Glastonbury Festival: Live at Worthy Farm director wins BAFTA TV Craft Award

THE director of a live-streamed concert hosted by Glastonbury Festival organizers has won a BAFTA Craft Award for his role in the five-hour production.

Live at Worthy Farm became Glastonbury’s first-ever online livestream in May last year in a bid to bring “a bit of Glastonbury to your home” following back-to-back festival cancellations.

The concert took place at Worthy Farm landmarks including the Pyramid Stage and Stone Circle, and featured Coldplay, George Ezra, Idles, Haim and Wolf Alice among its lineup.

The show was directed by Grammy-nominated director Paul Dugdale and was co-produced by live-streaming specialists Driift and BBC Studios Productions.

Last night Dugdale won the BAFTA TV Craft Award for Director: Multi-Camera.

After winning the award, Dugdale said: “I mainly film live music and so doing Glastonbury is like the holy grail.

“I really share this award with producer Amy James, who is totally amazing.

“If you need a black Cadillac pulled out of a warehouse when the keys are in London and you’re in Somerset, that’s who to go to, so thank you very much.

“My dad really loved Glastonbury. This is for him.”

He also thanked festival co-organizers Michael and Emily Eavis, Nick Dewey, Driift, the BBC, and the artists and crew who made the concert possible.

He was congratulated on Twitter by Emily Eavis, who said: “Incredible news about Paul Dugdale winning a BAFTA for Live At Worthy Farm. So well deserved.”

Paul Jones, who reviewed Live at Worthy Farm for the county gazettewrote: “It was a stunning film, with stunning performances, and we hope it helps secure the future of the event we hold so dear.

“So ambition should be applauded and achievement respected, because you can’t achieve the impossible – but that’s about as close as you’ll ever get.”

However, some music fans experienced technical issues trying to access the live stream due to an “invalid code” message, leading Driift to tweet out a free-to-use link.

Glastonbury Festival is set to return to Worthy Farm this year after a two-year absence due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Around 210,000 people are expected to attend the event near Pilton between June 22 and June 26.

In October, Billie Eilish was confirmed as the headliner for Friday night’s Pyramid Stage, making her the youngest solo artist to headline.

Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney will headline the festival for the second time in his career on Saturday night, while American rapper Kendrick Lamar will close Glastonbury on Sunday.

George Ezra was on the poster. Image: Glastonbury presents Live at Worthy Farm, PA Media

Other notable acts from the full lineup include Diana Ross, Olivia Rodrigo, Lorde, Pet Shop Boys, Sam Fender, Sigrid, Charli XCX and Doja Cat.

Line-ups for the region are announced weekly, with artists from Field of Avalon and Silver Hayes having been confirmed over the past fortnight.

Jan G. Gilbert