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Oasis’ 1994 rarely seen set added to the BBC’s Glastonbury 2020 coverage

Oasis’ 1994 rarely seen set added to the BBC’s Glastonbury 2020 coverage

Rare footage of the band’s first appearance at Worthy Farm to be part of The Glastonbury Experience

The BBC has announced that it will air Oasis‘ rarely seen 1994 Glastonbury performance on its dedicated Glasto iPlayer channel later this month, to mark what would have been the festival’s 50th anniversary.

The 2020 instalment of the Worthy Farm-held event – set to be headlined by Paul McCartney, Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift – was cancelled in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The news of the cancellation was followed by a joint announcement from Glastonbury Festival and the BBC informing fans a celebratory run of programming across the Glasto-weekend is to be expected instead.

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BBC Radio 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq announced the news earlier this evening (June 15) on his show ‘Record Collection Roulette’, saying: “There are one or two quite rare live sets which I’m not sure have ever been repeated […] which is to say we’ll feature as part of the Glastonbury iPlayer channel […] amongst the sets you’ll be able to see is this set […] by Oasis, not one of the obvious ones… this, is from the first Oasis appearance at Glastonbury on the NME Stage in 1994…”

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1994 saw Oasis’ make their Glastonbury debut as they took to the NME Stage (known now as the Other Stage).

Moments after the announcement, ex-Oasis singer-songwriter Noel Gallagher’s official Twitter account tweeted out his quote taken from the Festival’s new acclaimed book – ‘Glastonbury 50‘.

Highlights from the mentioned set will also be shown on BBC Two on Friday 26th June as part of The Glastonbury Experience Live (8.30pm – 10pm) – hosted by Jo Whiley and Mark Radcliffe.

The broadcast celebration will take place over the originally scheduled dates of the Glasto-weekend – Thursday 25th to Monday 29th June.

Artists featured will include Amy Winehouse (2007), Arctic Monkeys (2013), Baaba Maal (2005), Blur (2009), Dizzee Rascal (2010), Lady Gaga (2009), PJ Harvey (2004), Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (1998) R.E.M. (2003), The Rolling Stones (2013), Toots and the Maytals (2011), Adele (2016), Beyoncé, (2011), David Bowie (2000), which will be the first time that performance has ever been broadcast in full on television, Coldplay (2016) and Jay Z (2008) – with many more set to be announced in due course.

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Some of the BBC’s iconic presenters which are synonymous with Glastonbury – including Clara Amfo, Edith Bowman, Jo Whiley, Lauren Laverne and Mark Radcliffe – will be hosting the four days of programming on BBC Television and BBC iPlayer, dedicated to the Festival.

In a message from organisers, announcing the Festival’s cancellation, Michael and Emily Eavis explained that cancelling this year’s event was their “only viable option” following “new government measures” to prevent the spread of the pandemic – saying: “We’re so sorry that this decision has been made. It was not through choice. But we look forward to welcoming you back to these fields next year and until then, we send our love and support to all of you.”

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