BBC to broadcast director’s cut of Glastonbury: Live at Worthy Farm
James R | On 24, May 2021
Update: Live at Worthy Farm will be broadcast on BBC Two at 10pm on Sunday 27th June, with individual performances available on BBC iPlayer from Thursday 24th June. For more, click here.
The BBC has bagged the rights to broadcast footage from Glastonbury’s Live At Worthy Farm live-streamed concert.
Filmed across the Festival’s Worthy Farm site at landmarks including the Pyramid Field and the Stone Circle, the concert premiered online on Saturday 22nd May. This groundbreaking event, directed by the multiple Grammy-nominated Paul Dugdale, saw a glittering array of artists giving their time to perform in support of the Festival and associated charities, including Coldplay, Damon Albarn, George Ezra, Haim, Idles, Róisín Murphy, Jorja Smith, Kano, Michael Kiwanuka, The Smile and Wolf Alice, plus DJ Honey Dijon. The five-hour event was interspersed by a spoken-word narrative from artists including PJ Harvey, Jarvis Cocker, Kae Tempest, George The Poet, Kurupt FM, Little Amal and Michael Eavis, who guided festival-goers on a journey through the sacred valley in Somerset.
Now, the concert will be broadcast on BBC television in the coming weeks in a special director’s cut. BBC Two will also air a 60-minute behind-the-scenes documentary, presented by BBC Radio 2 presenter Jo Whiley, which will feature the story behind the staging of Glastonbury’s first ever festival without an audience – including interviews with the artists, backstage footage and performance highlights.
There will be another chance to catch highlights from the concert across TV, radio and online platforms between Friday 25th and Sunday 27th June, as a part of The Glastonbury Experience 2021 – the BBC’s annual celebration of Glastonbury Festival. That’s the weekend when BBC Two will also broadcast its behind-the-scenes documentary. Further programming for the BBC’s Glastonbury weekend will be announced next week.
Lorna Clarke, Controller, Pop Music, says: “Glastonbury is one of the jewels in our live music calendar so many thanks go to Emily and Nick for allowing us to broadcast highlights from Live At Worthy Farm.”
Emily Eavis says: “Since the BBC first broadcast footage from Worthy Farm in 1997, Glastonbury and the BBC have enjoyed a brilliant relationship, so I’m thrilled that they’ll be showing highlights of our Live At Worthy Farm special.”
Jo Whiley says: “It was fantastic to return to Glastonbury to catch up with old friends while watching some incredible live music – at last! I’m looking forward to showing viewers exactly what went on behind the scenes of Live At Worthy Farm.”