Enjoy a feast of Glastonbury fun from your living room

Wednesday, 10th June 2020, 2:43 pm
Updated Wednesday, 10th June 2020, 2:44 pm

The BBC will be bringing the spirit of Glastonbury to viewers at home this month - when the festival would have been celebrating its 50th anniversary.

BBC Two, BBC Four and BBC iPlayer will show classic Glastonbury performances in full from some of the biggest artists in the history of the festival, including Adele, Beyoncé, David Bowie, Coldplay and Jay-Z.BBC iPlayer will become the home for Glastonbury lovers, with a brand new pop-up BBC Glastonbury channel, bringing viewers back-to-back iconic sets and highlights from past festivals. BBC iPlayer will also allow viewers to relive classic moments whenever they want, with more than 60 historic sets available to watch on-demand.

BBC radio highlights will include a series of special shows from Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2 from Monday June 22. And Lauren Laverne will be joined in her BBC Radio 6 Music morning programme by Emily Eavis on Friday June 26.

BBC Sounds will be the place for top audio highlights, bringing together the biggest moments from across BBC Radio, over 20 archive performances and All Day Glastonbury curated collections of back-to-back sets, allowing listeners to dive in for hours of great moments from Glastonbury over the years.

Some of the BBC’s best loved presenters including Clara Amfo, Edith Bowman, Jo Whiley, Lauren Laverne and Mark Radcliffe will host four days of programming.

Lorna Clarke, controller of BBC Pop, said: “Even though Worthy Farm can’t be full of thousands of music lovers this year, the BBC will celebrate with four days of memories and archive footage to give our audience a taste of the festival in their own homes.”

Beyonce at the Glastonbury Festival in 2011 (photo: Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

The festival, organised by Michael Eavis and his daughter Emily Eavis takes place at Worthy Farm in Somerset. It began in 1970 when, the day after the death of Jimi Hendrix, Eavis opened his farm for the first time to over a thousand punters. Glastonbury is now the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world.

The Glastonbury Experience runs from Thursday June 25 to Monday June 29. Visit bbc.co.uk/events/evrj6q for details.