BBC announces bumper Glastonbury 2017 coverage

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The BBC today announces its plans for broadcasting the world’s best-known music festival – Glastonbury.

Once again the BBC is the place to watch and listen to all the best sets from Worthy Farm, from headline performances to emerging new artists across TV, Radio and Online. In 1997, BBC Two broadcast from Glastonbury for the first time capturing Radiohead playing their seminal set on the Pyramid Stage.

Now 20 years on, BBC Two will be devoting Friday night to an evening with Radiohead, broadcasting their headline set on the Friday night, as well as the whole of the performances by headliners Foo Fighters on Saturday and Ed Sheeran on Sunday, along with legendary Bee Gee, Barry Gibb, who is performing in the much loved Sunday teatime slot.

This year there will be over 30 hours of Glastonbury on TV across BBC Two and BBC Four, with more hours on BBC Two in peak than ever before. BBC Radio 3 will be broadcasting from the festival for the first time, treating their listeners to the very best of world music. BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 6 Music will all host live shows from Worthy Farm. Online, the BBC will be streaming 120 performances from six stages across the festival, all in HD and available to watch on BBC iPlayer, both live and on demand throughout the weekend and beyond.

The BBC’s Glastonbury 2016 coverage on TV (3+ minutes of viewing) reached a record-breaking 18.9m people (31.9 percent of UK population).

Bob Shennan, Director BBC Radio & Music, says: “Glastonbury on the BBC has become the pop music highlight of the British summer. BBC Music is thrilled to be offering music lovers so many ways to experience the unique atmosphere of the world’s most famous music festival – at home or on the move.

“This year we will broadcast 30 hours of TV coverage, as well as live broadcasts on Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, 6 Music and for the first time, Radio 3. There will be well over 100 performances streamed online – bringing an unsurpassed range of music to our audience, from multi-million selling headline acts to emerging artists on the BBC Music Introducing stage.”

Coverage on TV and Radio will be hosted by some of the BBC’s most popular and knowledgeable music presenters including Alice Levine, Annie Mac, Charlie Sloth, Clara Amfo, Gemma Cairney, Huw Stephens, James Ballardie, Jo Whiley, Lauren Laverne, Mark Radcliffe, Steve Lamacq and Tom Ravenscroft, as well as others still to be confirmed.

The team will be bringing audiences all the most memorable moments from all six stages from the headliners on the legendary Pyramid Stage to new talent on the BBC Introducing stage.

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