Like last year, Glastonbury has once again been postponed due to the pandemic. In its place will be an event called the Glastonbury Experience which will be showing off some of the highlights from the festival in past years.
You will be able to tune into some of the most popular bands and artists both old and current from the comfort of your own home, completely for free. We’ve rounded up everything you need to know to watch the Glastonbury Experience 2021.
When is the Glastonbury Experience 2021?
The Glastonbury Experience will be taking place from tomorrow Friday 25 June until Sunday 27 June. These are the dates that the festival was actually supposed to take place.
All events will be streaming from 10am each day until late, with the broadcast TV schedule differing slightly. Of course, if you miss out on the event live, then you'll likely be able to catch up via BBC iPlayer.
How to watch the Glastonbury Experience 2021
First thing to be aware of - you won't need a ticket for this event. It'll be free to watch across the majority of BBC platforms - so there's lots of options to choose from.
Watch the Glastonbury Experience 2021 online
To best place to keep up with all the Glastonbury action is on the new BBC iPlayer pop-up Glastonbury channel. If you have a TV licence, then you should be able to sign up for BBC iPlayer no problem, and completely for free.
iPlayer is available on smart TVs, streaming sticks, PCs, tablets and other devices such as games consoles. If you're based abroad, then you can watch BBC iPlayer from outside of the UK through using a VPN such as NordVPN or Surfshark.
Watch the Glastonbury Experience 2021 on TV
If you'd prefer to tune into the Glastonbury Experience 2021 on broadcast TV, then this is also possible. BBC Two will be showcasing coverage every evening, as will BBC Four. Here's what times you can tune in:
- 25 June - 9pm until 12:20am
- 26 June - 9pm until 12am
- 27 June - 7:30pm until 1am
- 25 June - 9pm until 1:35am
- 26 June - 9pm until 1:05am
- 27 June - 10pm until 12:20am
BBC Two will exclusively broadcast Live At Worthy Farm: Backstage with Jo Whiley. This will air on 27 June at 9pm.
Listen to the Glastonbury Experience on radio and podcasts
The Glastonbury Experience will also be covered on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Asian Network, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Sounds. For exact timings on what will be shown when, take a look at the BBC website.
What performances will be shown at the Glastonbury Experience?
On the official iPlayer Glastonbury channel, you can expect to see a mix of 'classic sets, documentaries and specially curated programmes' according to the BBC. The event will be presented by Jo Whiley, Clara Amfo and Lauren Laverne.
Each day of programming will have different theme. Friday will focus on nineties music, Saturday will focus on the 21st Century and Sunday will highlight the Legends.
The Experience will also allow viewers to stream over 50 different sets on iPlayer, including Radiohead (1997), Kylie (2019) and Fela Kuti (1984).
Highlights of the Live At Worthy Farm virtual event will also be shown, with a backstage look at how the event was put together with Jo Whiley. The remote version of Glastonbury included performances from Wolf Alice, George Ezra and Coldplay.
You can see the official trailer for this below: