Watch and listen to Glastonbury 2024 with BBC's full Festival coverage

Watch and listen to Glastonbury 2024 with BBC’s full Festival coverage

Fans will enjoy the "longest celebration of the festival yet" — including over 90 hours of live performances and a new channel titled 'Glastonbury II'

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Glastonbury 2024 BBC Coverage Pesenters
Glastonbury 2024 BBC Coverage Pesenters · Credit: BBC Press

This year’s Glastonbury Festival kicks off on Wednesday, 26th June and closes out the evening of Sunday, 30th June — featuring a massive lineup of hundreds of over 3,000 performances across dozens of stages, including this year’s Pyramid Stage headliners Dua Lipa, Coldplay, and SZA.

While the gates for the largest green fields festival on earth open on Wednesday to allow fans into the Worthy Farm site enabling them to pitch tents and roam the site, the music programme doesn’t really start until the Thursday, with the vast majority of artists playing throughout Friday, Saturday and Sunday — If you’re not at the Festival in person, these are days you will be able to watch coverage at home (as detailed below).

Pyramid Stage crowd
Pyramid Stage crowd · Credit: allerorts.de

Although Glastonbury has been filmed for television broadcast since 1994, BBC took over the coverage in 1997 and has filmed the Festival ever since while becoming the main channel for all things Glastonbury over the years — and this year is no different.

Despite the main event running from 26 – 30 June, the network will begin their coverage of the Worthy Farm event early from Monday, 10 June and extend it through 14 July — in addition to the creation of the brand new Glastonbury Channel II for 2024, which was announced late last month (30th May).

BBC Director of Music Lorna Clarke explains: “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.

“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.”

Clarke adds: “This is in addition to over 90 hours of live performances from the five main stages on BBC iPlayer, extensive coverage on TV, 90 hours of radio broadcasts live from the festival, plus much more to discover on BBC Sounds – including Sidetracked By Glastonbury, presented by Annie Macmanus and Nick Grimshaw, which will also be available on BBC iPlayer from the first week of June.

“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.”

Glastonbury organiser, 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.”

Glastonbury 2024 · BBC Channels

📺 Glastonbury Channel Live: The BBC’s main festival channel highlighting the best performances, highlights and special guests.
28-30 June: from 12noon until late.

📺 Glastonbury Channel II: A new introduction for 2024, and the second main Glastonbury channel featuring some of the highlight performances from across the weekend.
— 28 June: 6pm-midnight; June 29/30: 10am-late.

📺 Pyramid Stage Signed: The Pyramid Stage Signed returns for 2024 and will broadcast sets from the main stage in British Sign Language.
— 28-30 June: various times throughout the day.

📺 Five Main Stage Live Streams: Flick between the five main festival stages: Pyramid, Other, West Holts, Woodsies and The Park, with performances on the Pyramid being streamed live in Ultra High Definition.
— 28-30 June: Varying times throughout the festival weekend.

📺 Classic Glastonbury Channel: An extensive selection of iconic performances from previous editions of the Festival, in addition to documentaries and compilations about the Worthy Farm event.
— Starts 10 June: Runs through the festival weekend.

📺 Glastonbury Highlights Channel: Catch up on all the performances you missed throughout a 24-hour stream.
— 1-14 July: midnight-midnight.

The vast BBC team of broadcasters includes Annie Macmanus, Arielle Free, Cerys Matthews, Clara Amfo, Craig Charles, Danny Howard, Deb Grant, Dermot O’Leary, DJ Target, Emily Pilbeam, Huw Stephens, Jack Saunders, Jamie Laing, Jamz Supernova, Jo Whiley, Katie Thistleton, Lauren Laverne, Matt Everitt, Nathan Shepherd, Nick Grimshaw, Sarah Story, Sherelle, Tom Ravenscroft, Vick Hope, Zoe Ball and more.

Alongside Glastonbury Channel II on iPlayer, the highlights of 2024’s coverage also include 30-minute specials with headliners Dua Lipa and Coldplay on BBC Two and a series of Sidetracked podcasts by Annie Mac and Nick Grimshaw that feature interviews with Emily Eavis, Sunday Legends Slot performer Shania Twain and more.

Viewers will be able to watch over 90 hours of live performances across the five main festival stages, with 10 streams broadcasting across five weeks — in addition to over 90 sets and key tracks from the five filmed stages, and themed compilations, which will be available on demand for 30 days after broadcast.

Coverage on BBC TV will be presented by Clara Amfo, Jack Saunders, Jo Whiley and Lauren Laverne — with The full TV schedule from 22-28 June set to be announced on 12th June, and the TV schedules from 29 June – 5 July to follow on 19the June.

Radio coverage kicks off on BBC Radio 6 Music and will also go out via 1Xtra, 1 Dance, Radio 2, Radio 4, and of course, Radio 1 where Jamie Laing and Vick Hope will roam the site to find the best Glasto stories — There is an extensive programme on BBC Sounds too, including a daily Glastonbury.

If you’re based in the UK, you’ll be able to access all this content through the BBC iPlayer, while audio coverage will also be available via the BBC Sounds app.

If that’s not enough, the BBC Music YouTube channel has a great playlist of key performances from last year’s festival and more.

The Glastonbury Festival site overlooking The Park area and Ribbon Tower.
Glastonbury site overlooking The Park’s Ribbon Tower (2015) · Credit: Rachel D

Other Glasto News

Following the full line-up announcement including stage splits and times, the Glastonbury officials released the Glastonbury 2024 app by Vodafone — “Packed with exciting, game-changing features” — including Spotify integration, line-up curation and sharing, Map navigation, and more

Meanwhile, the first public version of the Glastonbury 2024 map was revealed on the 24th of May, ahead of this year’s highly anticipated festival, detailing some updates and changes to this year’s iteration.

The Festival also announced that the iconic Carhenge installation which returned to the Festival last year (36 years after Joe Rush first built the original sculpture at the event in 1987), will return once again to Worthy Farm this summer

Elsewhere, Block9 revealed its exciting programme for Glastonbury 2024 last month (24th May), with a roaring roster of acts and the return (after a five-year hiatus) of brutalist giant and outdoor dance arena, Genosys — alongside legendary venues NYC Downlow, Meat Rack, and IICON.

Block9's Genosys at Glastonbury 2014
Block9’s Genosys (2014) · Credit: Peter Podrowski

Arcadia also unveiled their 2024 line-up last month (22nd May), featuring a giant Dragonfly that will replace the Festival’s legendary Spider for this year’s edition.

The cinema tent, also known as Pilton Palais, then revealed its film and Q&A line-up for 2024 on the 20th of May, before Unfairground did so on the 17th of May, which followed Strummerville‘s reveal on the 16th of May.

The Free University of Glastonbury also dropped their programme on the 16th of May, saying: “It’s here! A selection of brilliant minds spewing words of wisdom and sultry sounds, to feed those hungry (and likely hungover) brains throughout the festival weekend… What a weekend it’s set to be.”

Before that, The Park area announced their line-up on the 15th of May at 12 noon, while confirming two new venues for this summer’s event; The Wishing Well and Scissors — which will replace the legendary Rabbit Hole, after 17 years of activity on site.

The Poetry & Words team also released their line-up poster for 2024 via their official Facebook page on the 14th of May – along with revealing some exciting plans for a new Spoken Word Theatre, which you can read all about here.

Other poster bills already released include Glasto Latino (13th May), Croissant Neuf (8th May), Theatre & Circus (6th May), KIdzfield (4th May), The Common (3rd May), Left Field (1st May), Woodsies (30th April), Silver Hayes (29th April), West Holts (26th April), The Glade (22nd April), Shangri-La (19th April), Field of Avalon (16th April) and Acoustic Stage – which was the first area to kick off the string of area announcements on the 12th of April.

Glastonbury 2024 lineup poster, designed by Stanley Donwood.
Glastonbury 2024 lineup poster · design: Stanley Donwood

Site Updates & Changes

Some other exciting updates and changes for Glastonbury 2024 include the introduction of a brand-new stage in the Shangri-La area, called Arrivals, which will be dedicated entirely to South Asian talent — as well as a renamed Peace stage (formerly Truth).

Silver Hayes will introduce a reimagined version of the former WOW stage in the form of a new indoor space called Assembly — in addition to a new wellness area called Room that will feature sound baths, meditation, yoga and more.

Other changes for 2024 include the new Tree Stage in the Woodsies area which is being described as: “A new outdoor venue, set beneath an oak tree décor canopy, zeroing into the immersive, ambient and experimental” — while The Park area has announced the departure of its legendary Rabbit Hole, which will make way for two brand-new venues; The Wishing Well and Scissors.

The Park Stage (2019) · Credit: allerorts.de

Glastonbury Camping Guide

When camping at Glastonbury Festival, remember; Each campsite has its pluses and minuses and every person has their varied wants and needs — it’s not a “one size fits all” scenario.

Your Glastonbury ticket price includes access to all the camping fields, which means you can choose to pitch your tent anywhere within the designated camping zones that reside throughout the Festival fields — spanning from right next to the Pyramid Stage, to more tranquil areas on the outskirts of the Festival.

Click here to view our comprehensive guide to choosing the best place for you to camp at Glastonbury Festival.

Some camping fields have a direct view of the Pyramid Stage like Big Ground, Row Mead or Kidney Mead
Some camping fields have a direct view of the Pyramid Stage like Big Ground or Kidney Mead · Credit: Collette Warren

Glastonbury Food Stalls

Glastonbury is well known for being the best music and arts festival in the world, but some would say it should also be considered one of the best food festivals around.

With almost 800 vendors and traders in total, of which approximately 400 are solely food-based, the Markets have become a major attraction in their own right, as the Festival now offers some of the tastiest eats on the planet and is without a doubt a foodie’s heaven.

Click here to view our daily updated list of food stalls that have been confirmed for Glastonbury 2024, so far.

Glastonbury vendors and traders.
Glastonbury vendors and traders.
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