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BBC announce pop-up Glastonbury channel as part of 50th anniversary coverage plans


A pop-up Glastonbury channel can be launched by the BBC subsequent month to mark what would have been the competition’s 50th anniversary.

The Worthy Farm occasion’s 2020 version – set to be headlined by Paul McCartney, Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift – was cancelled in March as a result of coronavirus pandemic. Shortly after the information broke, fans were told to expect a celebratory run of programming throughout Glasto weekend (June 24-28).

Today (May 26), the BBC have introduced an in depth schedule of coverage which can deliver Glastonbury to our properties from June 25-29.


The BBC iPlayer will launch “a brand new pop-up BBC Glastonbury channel”, broadcasting back-to-back iconic units and highlights from earlier festivals.

Meanwhile, BBC Two and BBC Four will air traditional performances in full – together with headline reveals from Adele (2016), David Bowie (2000) and Beyoncé (2011). Over 60 units can even be made obtainable on-demand, with previous Billie Eilish, Foals, Radiohead, Lana Del Rey and Lewis Capaldi appearances obtainable to view.

Elsewhere, Jo Whiley and Lauren Laverne are set to current highlights over on BBC Radio 2 and 6Music respectively, whereas Radio 1, 1Xtra and BBC Asian Network can even be a part of within the celebrations. Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis will seem as a visitor on Laverne’s morning present on Friday, June 26.

Glasto-goers are being inspired to hitch in by way of social media by posting their reminiscences by way of the #Glastonbury2020 hashtag. A range of these can be broadcast onscreen all through the course of the weekend.

“There are so many memorable sets being played across the BBC over what would have been our 50th anniversary weekend,” Eavis stated in an announcement. “Personally, I’m wanting ahead to a weekend of reflecting on the historical past of our competition and going again to some traditional performances from David Bowie, Adele, REM, Beyoncé, The Rolling Stones, Jay-Z, Billie Eilish and much extra.

Michael and Emily Eavis Glastonbury
Michael Eavis and Emily Eavis on the NME Awards 2020 CREDIT: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images

“Me and my dad [Michael Eavis] will definitely be watching!”

Lorna Clarke, Controller, BBC Pop stated: “Glastonbury Festival has for many years been an enormous second within the BBC’s music calendar, due to Michael and Emily’s magical creation.

“Even though Worthy Farm can’t be full of thousands of music lovers this year, the BBC will celebrate with four days of memories and archive footage across TV, BBC iPlayer, Radio and BBC Sounds, to give our audience a taste of the festival in their own homes.”

Meanwhile, Glastonbury organisers recently urged the public to stay away from Worthy Farm during the lockdown. This got here after they had been made conscious of an “increasing numbers of visitors” travelling to the location.