BBC will air weekend of special Glastonbury performances again to celebrate festival

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Glastonbury may have been cancelled for the second year in a row, but it won't stop fans of the iconic festival from living the experience all over again, thanks to the BBC.

There will be a whole weekend of special past performances broadcast on the channel to mark the summertime event – which usually takes place at the end of June.

Instead, from Friday June 25 to Sunday June 27, Radio 2's Jo Whiley, Radio 1's Clara Amfo and 6 Music's Lauren Laverne will host the virtual celebration to mark its 50-year history.

All Glastonbury fans can stream the special as it will air across TV, radio, BBC Sounds and iPlayer and will feature a mix of classic sets, documentaries and special programmes.

Glastonbury Festival will air old performances so fans don't miss out
(Image: BBC/iStock/various photographers)

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Each day of programming will focus on a different theme at Glastonbury, the 1990s on Friday, the 21st century on Saturday and legends on Sunday.

But in a surprise twist, this year individual performances from the Live At Worthy Farm event will also be available to stream on iPlayer from Thursday June 24.

The five-hour livestream debuted in May and saw huge acts including Coldplay, Michael Kiwanuka and Jorja Smith performing at the site.

The Glastonbury Experience will air on BBC
(Image: BBC)

Also set to air is an hour-long BBC Two documentary, Live At Worthy Farm: Backstage, presented by Jo Whiley.

It will tell the story of how the event was put together.

Classic Glastonbury performances from artists including Radiohead (1997), Kylie Minogue (2019) and Fela Kuti (1984), the latter of which has not been shown on TV in its entirety before, will also air on BBC Two and BBC Four across the weekend.

Clara Amfo is excited for the event to air, as she said: "As a nation of music lovers, Glastonbury is truly a part of our DNA.

Jo Whiley and Mark Radcliffe
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"Whether it’s two or 20 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."

Lorna Clarke, controller of BBC pop music, said: "Summer wouldn’t be complete without a celebration of Glastonbury on the BBC and this year will be no exception.

The famous festival has been cancelled for the second year in a row
(Image: BBC)

"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."

*The Glastonbury Experience 2021 will air across TV, radio, BBC Sounds and iPlayer from Friday June 25 to Sunday June 27.

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