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BBC announces Glastonbury 2024 coverage plans

NME | Music News | May 30, 2024

The BBC has announced its coverage plans for Glastonbury Festival 2024 – you can find all the details below.

This legendary Worthy Farm event will take place between June 26-30, with Dua LipaColdplay and SZA due to headline the Pyramid Stage. Other confirmed acts include Shania TwainLCD SoundsystemLittle Simz, The National, Avril LavigneThe Last Dinner PartyJungleJusticeBloc PartyFontaines D.C.Yard ActArlo Parks and Gossip.

READ MORE: Glastonbury 2024: check out the full line-up and stage splits so far

Today (May 30), the BBC – Glasto’s exclusive broadcast partner – has shared details of its “longest celebration of the festival yet” across TV, BBC iPlayer, radio and BBC Sounds.

Fans who weren’t lucky enough to bag a ticket for Glasto ’24 will be able to enjoy “over 90 hours of live performances from the five main stages on BBC iPlayer, extensive coverage on TV [and] 90 hours of radio broadcasts live from the festival”.

Viewers can access live-streams of The Pyramid, Other, West Holts, Woodsies and The Park stages in Ultra High Definition.

Clara Amfo, Jack Saunders, Jo Whiley and Lauren Laverne will present the main TV coverage this year. Other hosts across the BBC include Huw Stephens, Cerys Matthews, Craig Charles, Danny Howard and Zoe Ball.

The new additions to the schedule for 2024 include the Glastonbury Channel II on iPlayer, as well as a series of 30-minute TV specials from the likes of Dua Lipa and Coldplay on BBC Two.

BBC Sounds is set to house further coverage, featuring special episodes of Annie Mac and Nick Grimshaw‘s Sidetracked podcast – which will begin weekly from Monday June 3. A bonus edition, Glastonbury According To Sidetracked, will be available after the event.

Glastonbury 2024 is coming to the BBC and we’re bringing the magic of Worthy Farm to you wherever you are across the UK!

Explore full festival coverage on TV, @BBCiPlayer, Radio & @BBCSounds

More info

— BBC Press Office (@bbcpress) May 30, 2024

Following a weekend of performances across the BBC’s TV channels, BBC Two will round-up the best bits of Glastonbury 2024 with a highlights show.

The full TV schedule from Saturday June 22 to Friday June 28 June will be announced on Wednesday June 12, and the TV schedules from Saturday June 29 June to Friday July 5 will be confirmed on Wednesday June 19.

Additionally, The One Show will broadcast live from Worthy Farm on the first full day of music (Friday June 28).

In the run-up to the gates opening, the Classic Glastonbury Channel on iPlayer will stream sets from previous years – such as Elton John, Kylie Minogue and Ed Sheeran. This is due to go live on Monday June 10.

The Glastonbury Highlights Channel, meanwhile, is “for those wanting to catch up on the sets they missed, or to relive those memorable moments they experienced in the field”. Fans can tune in to this stream from Monday July 1 to Sunday July 14.

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This year’s radio coverage includes live broadcasts from Lauren Laverne on 6 Music – which will be airing 54 hours of live shows from Worthy Farm. On Radio 1, Jamie Laing and Vick Hope will roam the site to find the best Glasto stories.

Radio 2’s Jo Whiley will preview and broadcast Shania Twain’s Pyramid Stage legends slot on Sunday June 30, with Coldplay’s headline set airing on the station the previous evening (June 29).

Lorna Clarke, BBC Director of Music, said: “The BBC’s coverage of Glastonbury is one of the biggest jewels in the BBC’s pop crown and we’re evolving our programming to bring audiences many ways to enjoy the festival across our platforms – it’s their Glastonbury on the BBC.

“This year will see the debut of Glastonbury Channel II, a welcome addition to our multiple BBC iPlayer streams, giving viewers a rolling round-up of the key moments from each day.”

Clarke continued: “We’re also proud that for the second year, Pyramid Stage – Signed returns, with performances from Glastonbury’s most iconic stage in British Sign Language, bringing the Glastonbury experience closer to all viewers.

Elton John performing at Glastonbury 2023. CREDIT: NME

“I would like to thank Emily and Michael Eavis once again for allowing us this exclusive access to Glastonbury, as only the BBC can bring the nation together to enjoy their unique festival.”

Emily Eavis said: “We’re incredibly proud of our ongoing partnership with the BBC and always look forward to hearing about the exciting developments in their coverage each year.

“I’d like to thank Lorna Clarke, Alison Howe and their team for celebrating our festival so brilliantly and for sharing the special spirit of Glastonbury with an audience far beyond these fields. We’re so looking forward to welcoming them back to Worthy Farm in June.”

You can find the full details of the BBC at Glastonbury 2024 here.

In other news, the BBC Music Introducing stage has announced its line-up for this year. The venue will also host special sets to celebrate the life of legendary Radio 1 DJ Annie Nightingale.

Check out the full Glastonbury 2024 line-up so far with stage splits here. Meanwhile, the new Glasto site map has revealed some key changes for 2024.

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