- BBC will celebrate 50 years of the Glastonbury Festival with special programming, 'The Glastonbury Experience.'
The BBC has announced “The Glastonbury Experience,” which will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Glastonbury Festival. Over five days, highlights and sets from past festivals will air on Thursday, June 25 to Monday, June 29 when the event would have taken place this year. The festival was canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On BBC Two and BBC Four will be showing classic performances in full from some of the festival’s biggest headliners including Adele (2016), Beyoncé (2011), David Bowie (2000), Coldplay (2016) and Jay Z (2008).
“The Glastonbury Experience” on BBC television will show three 90 minute live programs on BBC Two for each night of the weekend on Friday, June 26 to Sunday, June 28 which will include Amy Winehouse (2007), Arctic Monkeys (2013), Baaba Maal (2005), Blur (2009), Dizzee Rascal (2010), Lady Gaga (2009), PJ Harvey (2004), Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (1998) R.E.M. (2003), The Rolling Stones (2013) and Toots and the Maytals (2011).
BBC Four will broadcast additional programs with acoustic performances by Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, Kano, Leon Bridges, Patti Smith, Richie Havens, and Youssou N’Dour. The streaming service BBC iPlayer will launch a pop-up channel with over 60 sets available on-demand including George Ezra (2019), The Killers (2004), Lewis Capaldi (2019), Radiohead (1997), Foals (2019), The XX (2017), Lana Del Rey (2014), Primal Scream (2011), Christine & The Queens (2016), The Chemical Brothers (2019) and Billie Eilish (2019).
This year’s Glastonbury Festival headliners included Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, and Kendrick Lamar. The festival will return next year.
“The Glastonbury Experience” is a BBC Studios production, produced by Alison Howe and Mark Cooper.