BBC plans for 2021 Glastonbury Festival weekend revealed

THE BBC will again air a weekend of specials to mark the Glastonbury Festival, which has been canceled for the second year running due to the pandemic.

Like last year’s virtual celebration, The Glastonbury Experience 2021 will air on TV, radio, BBC Sounds and iPlayer and feature a mix of classic sets, documentaries and specials.

From Friday June 25 to Sunday June 27, Radio 2’s Jo Whiley, Radio 1’s Clara Amfo and 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne will all host tributes to the Somerset event and its 50-year history.

Each day of programming will focus on a different theme at Glastonbury, the 1990s on Friday, the 21st century on Saturday and legends on Sunday.

However, this year, individual performances from the Live At Worthy Farm event will also be available to stream on iPlayer starting Thursday, June 24.

The five-hour global livestream premiered in May and saw artists including Coldplay, Michael Kiwanuka and Jorja Smith perform from locations around the festival site.

A one-hour BBC Two documentary with the working title Live At Worthy Farm: Backstage and presented by Jo Whiley will tell the story of how the event was organised.

Classic Glastonbury performances from artists such as Radiohead (1997), Kylie Minogue (2019) and Fela Kuti (1984), the latter of which has never been shown on TV in its entirety before, will also be shown on BBC Two and BBC Four throughout the weekend. .


EMPTY: Live At Worthy Farm was filmed around an empty site. PHOTO: Paul Jones

Amfo said: “As a nation of music lovers, Glastonbury is very much in our DNA.

“Whether it’s two or 20 performances, we all have a collection etched in our memory from many previous weekends at this Somerset farmhouse.

“Sharing some of my personal favorites is a real treat and a testament to the hard work of the Eavis family and these brilliant artists.”

Laverne said: “Bringing the biggest festival in the world into the homes of viewers with the team at BBC Glastonbury is pretty much the best job in the world.

“A close second, however, has access to the archive to help curate a selection of performances from some of the many musical icons to have graced the stages of Glastonbury.

“I have a line-up of legends for your show on Sunday and I can’t wait to share it with you.

“Meet in front!


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Lorna Clarke, BBC Pop Music Controller, said: “Summer wouldn’t be complete without a Glastonbury celebration on the BBC and this year will be no exception.

“We will be making available on television, radio and digital platforms many of the spectacular performances that the BBC and Glastonbury Festival have worked together to capture over the years.

“I’m also thrilled that Emily and Michael Eavis have allowed us to bring the best moments from Live At Worthy Farm to life, for listeners and viewers to enjoy whenever and wherever they want.”

In May Glastonbury organizers were given permission to hold a special one-day event at Worthy Farm in September.

The license allows up to 50,000 participants, but they will not be allowed to camp overnight.

Co-organizer Emily Eavis told NME that, if it were to go ahead, the event would be a bigger version of the Pilton Party, an annual fundraising concert for local villagers, workers and residents, and would be called Equinox.

Jan G. Gilbert