Glastonbury - BBC have it covered

Haven't got a ticket for Glastonbury? Here's how you can experience it without getting your feet muddy

By The Newsroom
Friday, 17th June 2016, 1:11 pm
Updated Friday, 17th June 2016, 1:18 pm

If you’ve missed out on a ticket to this year’s Glastonbury festival, the Beeb have you covered.

Once again, BBC Music will be presenting a programming feast, delivering extensive coverage for audiences tuning in via radio, online and TV with even more to see via BBC Red Button.

Coverage will include live-streams from six key music stages including the BBC Music Introducing stage (which supports unsigned and under-the-radar musicians), reflecting the wealth and breadth of acts at the festival – from the biggest headliners to some of the newest talent on the music scene.

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Who’ll be presenting it?

The BBC’s coverage will be fronted by big names including Chris Evans, Jo Whiley, Dermot O’Leary, Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq, Cerys Matthews, Trevor Nelson, Mark Radcliffe, Huw Stephens, Gemma Cairney, Greg James, Annie Mac, Yasser, Clara Amfo, Alice Levine, DJ Target and Martin Dougan as well as others still to be confirmed.

What if you’re on the move?

The new BBC Music app will give users access to more Glastonbury than ever before.

The free app, which launched earlier this year, will be packed with exclusive full sets and tracks from across the weekend, allowing audiences to get up close and personal with the music that they love.

TV Coverage

This year marks the 20th year of BBC Television coverage of the festival, which began in 1997.

Over 25 hours of TV coverage will be spread across BBC One (The One Show), BBC Two and BBC Four.

The One Show kicks off the BBC TV coverage of the festival with a 30-minute show fronted by Alex Jones and Greg James. They’ll be joined by a number of special guests on the famous sofa.

BBC Two will once again be the home of the Pyramid Stage headliners with Muse, Adele and Coldplay’s sets being broadcast in their entirety along with that of the Sunday teatime legend, Jeff Lynne’s ELO. The channel will also show highlights from the artists playing on a variety of stages on Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and late night on Saturday and Sunday.

BBC Four will also feature a variety of whole sets across the weekend, including the likes of Foals, New Order, PJ Harvey and Earth Wind & Fire, along with extended highlights from a variety of other acts.


With over 60 hours of content spread across BBC Radio 1, Radio 1Xtra, BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio 4, audiences will be able to choose from a whole range of content – from headline sets by Coldplay and Adele to the Sunday legends set by Jeff Lynne’s ELO on Radio 2, sets from PJ Harvey, Beck, Muse and Underworld on 6 Music and a live Essential Mix from Annie Mac, Four Tet and Julio Bashmore on Radio 1. The radio coverage will be overseen by Philippa Aylott, Editor, BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music.

Annie Mac will kick off the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage on Thursday evening with a live broadcast from the Introducing stage with live performances and DJs. Radio 1’s Clara Amfo, Huw Stephens and Alice Levine will also broadcast shows from the site alongside a live Essential Mix featuring Annie Mac, Four Tet, Julio Bashmore and Kowton. 1Xtra will broadcast an all-female DJ line-up from the Wow stage alongside DJ Target with a BBC Introducing special.

Over on Radio 2, The Chris Evans Breakfast Show, which reaches an average weekly audience of 9.73m listeners, will be coming live from site on Friday 24 June. Other network presenters including Jo Whiley, Dermot O’Leary and Trevor Nelson, who will be experiencing his first ever Glastonbury, will be at Worthy Farm.

Streaming services

BBC Glastonbury’s digital offer returns this year with online live streams of six stages, all in HD and available to watch on the BBC Glastonbury website across the weekend. There will be around 120 performances available on demand at and BBC iPlayer, with high-quality pictures from the Pyramid, Other, West Holts, Park, John Peel, and BBC Introducing stages as well as roaming photography from around the festival.

Glastonbury starts this Wednesday, with coverage from Thursday