Sunday, June 26, 2022

Your ultimate guide to Glastonbury at home

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Diana Ross, Paul McCartney, Kendrick Lamar, Billie Eilish and secret sets – don’t miss a moment even if you’re not there

But life gets in the way and going to the festival is not an option for many of us. It’s expensive, it’s far, it’s busy and it’s camping.

I won’t lie and pretend it’s better to see Glastonbury at home. Having both been to the festival and pretending to be there while sitting on my sofa, I can attest to being right in the middle of the action wins every time.

So hooray for the BBC, who have been dedicated to bringing us the best of Glastonbury since 1997. This year is no different and there’s more live coverage from the festival than ever before.

So curl up on your couch, shelter from the inevitable rain, and be thankful you have a clean toilet within easy reach.

Anyone who thinks Glastonbury starts on Friday is very wrong. The gates open to ticket holders on Wednesday and the party starts as soon as your tent is pitched (arguably the worst part of any festival). Those of us at home shouldn’t have to wait to join in the fun, so why not take advantage of the BBC shows already available online?

Glastonbury: 50 years and counting
Stream now, BBC iPlayer

This feature-length documentary is a thematic journey through the last 50 years of the festival, from the hippie days to when Britpop ruled the stages.

Stormzy: Path to Pyramid Stage
Stream now, BBC iPlayer

Stormzy reflects on his headline slot on the Pyramid Stage in 2019 in this revealing and celebratory half-hour film.

Glastonbury 50 by Emily Eavis and Michael Eavis
Stream now, BBC Sounds

A five-part podcast detailing each decade that Glastonbury has gone through, as narrated by organizers Michael and Emily Eavis.

Lauren Laverne
7.30 a.m., 6 music

Lauren Laverne is streaming live from the festival as revelers arrive at Worthy Farm for the first time in three years.

Jamz Supernova
7 p.m., 6 music

Jamz Supernova brings news and special guests live from the festival and looks forward to the acts that will be performing over the weekend.

There is still a day to go before the festival really gets going but the BBC are hosting a pre-party on their new dedicated Glastonbury channel, streaming live on BBC iPlayer.

The on-site team also kicks off the TV coverage tonight with a special preview of the music to come over the next few days.

Glastonbury Canal
From Thursday BBC iPlayer

For the first time ever there will be a Glastonbury channel live on BBC iPlayer across Glastonbury, broadcasting preview shows and live performances over the next four days.

Lauren Laverne
7.30 a.m., 6 music

Lauren is live again from Worthy Farm, focusing on the eco-friendly side of the festival. Visiting the Greenfields area, she will perform a selection of tracks from the 2019 set by Little Simz, headlining Friday’s Other Stage.

Jamz Supernova
7 p.m., 6 music

Another broadcast live from the ground, courtesy of Jamz Supernova ⁠- the last before the show officially begins tomorrow.

Glastonbury 2022
10pm, BBC Two

Lauren Laverne and Jack Saunders host the first TV show from their usual home overlooking The Park stage. As well as special guests and acoustic performances, we also learn what the cows have been up to while away from Glastonbury.

Arguably the worst day to see Glastonbury from home – it’s still a working day after all. My FOMO is usually raging at this point.

But the BBC is doing us a favor by splitting the day between radio and television. Radio 2 and 6 Music will be our audio guides to what’s happening at Worthy Farm throughout the day, while TV coverage will not start until 7pm.

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