Glastonbury Festival - Coverage FAQs
This year's coverage of Glastonbury Festival is bigger than ever. Join us for live streams of six stages, over 50 hours of TV and Red Button, broadcasts from Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music and highlights of over 90 artists available on iPlayer. For full details, check out the FAQs below.
The BBC will be broadcasting over 30 hours of coverage across BBC One (The One Show), BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC Four.
On BBC One, The One Show will kick-off the BBC’s TV coverage of the festival on Friday 26th June (7-7.30pm) with coverage continuing on BBC Two (7.30-8.30pm, 10pm-10.30pm and 11pm-2am), BBC Three (7pm-8.50pm and 11pm-1215am) and BBC Four (8.30pm-10pm).
The One Show, coming live from Worthy Farm, will see presenters Chris Evans and Alex Jones give the audience at home a whistle-stop introduction to the festival and will be joined by special guests.
BBC Two will be the home of the big headliners from Glastonbury, broadcasting some of the biggest acts and moments from across the weekend, with programmes presented by Mark Radcliffe, Lauren Laverne, Jo Whiley, Huw Stephens and Gemma Cairney.
On BBC Three, presenters Greg James, Clara Amfo and Alice Levine will be on hand to bring Glastonbury to the BBC Three audience.
Across the weekend, BBC Four will cherry pick highlights from some of the classic and contemporary acts performing at the festival.
This year, BBC radio stations will broadcast over 50 hours of coverage across BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music.
Radio 1 and 1Xtra’s Worthy Farm coverage will be fronted by Annie Mac, Huw Stephens, Alice Levine, DJ Target, Charlie Sloth and Clara Amfo, who recently took over Radio 1’s mid morning slot. Both stations will join up to simulcast Kanye West’s hotly anticipated headline performance from the Pyramid Stage on Saturday night (9pm-midnight).
Over on Radio 2, Chris Evans will kick off proceedings with a special broadcast of his Breakfast Show live from the site on the Friday morning (7am-10am). Jo Whiley and Dermot O’Leary will bring you live moments from the best of the festival with two special afternoon shows on the Saturday and Sunday.
BBC 6 Music will be showcasing an array of the alternative side of Glastonbury, with Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq, Stuart Maconie and Cerys Matthews presenting an eclectic mix of weird and wonderful highlights, from various stages across the weekend.
BBC Asian Network presenter Yasser will be popping up across all our radio stations to bring you the potential headliners of the future playing on the BBC Introducing stage.
The BBC Music Tepee is also returning to Somerset and will host several artists performing special sets for you to listen to at home.
The BBC’s online coverage is the comprehensive way to immerse yourself in the world of Worthy Farm. Six stages – Pyramid, Other, John Peel, West Holts, Park and BBC Introducing will be streamed live, in stunning HD, across four screens via PC, mobile, tablet and connected TV.
Relive your favourite moments from the world’s most famous festival with over 150 performances to enjoy on bbc.co.uk/glastonbury and the BBC iPlayer. From full sets on the 5 biggest stages to your first glimpse at the hottest new talent on the BBC Introducing stage and exclusive backstage sessions in the BBC Music Tepee.
Across the weekend on social media our radio networks will focus on nothing but Glastonbury, providing a flow of curated highlights and moments tailored to taste of their audience. And of course, @bbcglasto will be your trusted guide throughout, helping you find your way through all those Glasto moments.
On TV, three additional Red Button streams will offer over 60 hours of highlights from the festival, and the BBC’s Connected Red Button service available on Virgin Media’s TiVo service and a range of recent Sony, Samsung, LG and Panasonic Smart TVs, which will bring you all the live streams and on-demand video seamlessly to your TV.
Friday's red button coverage begins at 7pm, Saturday at 4:30pm and for the final night of the weekend, press your the button anytime after 6:15pm.
When the BBC decides to cover a music festival, it needs to work within a tight budget to provide the best value for money for Licence Fee payers. This means we cannot always afford to record all performances from every stage. At Glastonbury Festival in 2015 we are recording the Pyramid stage, Other stage, John Peel stage, Park stage, West Holts stage and BBC Introducing stage. These stages offer the main headline acts from the festival and interesting newer artists.
On occasion an act may not wish to be filmed or recorded. Artists may also agree to be recorded but only allow a limited number of songs to be aired. This could be for a number of reasons for instance: the quality of some parts of the performance, because they do not wish to broadcast new or unreleased material, or they do not want to broadcast their entire live set.
The material an artist plays may not agree with the BBC Taste & Decency guidelines, such as containing excessive swearing. In these instances there is no way for the BBC to air that material.
The BBC is committed to making sure the sound and visual quality of a performance is high. In live open air arenas, the quality of recordings and performances can vary greatly due to environmental and technical factors. The BBC may decide that the recording of particular songs are not of a high enough quality to air, although we endeavour to provide at least a sample of a band's show if we feel they are central to the festival.
Another reason why certain songs are not available on the BBC is due to there being a limited number of broadcast slots to air material. Around 40 hours of performances will be recorded at Glastonbury festival, but TV and Radio slots will amount to much less. This means TV and Radio producers select the performances that reflect the festival best and appeal to the different audiences for networks and channels. Much more material is featured on Red Button and Online but even then the practical limitations of editing such a large amount of material quickly can prevent performances from being available.
At the present time our rights agreements with the artists only allow us to offer 30 second clips of live performances. We hope to obtain the rights and add longer performance clips to the archive in time.