BBC announce Glastonbury 2014 broadcast plans

Chris Evans and The One Show headed for Worthy Farm

Photographer: Shirlaine ForrestVirtual Festivals on 06 June 2014

The British Broadcasting Corporation, who have been the official broadcast media partner for Glastonbury Festival since 1997, are due to take more staff to Somerset than will head to Brazil to work on the World Cup in the coming weeks.

Corporation music chief Bob Shennan said the 300 BBC staff attending Glastonbury had a “clear and accountable role” and will be responsible for hours of coverage from the site. This will include 30 hours of TV coverage across its channels – including a location edition of The One Show – and over 50 hours of radio across Radio 1 and Radio 2, plus digital stations.

BBC favourites Chris Evans, Jo Whiley, Steve Lamacq, Greg James, Stuart Maconie and MistaJam are among some of the presenters scheduled to broadcast live from the festival site, near Pilton, Somerset.

A number of these BBC presenters will also be performing at the festival - mostly with DJ sets. These include Annie Mac, Huw Stephens, Lauren Laverne, Dermot O’Leary, Fearne Cotton, Craig Charles, Toddla T and Pete Tong.


In 2013, a record 1.5 million unique browsers accessed the BBC’s digital Glastonbury coverage and more than 6m viewers clicked on the BBC’s Red Button content.

In addition to the TV and radio coverage this year, the BBC will cover six stages – Pyramid, Other, John Peel, West Holt, Park and BBC Introducing - which will be streamed live across four screens via PC, mobile, tablet and connected TV.

BBC One

The One Show, with presenters Chris Evans, Alex Jones and Fearne Cotton, will kick-off the BBC’s TV coverage of the festival on Friday 27 June (7pm-8pm)

BBC Two (10pm-10.30pm and 11pm-2am)

Home of the big headliners from Glastonbury, broadcasting some of the biggest acts and moments from across the weekend, from 10pm-10.30pm and 11pm-2am. Presented by Mark Radcliffe, Lauren Laverne and Jo Whiley, highlights will include performances by the Pyramid Stage headliners Arcade Fire, Metallica and Kasabian.

BBC Three (7pm-10pm and 11pm-12midnight)

Presenters Greg James, Gemma Cairney and Jen Long will try to bring Glastonbury to the 'BBC Three audience' - and are scheduled to broadcast sets from Rudimental, Ed Sheeran, Lily Allen, Haim and Sam Smith, amongst others.

BBC Four (8pm-10pm)

Broadcasts will include highlights from some of the classic acts performing at the festival.

Radio 1 and 1Xtra

Fronted by: Fearne Cotton, Huw Stephens, Pete Tong, Annie Mac, MistaJam, Charlie Sloth, ToddlaT, DJ Target, Robbo Ranx and Seani B.

Radio Two

Fronted by: Jo Whiley and Dermot O’Leary. Chris Evans on Friday 27 June will broadcast his breakfast show (7am–10am) from different locations of the site including Worthy Farmhouse and the Pyramid Stage.

Radio 6 Music

Fronted by: Lauren Laverne, Cerys Matthews, Steve Lamacq, and Stuart Maconie.

6 Music will be broadcasting the sets of the three main headliner acts – Arcade Fire, Metallica and Kasabian from the Pyramid Stage.

Speaking to Good Morning Britain today, Dolly Parton has claimed that a little mud at Glastonbury doesn't scare her and the country singer won't be without the iconic high heels for her 'golden oldie' Sunday slot. "I grew up in a mud hole! I grew up on a farm, [there was] worse stuff than mud that we had to walk around in the barnyard - so we're used to all that!" She said. "I won't be in the mud, will I? I'll probably wear my galoshes up to the stage… but I'm going to sing in my high heels - mud or no mud!"

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