BBC unveils Glastonbury Festival 2021 ‘Experience’ plans

The Glastonbury Festival may not take place this year, but the BBC has unveiled its plans for the next best thing.

‘Glastonbury Experience 2021’, as the company calls it, includes full classic sets, highlights from the recent Live at Worthy Farm livestream and an all-new documentary.

The main event is a pop-up channel from Glastonbury on the BBC iPlayer during what would have been the festival weekend, from Friday June 25 to Sunday June 27.

The company says the channel will broadcast “a mix of classic sets, documentaries and specially curated programming 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).

Additionally, from June 21, over 50 full sets from Glastonbury Festival over the years will be available on iPlayer and over 30 on BBC Sounds.

Individual performances from Live at Worthy Farm, meanwhile, will be available on iPlayer from June 24.

The documentary, a 60-minute special hosted by Jo Whiley, is a behind-the-scenes look at how Live at Worthy Farm was planned and put together at relatively short notice amid the coronavirus pandemic. Tentatively titled Backstage, it will air on BBC Two on Sunday June 27.

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Classic sets to air on iPlayer, BBC Two and BBC Four throughout the weekend will include Kylie Minogue (2019), Radiohead (1997) and Fela Kuti (1984), the latter of which has never been shown on TV in its entirety. .

There will also be “surprise sets” revealed and released in full on each of the three days of the weekend.

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