BBC coverage of this year’s Festival

June 4, 2009

The BBC has announced that BBC 6 Music will be the home of Glastonbury on the BBC this year, clearing its schedules to offer listeners continuous coverage during the festival hours of Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 6 Music’s coverage will be complemented by highlights across TV, Radio, online and Red Button. In addition, you will be able to watch the sets of more than 40 artists, including all the headliners, at

BBC 6 Music will be providing around the clock on-air coverage of this year’s Glastonbury festival. Presented by the 6 Music team – Adam and Joe, Steve Lamacq, Cerys Matthews, Lauren Laverne and Gideon Coe – coverage includes live performances, interviews, a daily festival news round up plus a voyage into the Glastonbury archives late into the night. 6 Music also welcomes poet Murray Lachlan Young to the team to bring his unique view of the festival to audiences across the weekend. Tune in to 6 Music at any point across the weekend and get the latest from the festival.

Radio 1

Radio 1 brings listeners festival highlights with Zane Lowe, Jo Whiley and Annie Mac broadcasting special editions of their regular shows live from site, plus BBC Switch will take a look at what’s going on for younger audiences the festival with Annie Mac and Nick Grimshaw on Sunday evening. Greg James will be experiencing his first Glastonbury.

BBC Television brings comprehensive coverage with a great line-up of presenters across three channels, with BBC Two also simulcasting with HD and extensive coverage available via the red button.

BBC Two will concentrate on the Pyramid headliners – Neil Young , Bruce Springsteen and Blur – in the late night slot, plus tea-time slots on Saturday with Dizzee Rascal and Spinal Tap and Sunday with Sir Tom Jones. The programmes will include highlights and performances from artists across the three main stages plus acoustic sets and interviews showing the action from elsewhere on site. Lauren Laverne, Zane Lowe, Jo Whiley and Mark Radcliffe lead viewers through the music.

BBC Three
BBC Three has all the fun of the festival on from early evening till 12.30am on Friday and Saturday, hosted by Reggie Yates and Edith Bowman and featuring popular acts such as Lily Allen, Lady GaGa, Kasabian, Franz Ferdinand and The Ting Tings. Coverage starts later on Sunday at 10.45pm with performances from The Prodigy and Black Eyed Peas.

BBC Four
BBC Four will concentrate on heritage act performances from Pyramid Stage artists including the likes of The Specials, Crosby, Stills and Nash and Madness.

Red Button
Under the red button viewers will be able to access five streams over the weekend, including 30 minute catch ups of highlights of most of the sets that the BBC is filming, and one stream dedicated to visualising 6 Music’s coverage of the festival. The streams start at 7pm on Friday, 4.20pm on Saturday and 5.30pm on Sunday plus there will be the opportunity to catch up on content during the following week.

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