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The Glastonbury Experience 2021: BBC reveal details of special celebration plans

The Glastonbury Experience 2021: BBC reveal details of special celebration plans

For a second year, BBC Music brings the magic of Worthy Farm to viewers and listeners

Following Glastonbury‘s cancellation for the second consecutive year in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the BBC has announced that it will be celebrating the legendary Festival with a musical extravaganza.

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Announcing the news via their social channels this morning (June 8), the BBC has confirmed The Glastonbury Experience 2021 will be a celebration of Glastonbury Festival across BBC  television, BBC iPlayer, BBC radio and BBC Sounds, from Friday 25 – Sunday 27 June.

The Press Release reveals that The Glastonbury Experience 2021 will include:

  • A BBC iPlayer Glastonbury pop-up channel. Across the weekend (Friday 25 – Sunday 27 June), the BBC iPlayer channel will stream a mix of classic sets, documentaries and specially curated programmes from Radio 2’s Jo Whiley, Radio 1’s Clara Amfo and 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne. Each day of programming will focus on a different theme at Glastonbury – the 1990s (Friday), the 21st century (Saturday) and Legends (Sunday)
  • Over 50 full Glastonbury sets from the BBC archives available to watch on BBC iPlayer and over 30 sets to listen to on BBC Sounds from Monday 21 June. This is in addition to individual Live At Worthy Farm performances which will be available to stream on BBC iPlayer from Thursday 24 June. Glastonbury presents Live At Worthy Farm premiered online on Saturday 22 May and saw performances from Wolf Alice, Michael Kiwanuka, George Ezra, IDLES, HAIM, Coldplay, Damon Albarn, Jorja Smith, The Smile, Kano and Honey Dijon featuring Róisín Murphy
  • Classic Glastonbury performances from artists including Radiohead (1997), Kylie (2019) and Fela Kuti (1984) – the latter of which has never been shown on TV in its entirety before – broadcast on BBC Two and BBC Four across the weekend
  • An exclusive 60 minute BBC Two documentary – Live At Worthy Farm: Backstage (w/t) presented by Jo Whiley, which will tell the story of how this once in a lifetime event was put together. This will be followed by Live At Worthy Farm: Highlights (w/t), featuring a selection of performances from the artists who took part in the event
  • A weekend of Glastonbury themed programmes across Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2 and 6 Music. Programming will include a range of classic tracks, as well as highlights from Live At Worthy Farm performances
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Lorna Clarke, Controller, BBC Pop Music, says: “Summer wouldn’t be complete without a celebration of Glastonbury on the BBC and this year will be no exception. We’ll be making many of the spectacular performances that the BBC and Glastonbury Festival have worked together to capture over the years available across TV, radio and digital platforms. I’m also delighted that Emily and Michael Eavis have allowed us to broadcast highlights from Live At Worthy Farm, for listeners and viewers to enjoy whenever they wish and wherever they are.”

Clara Amfo says: “As a nation of music lovers, Glastonbury is truly a part of our DNA. Whether it’s two or twenty performances, we all have a collection of them seared into our memory from many a previous weekend on this Somerset farm! Sharing some of my personal faves is a real treat and a testament to the hard work from the Eavis family and these brilliant artists.”

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Lauren Laverne says: “Bringing the world’s greatest festival into viewers’ homes with the BBC Glastonbury team is pretty much the best job in the world. A close second, however, is being given access to the archive to help curate a selection of performances by some of the many music icons to have graced the Glastonbury stages. I’ve got a line-up of legends for your living room on Sunday and I can’t wait to share it with you. See you down the front!”

Jo Whiley says: “Whilst we can’t be together in the fields of Pilton just yet, I can’t wait to go back in time and share a selection of my favourite Glastonbury memories and performances with you all. I have incredibly fond memories of the 90s at Glastonbury, so join me on Friday 25 June to relive some of the very best moments from that unforgettable decade. I had a fantastic time at Live At Worthy Farm in May, so I’m also really looking forward to showing viewers exactly what went on behind the scenes.”

For more information and the full breakdown, click here.

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Meanwhile, With no Glastonbury taking place on Worthy Farm for a second consecutive year in 2021, Michael and Emily Eavis are inviting campers, for one year only, to experience the farm in a way they’ve never been able to before – in Worthy Pastures – a family-friendly campsite at Worthy Farm which will take place later this summer.

Glastonbury 2022 is set to take place at its natural home in Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, from 22nd – 26th June 2022

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