BBC Two is centre stage on 20th anniversary of live Glastonbury TV coverage


BBC Two will become the main TV outlet for this year's Glastonbury coverage, with more peak hours of coverage than ever.

The music festival, which runs from 23rd-25th June 2017 also benefits from not clashing with Wimbledon this year, which has traditionally affected how much time BBC Two and the BBC Red Button were able to devote to the music festival.

Twenty years after BBC Two broadcast from Glastonbury for the first time, covering acts including Radiohead, BBC Two will be devoting Friday night to an evening with Radiohead, broadcasting their headline set on the Friday night, as well as the whole of the performances by headliners Foo Fighters on Saturday and Ed Sheeran on Sunday, along with legendary Bee Gee, Barry Gibb, who is performing on Sunday teatime.

This year there will be over 30 hours of Glastonbury on TV across BBC Two and BBC Four, which has seen an increase in time devoted to music festival coverage since the closure of the BBC Three TV service. BBC Radio 3 will be broadcasting from the festival for the first time, treating their listeners to the very best of world music. 

BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 6 Music will all host live shows from Worthy Farm. Online, the BBC will be streaming 120 performances from six stages across the festival, all in HD and available to watch on BBC iPlayer and connected Red Button, both live and on demand throughout the weekend and beyond.

Bob Shennan, Director BBC Radio & Music, says: 
“Glastonbury on the BBC has become the pop music highlight of the British summer. BBC Music is thrilled to be offering music lovers so many ways to experience the unique atmosphere of the world’s most famous music festival - at home or on the move. 
"This year we will broadcast 30 hours of TV coverage, as well as live broadcasts on Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, 6 Music and for the first time, Radio 3. There will be well over 100 performances streamed online - bringing an unsurpassed range of music to our audience, from multi-million selling headline acts to emerging artists on the BBC Music Introducing stage.”

Coverage on TV and Radio will be hosted by the likes of Alice Levine, Annie Mac, Cerys Matthews, Charlie Sloth, Chris Evans, Clara Amfo, Gemma Cairney, Huw Stephens, James Ballardie, Jo Whiley, Lauren Laverne, Mark Radcliffe, Steve Lamacq and Tom Ravenscroft, as well as others still to be confirmed.

After the festival, fans will have the opportunity to vote using social media for their favourite sets from across the weekend, with the most popular counted down on a special BBC Red Button show on Friday 30 June.


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