Glastonbury 2022 is on, confirming the long-awaited return of the world famous music festival, with full coverage and some firsts from the BBC.
The event will run from Wednesday 22 – Sunday 26 June.
The UK terrestrial broadcaster said its brands will be the place to catch all the legendary sets and special moments from Worthy Farm, including Diana Ross (performing in the “Legends” slot) and Kendrick Lamar playing Glastonbury for the first time; headline sets from Billie Eilish and Paul McCartney and much more.
Glastonbury is back
Bigger and better than ever before, with a hugely entertaining schedule full of ambition, breadth and range, BBC Music will give listeners and viewers the ultimate armchair experience of the world’s best-loved festival.
Audiences can also personalise their Glastonbury experience, as BBC Music presents the very best of the festival across TV, radio, BBC Sounds, BBC iPlayer and online – from headline shows on the Pyramid Stage to emerging artists on the BBC Music Introducing stage.
Glastonbury 2022 first
Glastonbury will mark the first time the BBC has broadcast any music event in Ultra High Definition.
Sets from the Pyramid Stage will be shown live in UHD on BBC iPlayer on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with key performances and a special programme featuring highlights from the Pyramid Stage available on demand in UHD after the event.
Coverage will be brought to audiences by some of the BBC’s best-loved presenters, with AFRODEUTSCHE, Cerys Matthews, Clara Amfo, Danny Howard, Dermot O’Leary, DJ Target, Huw Stephens, Jack Saunders, Jaguar, Jamz Supernova, Jo Whiley, Lauren Laverne, Matt Everitt, Sian Eleri, Steve Lamacq, Tiffany Calver, Tom Ravenscroft, Vick Hope and Zoe Ball all broadcasting live from Worthy Farm.
Lorna Clarke, BBC Director of Music said: “I’m very proud of the BBC’s long history of broadcasting from Glastonbury, the highlight of our Summer of Live Music.
“Our coverage this year will be our most extensive to date, with over 35 hours of programming across BBC One, Two, Three and Four, and over 40 hours on BBC iPlayer – in addition to digital live streams from the five biggest festival stages.
“We’ll also have wall-to-wall coverage on the BBC’s pop radio networks and BBC Sounds – with over 60 hours of broadcasts from the festival itself. For the first time, we’ll be showing sets from the Pyramid stage in Ultra High Definition, a fantastic progression in our Glastonbury story, which aims to help audiences access every epic musical moment.
“Our expert team of presenters will guide audiences around Worthy Farm, whilst BBC iPlayer – with its dedicated Glastonbury channel – and BBC Sounds will allow people to watch and listen on demand, throughout the festival weekend and beyond.
“Many thanks to Emily and Michael Eavis for once again allowing us to bring their incredible creation to millions of music lovers around the UK.”
Emily Eavis said: “It’s a joy to have the BBC and its brilliant team back and broadcasting live from Glastonbury for the first time since 2019 – continuing a special partnership that’s been evolving since 1997.
Crowds at Worthy Farm
“I’m looking forward to Worthy Farm being filled with thousands of people once again and for millions more around the country being able to enjoy performances from our stellar line-up, courtesy of the BBC, wherever they are.”
The BBC said its celebration of Glastonbury 2022 will begin earlier than in previous years.
In the days leading up to main festival coverage on TV, BBC Two will broadcast Glastonbury: 50 Years & Counting, produced and directed for BBC Studios Music Productions by the award-winning Francis Whately.
This kaleidoscopic portrait of Glastonbury and its social and musical history is given through the testimony of its principal curators, Michael and Emily Eavis, as well as artists who have appeared there.
Contributors include Aswad, Chris Martin, Dua Lipa, Ed O’Brien, Fatboy Slim, Florence Welch, Johnny Marr, Linda Lewis, Orbital, Noel Gallagher, The Levellers, Thom Yorke and Stormzy.
Also in the lead-up, BBC One and BBC iPlayer will show Stormzy: Road to the Pyramid Stage (w/t).
This programme will see the mega-star rapper reflect on his Glastonbury journey, which led to one of the all-time iconic headline performances in 2019.
Fans will get another chance to watch this acclaimed set in full on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
On radio and BBC Sounds, 6 Music presents All Day Glastonbury from Wednesday 22 June. Lauren Laverne broadcasts from the Worthy Farm gates as the first festival-goers enter the site during her breakfast show that day (7.30am-10.30am).
All Day Glastonbury continues on 6 Music throughout the weekend, in addition to extensive coverage on Radio 1, Radio 1Xtra and Radio 2, which sees Zoe Ball present her breakfast show from Worthy Farm on Friday 24 June.
BBC iPlayer’s dedicated Glastonbury channel launches on Thursday 23 June, presenting a four day stream of live performances, preview programmes and more.
BBC Glastonbury is part of BBC 100 – an extraordinary year of special content, events and ambitious education initiatives to inform, educate and entertain the nation, marking 100 years of the BBC in 2022.
Main pic: Lauren Laverne, Jack Saunders, Jo Whiley and Clara Amfo