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Crews set to start setting up stage for Biggest Weekend

STAGE and site construction teams are set to move into Singleton Park early next week, a fortnight ahead of the biggest two-day music festival ever held in Swansea.

BBC Music's The Biggest Weekend will be broadcasting live across two days on the late May Bank Holiday featuring some of the biggest names in the music industry.

The work means that some areas of the park will be cordoned-off while BBC contractors get to work on creating the stage from which Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and many others will be showcasing Swansea to the world.

And while they're aiming to keep disruption for park users to a minimum, some areas will be temporarily inaccessible.

Robert Francis-Davies, Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Major Projects, said: "May 26 and 27 will be the biggest weekend of music this year for the UK and Singleton Park's going to be at the heart of it.

"It's going to be a fantastic event and we want to thank residents and park users for their patience and understanding while preparation for the event goes ahead.

"A lot of the park will still be available for recreational use during the countdown period, but some sections of some footpaths and grassed areas will need to be closed as BBC teams build the stage and set up the main performance areas.

"The areas that are being cordoned off are being clearly marked by signs going up in the park."

Swansea's sell-out show is expected to be broadcast to millions of people across the UK and around the world.

Ticket holders are receiving information about travel and other event arrangements. Most of these are from the Swansea area, so their journey to the event will be short and familiar. Designated car parks near Singleton Park will be set up and the Park and Ride site at Fabian Way will be dedicated to the event on both days.

In addition, there will be special drop-off and pick-up zones running along De La Beche Road which will be turned into a one way road. The zones will be managed in order to minimise disruption to residents and to keep traffic moving. Brynmill Lane will be closed for the weekend.

Cllr Francis-Davies added: "The area is going to be very busy over that weekend. If you're a dog walker or thinking of visiting Singleton Park, our advice would be to take the opportunity to use one of the adjacent parks or one of the many other fantastic local parks that we have."

For more information:

If you are a ticket-holder and are looking for general event information please refer to: www.enjoyswanseabay.com

If you are a ticket holder and have queries about your tickets, please contact the BBC directly via www.bbc.co.uk/biggestweekend


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