Glastonbury 2020: The BBC line-up
Staff Reporter | On 28, Jun 2020Reading time: 7 mins
All Glastonbury performances are available for 1 month on BBC iPlayer after their broadcast.
The BBC will be recapturing the spirit of Glastonbury this summer, with BBC iPlayer and BBC TV reliving highlights from previous years in a bid to fill the void left by the cancelled festival.
The festival, organised by Michael Eavis and his daughter Emily Eavis takes place at Worthy Farm in Somerset. It began in 1970 when, the day after the death of Jimi Hendrix, Eavis opened his farm for the first time to over a thousand punters. Now, it hosts hundreds of thousands of festival-goers each year, who flock to see performances from the most famous names in music and immerse themselves in the vast range of performance that the festival has to offer.
From Thursday 25th to Monday 29th June, when the 50th anniversary of the festival was set to take place, the Beeb will be bringing back Glastonbury to screens with previously recorded performances from Adele (2016), Beyoncé (2011), Coldplay (2016), Jay-Z (2008) and David Bowie (2000), which will be the first time his performance has ever been broadcast in full on television.
Presenters including Clara Amfo, Edith Bowman, Jo Whiley, Lauren Laverne and Mark Radcliffe will host four days of programming on BBC Television and BBC iPlayer, while BBC iPlayer will host a pop-up Glastonbury channel, with more than 60 historic sets available on-demand.
Lorna Clarke, Controller, BBC Pop, says: “Glastonbury Festival has for decades been a huge moment in the BBC’s music calendar, thanks to Michael and Emily’s magical creation. Even though Worthy Farm can’t be full of thousands of music lovers this year, the BBC will celebrate with four days of memories and archive footage across TV, BBC iPlayer, radio and BBC Sounds, to give our audience a taste of the festival in their own homes.”
Here’s the line-up:
Glastonbury: The documentary – 10pm (BBC Four)
Edith Bowman will introduce a broadcast of Julien Temple’s acclaimed film Glastonbury, which celebrates and documents the history of this famous festival. Concert footage, interviews, archive and home video collected from attendees themselves combine in this film to capture the essence of Glastonbury. Musicians featured in the film include The Velvet Underground, Radiohead, Björk, Primal Scream, Pulp and, for the time on this new cut, Dizzee Rascal, Patti Smith and Amy Winehouse among many others.
The Rolling Stones, PJ Harvey, Lizzo, Oasis – 8.30pm (BBC Two)
Jo Whiley and Mark Radcliffe celebrate the weekend that would have marked 50 years of Glastonbury Festival with rarely shown moments, including The Rolling Stones, Lizzo, Oasis and Stormzy.
Elbow: 2011 – 9pm (BBC Four)
Taking to the Pyramid Stage in the year of the release of their fifth album Build A Rocket Boys! and still flush with the Mercury Prize-winning success of 2008’s The Seldom Seen Kid, Elbow give a stunning celebration of One Day Like This as the sun sets over Glastonbury Tor.
Beyonce: 2011 – 10pm (BBC Two)
Beyonce and her band and dancers open up with Crazy in Love, and then it’s hits all the way with a Destiny’s Child medley and covers of the likes of Eurythmics, Kings of Leon and Prince.
Arthur Lee and Love: 2003 – 10pm (BBC Four)
Arthur Lee and Love’s show on the Other Stage at the 2003 Glastonbury Festival.
Glastonbury Backstage Acoustics – 11pm (BBC Four)
The first of three compilations of the many impromptu, stripped-down performances that have graced the BBC Two presentation tent since coverage began back in 1997.
Best of Glastonbury 2019 – 11.30pm (BBC Two)
A look back at many of the show-stopping performances from this year’s Glastonbury Festival. Expect headliners, surprise guest stars, sing-a-longs and many of the big musical stories from across the three days at Worthy Farm.
Jay-Z: 2008 – 11.30pm (BBC Four)
Another chance to watch Jay-Z’s legendary headline slot from Glastonbury 2008.
Glastonbury Backstage Acoustics – 7pm (BBC Four)
The second of three compilations of the many impromptu, stripped-down performances that have graced the BBC Two presentation tent since coverage began back in 1997.
Toots and the Maytals: 2010 – 7.30pm (BBC Four)
Mark Radcliffe introduces a set from Jamaica’s Toots and the Maytals on the West Holts Stage, recorded at Glastonbury 2010.
