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BBC announce pop-up Glastonbury Festival channel for 50th-anniversary


A pop-up Glastonbury channel will be launched by the BBC next month to mark what would have been the festival’s 50th anniversary.

Worthy Farm was set to be headlined by Paul McCartney, Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift this summer however it was, of course, cancelled this March when the seriousness of the pandemic situation set in.

Not long after the cancellation, fans were told to expect Glasto-related programming across the weekend by the BBC who have now announced details of their extensive coverage which will bring Glastonbury to our homes from June 25-29.

On BBC’s iPlayer they will be debuting “a brand new pop-up BBC Glastonbury channel” which will be broadcasting back-to-back sets and highlights from historic moments in the festival’s history.

BBC Two and BBC Four will air classic performances in full – including headline shows from Adele (2016), David Bowie (2000) and Beyoncé (2011). Over 60 sets will also be made available for music lovers to watch on-demand, including Billie Eilish, Foals, Radiohead, Lana Del Rey and Lewis Capaldi.

Jo Whiley and Lauren Laverne are also set to present highlights over on BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music respectively, while Radio 1, 1Xtra and BBC Asian Network will also be contributing their own Worthy Farm tributes.

Glasto-goers are being encouraged to join in via social media by posting their memories via the #Glastonbury2020 hashtag. A selection of these will be broadcast onscreen throughout the course of the weekend.

Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis will appear as a guest on Laverne’s morning show on Friday, June 26 on 6Music she had this to say about the BBC’s plans: “There are so many memorable sets being played across the BBC over what would have been our 50th anniversary weekend.”

“Personally, I’m looking forward to a weekend of reflecting on the history of our festival and going back to some classic performances from David Bowie, Adele, REM, Beyoncé, The Rolling Stones, Jay-Z, Billie Eilish and lots more.”