Glastonbury is taking a year off in 2018 and the BBC has stepped in fill the space, hosting a huge music festival which will run in four sites in Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.

Michael Eavis' iconic music festival Glastonbury has taken intermittent fallow years since its inception in 1970 to avoid excessive damage to the site.

The 2018 rest year leaves room for the BBC to host a one-off four-day festival, called The Biggest Weekend, from May 25 - 28.

There will be more than 175,000 tickets available to the four-day music event. No acts have yet been announced, however the BBC said it will host "the biggest artists in the world" across the four-country event.

Bob Shennan, director of BBC radio and music, said in a statement: "BBC Music has a strong history of bringing the nation together for some special moments, and this is the biggest single music event ever attempted by the BBC.

"We will be celebrating the diversity of music from four different corners of the country, bringing the best UK music to the world and the best global music to the UK."

Glastonbury Festival 2017 took place in June, with Ed Sheeran dividing audiences as he closed the festival on the Sunday night. It is due to return in 2019.

Ed Sheeran divided audiences as he headlined Glastonbury 2017