Glastonbury: BBC to air classic sets in festival's absence


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Beyoncé headlined Glastonbury in 2011

The BBC is to broadcast vintage Glastonbury performances this yr within the tune pageant’s absence.

Earlier headline units from Beyoncé, Adele, Coldplay, David Bowie and Jay-Z will likely be proven on BBC Two and BBC 4.

A brand new pop-up channel may also seem on BBC iPlayer, which can function greater than 60 historical units.

This yr’s pageant, which used to be because of function Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar and Sir Paul McCartney, used to be cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Greater than 200,000 other people, together with 135,000 ticket-holders, would have descended on Worthy Farm in Somerset if the pageant had long past forward from 25 to 28 June.

Clara Amfo, Edith Bowman, Jo Whiley, Lauren Laverne and Mark Radcliffe will host 4 days of programming around the BBC.

On the centre of the BBC protection will likely be 3 90-minute programmes on BBC Two, broadcast on Friday 26, Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June.

They’ll function performances from Amy Winehouse, Arctic Monkeys, Blur, Dizzee Rascal, Woman Gaga, PJ Harvey, R.E.M. and The Rolling Stones.

Further programming on BBC 4 will function one of the vital maximum memorable acoustic performances filmed within the BBC compound at earlier fairs – together with Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, Kano, Leon Bridges, Patti Smith, Richie Havens and Youssou N’Dour.

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Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar have been because of most sensible the invoice at the Pyramid Degree this yr

Archive performances can be performed throughout BBC radio stations and to be had at the BBC Sounds app.

Organiser Emily Eavis will likely be interviewed via Lauren Laverne on her BBC 6 Track display on Friday 26 June.

Lorna Clarke, the controller of BBC Pop stated: “Even if Worthy Farm cannot be filled with 1000’s of tune fans this yr, the BBC will rejoice with 4 days of reminiscences and archive photos to provide our target audience a style of the pageant in their very own houses.”

Eavis added: “There are such a lot of memorable units being performed around the BBC over what would had been our 50th anniversary weekend.

“In my opinion, I am taking a look ahead to a weekend of reflecting at the historical past of our pageant and going again to a few vintage performances from David Bowie, Adele, REM, Beyoncé, The Rolling Stones, Jay-Z, Billie Eilish and rather a lot extra.

“Me and my dad will indubitably be staring at!”

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