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BBC outlines Glastonbury coverage for 2015

The BBC has announced 30 hours of Glastonbury coverage across its TV channels this year.

Many TV viewers will be able to access an extra three BBC Red Button streams of content from the Somerset venue.

The festival runs from Wednesday 24th June, with the main events starting Friday 26th June through until Sunday 28th June 2015 and includes a headlining acts from Kanye West and Foo Fighters.

TV coverage kicks off on BBC One on the Friday with The One Show’s Chris Evans and Alex Jones presenting their usual show live from Glastonbury at 7pm.

The BBC has confirmed that BBC Two will showcase the big headline acts, fronted by Lauren Laverne, Jo Whiley and Mark Radcliffe, while Greg James will be "providing a younger perspective to the BBC Three audience"; a notably toned down reference to the threatened channel compared to recent years.

BBC Four will be taking a look at years gone by with performance highlights from bygone Glastonbury acts.

Viewers with Freeview HD, Freesat, YouView, Virgin Media and Sky devices will have access to three BBC Red Button streams. Earlier this week, the BBC configured six standard definition Red Button streams on satellite, which will be made available to Sky and Freesat users in June. The other three Red Button streams are expected to be devoted to sports coverage, lead by Wimbledon.

And, in addition to those streams, after 9pm each day, viewers with access to BBC Red Button+, the connected Red Button service available on some smart TVs, TiVo's and YouView boxes, can catch the action live from six stages.

More action from the event will be transmitted on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music, and BBC Asian Network, with Chris Evans starting proceedings when he broadcasts his Radio 2 Breakfast Show live from the Worthy Farm site on the Friday morning from 7am.

BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra’s coverage will be fronted by Alice Levine, Annie Mac, DJ Target, Huw Stephens, and new Live Lounge presenter Clara Amfo, who took over Radio 1’s mid-morning slot this week. In addition to coverage of the performances throughout the weekend, there will be an extended Essential Mix live from the mesmerising Shangri-La area in the early hours of Saturday morning from 1am to 4am on Radio 1.

Plus, Kanye West’s Saturday night headlining set will be broadcast live on a simulcast across both Radio 1 and 1Xtra, presented by 1Xtra’s Charlie Sloth.Making up the BBC Radio 2 line-up are Jo Whiley and Dermot O’Leary, providing live moments from the best of the festival with two special afternoon shows on the Saturday and Sunday, while over on BBC 6 Music Cerys Matthews, Stuart Maconie, Steve Lamacq and Lauren Laverne will present coverage.

Over 100 performances will be available to viewers via BBC iPlayer and the BBC's Glastonbury website.


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