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BBC's Biggest Weekend: Belfast - everything you need to know

The BBC's Biggest Weekend comes to Belfast this week with a huge line-up of music stars set to take to the stage.

With weather forecasts looking good, summer has finally arrived for the two days of music in the city.

So here's everything you need to know about The Biggest Weekend: Belfast.

What is The Biggest Weekend all about?

The BBC announced fours major music festivals to take place in Belfast, Perth, Swansea and Coventry as a replacement for Glasonbury, which is taking a break in 2018.

It's being billed as "the BBC’s biggest ever celebration of music across TV, radio, online and mobile."

When and where will Belfast be hosting its festival?

The Biggest Weekend: Belfast takes place from May 25-26 at the Titanic Slipways.

Will it be broadcast on the BBC?

6 Music will be broadcasting the entire two day festive with highlights from all four festivals shown across the braodcasters other media platforms.

Who will be performing across the two days in Belfast?

There's a massive line-up of stars set to perform in Belfast - these include:

Friday, May 25

Main stage:

  • Beck
  • Courtney Barnett
  • Father John Misty with the Ulster Orchestra
  • Lykke Li
  • Manic Street Preachers
  • Orbital
  • Public Service Broadcasting
  • The Breeders

6 Music recommends stage:

  • Baloji
  • David Holmes – DJ set
  • Hannah Peel
  • Jordan Rakei
  • Phoebe Bridgers
  • The Orielles
  • Touts
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Pictured: Recording artist Beck (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for J/P Haitian Relief Organization )

Saturday, May 26

Main stage:

  • Ash
  • First Aid Kit
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Goldie (Live)
  • Little Dragon
  • Neneh Cherry
  • Underworld
  • Young Fathers

6 Music recommends stage:

  • Dream Wife
  • Hollie Cook
  • Imarhan
  • Mary Ann Hobbs – DJ set
  • Shame
  • Soak
  • Superorganism

What time does it all kick off?

Gates will open as 12noon with the first act due on stage at 1pm each day.

The headline acts are expected to finish their sets at around 10.30pm each night.

Are there tickets still available?

There are indeed - tickets are priced from £18 and are available from www.ticketmaster.ie.

What's the best way to travel to the festival?

By Train

Translink operate regular train services from Belfast City Centre and beyond. Ticketholders should disembark at Titanic Quarter Station for Titanic Belfast. From here there is pedestrian access via a footbridge, please then follow signage to Titanic Belfast. Walking time is approx. 15 mins from the station.

By Bus

Translink operate Metro Services from Belfast City Centre, departing outside the Belfast Welcome Centre to Titanic Belfast. The Airport Express services Belfast City Centre, Titanic Belfast and George Best Belfast City Airport.

By Car

There are a number of public car parks located nearby to Titanic Slipways. Car parking spaces are not pre-sold but are available on a first come first serve basis.

On Foot

Titanic Slipways is approximately 25mins walk from Belfast City Centre.

For up-to-date information on Belfast travel timetables, the Translink website.

What should I bring to the festival?

Strict security measures will be in place on both days.

Large bags are not allowed to be taken into the festival.

Small bags, one per ticket holder, are allowed into the events with the dimensions W21cm x H30cm x D8cm (the size of A4 paper).

Things to bring with you

  1. Your ticket
  2. Clothes for any weather eventuality - hat, sunglasses, rainwear, warm clothing etc.
  3. Sunscreen
  4. Enough cash and / or your bank card – there are cash machines on site, all of which accept all UK debit cards. Some of the machines will also accept international credit cards. Please note, a fee of £2.50 will be charged to use the on site cash machines
  5. Bring ID if you are lucky enough to look under 18 in order to be admitted to the festival. ID will also be required if you want to buy alcohol and look 25 or under. Acceptable forms of ID are a valid passport; valid EU photocard driving licence; a photographic ID card with the National Proof of Age Standards Scheme – PASS - hologram
  6. Medication – if you need to bring medication, organisers recommend bringing a doctor’s note or a prescription for it. Please be understanding if they question what you're bringing in as it is important to prevent drugs being brought into the event
  7. If you have any allergies, remember to tell your friends what these are.

For a full list of prohibited items please visit www.bbc.co.uk/biggestweekend.

What will the weather be like in Belfast on Friday and Saturday?

Praise Barra and Frank, the weather is looking fabulous!

High temperatures, no rain and even a bit of sunshine.

Keep an eye on the weather forecast just in case, but it's looking very good so far.

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