of the festival in Stradbally Hall from September 4th to 6th.


Florence + The Machine, Hot Chip, Future Islands, Manic Street Preachers, Chvrches, Underworld, Jurassic 5, Ride, Battles, Jessie Ware, Roisin Murphy, The War On Drugs, Tame Impala, George Ezra, Belle & Sebastian, Jon Hopkins, My Morning Jacket, Django Django, Pond, Low, Tourist, Metz, Girl Band, Kwabs, Lapsley, Alvvays, Marika Hackman, Jack Garratt, Wyvern Lingo, Circa Waves, Hinds, Shura, Ben Khan, Curtis Harding, Aquilo and Little May.


If you’ve been to the festival before, there is a loyalty rate for tickets available until midnight Sunday 8th March from €154.40 to €174.50. Codes must be received in advance of purchase.

Tickets will then go up in price to €194.50.

Sunday day tickets are €90+.

Ticket page.

Posted on March 4th, 2015


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Manic Street Preachers have announced a special 20th anniversary gig for Dublin on December 13th at the Olympia where they will perform their caustic classic Holy Bible in full for the first time. Tickets are €39 plus fees on sale Friday at 9am. Do you want to win a pair of tickets to the gig before tickets go on sale? Enter via the widget at the bottom of the page.

Full dates?

8 December GLASGOW, Barrowland
10/11 December MANCHESTER, Albert Hall
13 December DUBLIN, Olympia Theatre
15/16/17 December LONDON, Roundhouse

The FMC tour has been announced for November for dates in Limerick, Cork, Dundalk, Dublin, Galway and another to be decided via Gigstarter. The three bands this year are Fight Like Apes, Kid Karate and Sleep Thieves. The gigs are put together by First Music Contact  in association with The Arts Council Touring and Dissemination Fund. A local band will play each date and tickets are only €10 from FMCTour.com.

FMC TOUR 2014 dates:

6 November
7 November
Roisin Dubh
8 November
The Half Moon
13 November
Spirit Store
14 November
TBA via Gigstarter
15 November
The Workman’s Club

Prolific online remixer, Norway 22-year old Kygo has lined up an Endless Summer tour (may be a few months late dude) and it’ll hit Twisted Pepper on Thursday November 27th. Support from Amtrac.

Mark Lanegan is to play three Irish shows in January off the back of his recent EP and forthcoming album Phantom Radio. The gigs are Seapoint, Galway (Thursday January 15th, €20), The Limelight, Belfast (Friday January 16th, £16) and Academy, Dublin (Saturday January 17th, €25). Tickets on sale Friday from Ticketmaster.

Darklight and U:Mack are bringing composer Jozef Van Wissem to Dublin to perform his soundtrack to Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive along with a Q&A in Whelan’s on Wednesday October 1st next week.

The Dublin Beatles Festival is back in the city from November 7th to 9th. This year’s festivities will include Neil Innes (The Seventh Python and Ron Nasty from The Rutles) , Revolver, Biggles Flys Again, Vyvienne Long and The Statics playing. There’ll also be screenings, a table quiz and more. Check the programme.

The Unthanks are lined up for a return to Dublin courtesy of Aiken Promotions next year. March 12th in The National Concert Hall to be exact. Tickets €26 on sale tomorrow (Wednesday) from www.nch.ie.

Sage Francis is playing an Irish tour next month which includes  a gig in Fifth on Teeling in Sligo on October 10th, as well as Cork, Belfast and Dublin.

Tony Clayton-Lea’s Culture Vultures night returns on Thursday October 16th. The salon-style event will feature music from Ham Sandwich, chat with Panti Bliss and a performance from John Cummins. Tickets €10 from Entertainment.ie.

Win tickets to the Manics performing Holy Bible

Tickets to Manics Holy Bible Dublin show

Posted on September 23rd, 2014

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