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BBC to launch The Glastonbury Experience

May 27, 2020

From June 25th to 29th, when the 50th anniversary of Glastonbury Festival was due to take place, the BBC will be bringing the spirit of Glastonbury to viewers at home with The Glastonbury Experience across BBC television, BBC iPlayer, BBC radio and BBC Sounds.

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 (2016), Beyoncé (2011), Coldplay (2016), Jay-Z (2008) and David Bowie (2000) – which will be the first time that performance has ever been broadcast in full on television.

BBC iPlayer will ofer new pop-up BBC Glastonbury channel, bringing viewers back-to-back iconic sets and highlights from past festivals. iPlayer will also allow viewers to relive classic moments whenever they want, with over 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 Junend. Plus, Lauren Laverne will be joined in her BBC Radio 6 Music morning programme by Emily Eavis on June 26th.

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.

Lorna Clarke, Controller, BBC Pop, said: “Glastonbury Festival has for decades been a huge moment in the BBC’s music calendar, thanks to Michael and Emily’s magical creation. 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 across TV, BBC iPlayer, radio and BBC Sounds, to give our audience a taste of the festival in their own homes.”

Emily Eavis added: “There are so many memorable sets being played across the BBC over what would have been our 50th anniversary weekend. Personally, I’m looking forward to a weekend of reflecting on the history of our festival and going back to some classic performances from David Bowie, Adele, REM, Beyoncé, The Rolling Stones, Jay-Z, Billie Eilish and lots more. Me and my dad will definitely be watching.”

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