For a second year, BBC Music brings the magic of Worthy Farm to viewers and listeners, with a musical extravaganza - The Glastonbury Experience 2021 - a celebration of Glastonbury Festival across BBC television, BBC iPlayer, BBC radio and BBC Sounds, from Friday 25th – Sunday 27th June.
The Glastonbury Experience 2021 will include:
A BBC iPlayer Glastonbury pop-up channel. Across the weekend (Friday 25th – Sunday 27th June), the BBC iPlayer channel will stream a mix of classic sets, documentaries and specially curated programmes from Radio 2’s Jo Whiley, Radio 1’s Clara Amfo and 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne. Each day of programming will focus on a different theme at Glastonbury – the 1990s (Friday), the 21st century (Saturday) and Legends (Sunday).
Over 50 full Glastonbury sets from the BBC archives available to watch on BBC iPlayer and over 30 sets to listen to on BBC Sounds from Monday 21st June. This is in addition to individual Live At Worthy Farm performances which will be available to stream on BBC iPlayer from Thursday 24th June. Glastonbury presents Live At Worthy Farm premiered online on Saturday 22nd May and saw performances from Wolf Alice, Michael Kiwanuka, George Ezra, IDLES, HAIM, Coldplay, Damon Albarn, Jorja Smith, The Smile, Kano and Honey Dijon featuring Róisín Murphy.
Classic Glastonbury performances from artists including Radiohead (1997), Kylie (2019) and Fela Kuti (1984) – the latter of which has never been shown on TV in its entirety before - broadcast on BBC Two and BBC Four across the weekend.
An exclusive 60 minute BBC Two documentary - Live At Worthy Farm: Backstage (w/t) presented by Jo Whiley, which will tell the story of how this once in a lifetime event was put together. This will be followed by Live At Worthy Farm: Highlights (w/t), featuring a selection of performances from the artists who took part in the event.
A weekend of Glastonbury themed programmes across Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2 and 6 Music. Programming will include a range of classic tracks, as well as highlights from Live At Worthy Farm performances.
Lorna Clarke, Controller, BBC Pop Music says: “Summer wouldn’t be complete without a celebration of Glastonbury on the BBC and this year will be no exception. We’ll be making many of the spectacular performances that the BBC and Glastonbury Festival have worked together to capture over the years available across TV, radio and digital platforms. I’m also delighted that Emily and Michael Eavis have allowed us to broadcast highlights from Live At Worthy Farm, for listeners and viewers to enjoy whenever they wish and wherever they are.”
Clara Amfo says: “As a nation of music lovers, Glastonbury is truly a part of our DNA. Whether it’s two or twenty performances, we all have a collection of them seared into our memory from many a previous weekend on this Somerset farm! Sharing some of my personal faves is a real treat and a testament to the hard work from the Eavis family and these brilliant artists.”
Lauren Laverne says: “Bringing the world’s greatest festival into viewers’ homes with the BBC Glastonbury team is pretty much the best job in the world. A close second, however, is being given access to the archive to help curate a selection of performances by some of the many music icons to have graced the Glastonbury stages. I’ve got a line-up of legends for your living room on Sunday and I can’t wait to share it with you. See you down the front!”
Jo Whiley says: “Whilst we can’t be together in the fields of Pilton just yet, I can’t wait to go back in time and share a selection of my favourite Glastonbury memories and performances with you all. I have incredibly fond memories of the 90s at Glastonbury, so join me on Friday 25th June to relive some of the very best moments from that unforgettable decade. I had a fantastic time at Live At Worthy Farm in May, so I’m also really looking forward to showing viewers exactly what went on behind the scenes.”
On BBC iPlayer
BBC iPlayer’s pop-up Glastonbury channel returns in 2021. The channel will stream across Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th June from 10am-late and each day will take on a different Glastonbury theme. Friday’s programmes will explore the 90s at Glastonbury, Saturday’s shows will move forward into the 21st century and Sunday will celebrate the Glastonbury Legends.
Each morning, the channel will kick off with programmes curated by presenters Jo Whiley (Friday), Clara Amfo (Saturday) and Lauren Laverne (Sunday). Jo, Clara and Lauren will share some of their favourite memories, interviews and performances from Glastonburys past with viewers, who will then be treated to two of each presenter’s all-time favourite Glastonbury sets.