Bruce Springsteen, Dizzee Rascal, Janelle Monae, Arctic Monkeys – 8pm (BBC Two)
Clara Amfo and Lauren Laverne present a jam-packed show, including previously unbroadcast highlights of Bruce Springsteen from 2009 and Dizzee Rascal’s 2010 collaboration with Florence + the Machine.
Adele: 2016 – 9.30pm (BBC Two)
Showcasing her superstar status, Adele takes the Pyramid Stage by storm, performing hits including Rumour Has It, Rolling in the Deep and Someone Like You.
The Chemical Brothers: 2000 – 10.20pm (BBC Four)
Glastonbury becomes one giant house party as The Chemical Brothers draw one of the biggest crowds ever to gather in front of the Pyramid Stage. Contains multiple flashing images.
Coldplay: 2016 – 11.05pm (BBC Two)
Coldplay close Glastonbury 2016 with a bang, playing hits including Fix You, Paradise and Yellow. They are also joined by Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees to perform To Love Somebody and Stayin’ Alive.
Best of Glastonbury 2000 – 11.10pm (BBC Four)
Highlights from the 2000 Glastonbury Festival.
Tea Time Legends: 2020 – 6.30pm (BBC Two)
Mark Radcliffe and Jo Whiley introduce some great singalongs in the sunshine. Join in with the likes of Neil Diamond, Brian Wilson, Shirley Bassey, Lionel Richie, Al Green and Kylie Minogue.
Nile Rodgers & CHIC: 2017 – 8pm (BBC Four)
Glastonbury becomes one giant disco as Nile Rodgers & CHIC take to the Pyramid Stage on the Sunday evening of Glastonbury 2017.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Lady Gaga, R.E.M. – 8pm (BBC Two)
Clara Amfo and Lauren Laverne celebrate the weekend that would have marked 50 years of the Glastonbury Festival, with performances including Lady Gaga’s first and only Glastonbury appearance in 2009.
Glastonbury Backstage Acoustics – 9pm (BBC Four)
The final compilation of the many impromptu, stripped-down performances that have graced the BBC Two presentation tent since coverage began back in 1997.
Amy Winehouse – 9.30pm (BBC Four)
Amy Winehouse and her band perform classic tracks, including Tears Dry on Their Own, Back to Black and Rehab, across two sets at the 2007 Glastonbury Festival.
David Bowie: 2000 – 9.30pm (BBC Two)
David Bowie’s spectacular two-hour show from Glastonbury 2000, shown in full for the first time on television. Featuring familiar hits including Ashes to Ashes, Starman and Let’s Dance.
Best of Glastonbury 2011 – 10.30pm (BBC Four)
Highlights from 2011 at Worthy Farm, including stage performances, acoustic sessions, cabaret and action from the biggest performing arts festival in the world.
Ed Sheeran: 2017 – 11.30pm (BBC Two)
A quick repeat of Ed Sheeran’s headlining slot from Worthy Farm at Glastonbury 2017. He performs all the hits including Shape of You, Castle on the Hill and Thinking Out Loud.
Glastonbury: iPlayer Pop-Up Channel
As well as the above on-demand, the first pop-up Glastonbury channel on BBC iPlayer will run from Thursday 25th June to Monday 29th June, allowing fans to relive past sets, including George Ezra (2019), The Killers (2004), Lewis Capaldi (2019), Radiohead (1997), Foals (2019), The XX (2017), Lana Del Rey (2014), Primal Scream (2011), Christine & The Queens (2016), The Chemical Brothers (2019) and Billie Eilish (2019).
Here’s the line-up as each concert drops online:
Thursday 25th June
10am Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
11.30am Laura Marling
12.30pm The Charlatans
1.30pm Fontaines DC
3.30pm Little Simz
4.30pm LCD Soundsystem
6pm Primal Scream
7.30pm The Cure
9.30pm Special Guest
Friday 26th June
10am Lana del Rey
11am Mark Ronson
12pm Lewis Capaldi
2pm The XX
3pm Billie Eilish
5pm Royal Blood
6pm Foo Fighters
Saturday 27th June
11am Rex Orange County
12pm Janelle Monae
3pm Bloc Party
6.30pm Florence + the Machine
Sunday 28th June
10am Bon Iver
11am Michael Kiwanuka
12pm Dizzee Rascal
1pm Lady Gaga
3.30pm Special guest
4.30pm The Killers
5.30pm George Ezra
9.30pm David Bowie
11.30pm Ed Sheeran
Monday 29th June
10am Lionel Richie
11.30am Christine + The Queens
12.30pm Mumford & Sons
1.30pm Special guest
3pm Arctic Monkeys
4pm PJ Harvey
5.30pm Amy Winehouse