Each afternoon, across the three days, there will be surprise sets, revealed on the day and streamed in full on the BBC iPlayer channel.
Following this, the channel will stream more new programmes and full classic sets. Friday’s programmes will explore some of the genres that came to the fore during the 1990s, including Britpop and dance music, as electronic pioneers brought rave to Pilton. On Saturday, programmes turn their attention to when global stars took the festival by storm in the 21st Century and pop music came to Worthy Farm. Sunday’s programmes will be dedicated to the legends who have performed over the years as well as looking at the early performances from artists who would go on to headline one of the bigger stages at the festival.
BBC iPlayer will also be making over 50 classic sets available to relive in full from Monday 21st June. This is in addition to individual Live At Worthy Farm performances from the likes of Wolf Alice, Michael Kiwanuka, George Ezra, IDLES, HAIM, Coldplay and Damon Albarn, which will be available to stream from Thursday 24th June.
On BBC television
On the evenings of Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th June, the BBC iPlayer pop-up channel and BBC Two will simulcast even more programmes, in keeping with each day’s theme.
On Friday 25th June, BBC Two will revisit key moments from the 1990s at Glastonbury, including the arrival of Britpop and TV cameras at the festival and when Robbie Williams played the Pyramid Stage in 1998 in Glastonbury in the 90s. Following this will be Radiohead at Glastonbury 1997 - the set which the band performed two weeks after the release of their seminal album OK Computer. The performance features Radiohead tracks including Paranoid Android, Karma Police, No Surprises and The Bends.
The following day (Saturday 26th June) BBC Two will explore the stories, stars and memorable moments since the year 2000 in Glastonbury in the 21st Century, before showing Kylie at Glastonbury 2019.
On the Sunday (27th June) BBC Two will show Glastonbury Legends - performance highlights from some of the many musical legends who have performed at festival over the years. Then, it’s Live At Worthy Farm: Backstage (w/t). Presented by Jo Whiley, this exclusive, behind-the-scenes documentary follows director, Paul Dugdale and the team as they put together the spectacular filmed music event, Live At Worthy Farm. Featuring interviews with Emily Eavis, the artists who performed including Damon Albarn, Kano, Roisin Murphy, Wolf Alice and Coldplay and with unrestricted access to rehearsals and production. The programme tells the story of how Glastonbury’s very first festival without an audience was staged.
This will be followed by Live At Worthy Farm: Highlights (w/t), showcasing a selection of the incredible performances from the artists who took part in this once in a lifetime event.
Across the weekend, BBC Four will broadcast a Glastonbury set from Fela Kuti (1984) - which has never been shown on TV in its entirety before, plus highlights shows focusing on 1998, 1999, 2003 and 2017.
All BBC Two and BBC Four programmes will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
On BBC Radio and BBC Sounds
BBC Radio 1
On Thursday 24th June, Annie Mac presents a special edition of Future Sounds (6pm-8pm). The programme will feature highlights from HAIM and Wolf Alice’s Live At Worthy Farm performances, plus more Glastonbury tracks from the BBC archive.
On Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th June (10am-11am) Radio 1’s Festival Anthems will play non-stop hits from some of the station’s favourite artists, who have performed at Glastonbury in the past.
On Friday 25th June, Jordan North (11am-1pm) will host a Glastonbury special, celebrating the festival by playing taster tracks from some of the Glastonbury performances, which are being made available to relive on BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds.
Radio 1 Dance will be playing some classic Glastonbury dance sets across the weekend, including from Chase & Status & Skream (2010), Diplo & Rudimental (2013), Andy C & Spor (2015), Annie Mac & Four Tet (2016).
BBC Radio 1Xtra
DJ Target (1Xtra’s Takeover with DJ Target, Saturdays, 7pm-9pm) and Tiffany Calver (1Xtra’s Rap Show with Tiffany Calver, Saturdays, 9pm-11pm) play out highlights from the Live At Worthy Farm livestream.
BBC Asian Network
On Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd June, 9pm-10pm, Bobby Friction brings the sounds, the atmosphere and the soul of Glastonbury to listeners with experimental South Asian beats. He’ll be re-living memories with artists who have performed there and playing recorded-live music from the archives.
BBC Radio 2
On Friday 25th June, to accompany BBC iPlayer, BBC Two and BBC Four’s 90s at Glastonbury day, Fearne Cotton will dedicate her Sounds of the 90s show (10pm-midnight) to Glastonbury, playing music from artists who performed at Worthy Farm during the decade, including an hour-long 90s Britpop Mixtape, with some live tracks from Oasis and Blur at Glastonbury in the 90s.
On Sunday 27th June, Jo Whiley presents Glastonbury Live - two hours of new performances from Live At Worthy Farm, including Coldplay’s set – plus other memorable moments from Glastonburys past. The show will be available on BBC Sounds from Monday 21st June and Jo will treat listeners to a different Glastonbury Live track each day during her regular Radio 2 shows, from Monday 21st to Thursday 24th June (7pm-9pm).
Also, on BBC Sounds, there will be new, specially curated Glastonbury music mixes from Radio 2’s Zoe Ball and Dermot O’Leary. Zoe’s mix will focus on Glastonbury Legends and Dermot’s mix will be centred around the very best guitar music from Glastonburys past.
Zoe Ball says: "Putting this BBC Sounds playlist together has been a complete joy. I've had a fabulous time finding these gems from the archives to share with you all. From the Chemical Brothers, to Dame Shirley Bassey, David Bowie and The Rolling Stones - this playlist brings back so many wonderful memories of being down at Worthy Farm. Enjoy!”
BBC Radio 6 Music
On Friday 25th June, 6 Music presents All Day Glastonbury (5am-7pm). Lauren Laverne (7.30am-10.30am) will be delving into the archive to hear stories from the hidden corners of Glastonbury, revisiting one of her favourite on-site interviews and playing out a Glastonbury-themed Desert Island Disco. Throughout the day, presenters will play recorded live tracks from previous festivals and there will be a Gold Soundz Glastonbury special from 1pm-1.30pm. From 5pm, Steve Lamacq (4pm-7pm) will play highlights from Damon Albarn and IDLES’ Live At Worthy Farm performances and from 11pm, Tom Ravenscroft (9pm-midnight) will air highlights from Honey Dijon’s Live At Worthy Farm DJ set.
On Saturday 26th June, The Blessed Madonna (9pm-midnight) combines Glastonbury with 6 Music’s Loud and Proud season. She’ll dive deep into Glastonbury after dark and celebrate one of the best gay clubs on earth – open one weekend a year - NYC Downlow. A staple within the festival’s Block 9 area since 2007, NYC Downlow plays host to the very best queer performance. The Blessed Madonna pays homage with a disco, house, funk and soul infused soundtrack that celebrates the spirit of NYC Downlow and the incredible impact that LGBTQ+ artists have had on dance music.
On Sunday 27th June, Cerys Matthews will broadcast a selection of the spoken word performances from Live At Worthy Farm. The spoken word artists who performed on Saturday 22nd May included PJ Harvey, Jarvis Cocker, Kae Tempest, George The Poet and more. Then, 6 Music will broadcast The Story of The xx at Glastonbury (1pm-2pm), a documentary which follows their ascent from The Park Stage in 2010 to Pyramid Stage in 2017.
Plus, on both Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th June, the station’s weekend presenters will take a trip down memory lane throughout the days, playing tracks from the classic sets that are being made available to enjoy again in full on BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds.
BBC Sounds will be making a host of extended music mixes available from Friday 25th June, for listeners wanting to delve deeper into a particular theme or genre. Expect mixes dedicated to Legends, guitars, rave, chill out classics, hip-hop, rap and grime and pop royalty. In addition there will be over 30 classic sets available to listen to on BBC Sounds from Monday 21st June, as well as highlights from Live At Worthy Farm performances across the weekend.
Live At Worthy Farm: Backstage (w/t) is produced by Ryan Minchin and Executive Produced by Alison Howe at BBC Studios Music Productions.
Glastonbury in the 90s, Glastonbury in the 21st Century and Glastonbury Legends are executive produced by Alison Howe at BBC Studios Music Production and commissioned by Jan Younghusband, Head of Commissioning, BBC Music TV.
All radio programmes, Live At Worthy Farm: Backstage (w/t) and the broadcast of highlights from Live At Worthy Farm are commissioned by Lorna Clarke, Controller, BBC Pop Music.
Glastonbury presents Live At Worthy Farm livestream was produced by Driift and co-produced by BBC Studios Productions.