This year we’re proud to deliver over 40 hours of coverage across our TV channels to our audiences, as well as over 85 hours of live radio broadcasts, in addition to content on BBC Sounds. We’ll also be increasing the scale and accessibility of our BBC iPlayer offer, with even more themed and live streams. For the first time, we will be streaming Pyramid Stage performances live in British Sign Language, making our coverage more accessible than ever before — Lorna Clarke, BBC Director of Music
The BBC will also continue to be Glastonbury Festival’s exclusive, multimedia broadcast partner, following a recent multi-year extension.
Lorna Clarke, BBC Director of Music says: “Glastonbury 2023 will have even more live coverage from site, including a record number of hours on BBC One. There will be more programming in the lead up, including an updated version of Glastonbury: 50 Years and Counting and more content to discover on BBC Sounds and BBC iPlayer. As always, scale and discovery is at the heart of our BBC Glastonbury coverage.
This year we’re proud to deliver over 40 hours of coverage across our TV channels to our audiences, as well as over 85 hours of live radio broadcasts, in addition to content on BBC Sounds. We’ll also be increasing the scale and accessibility of our BBC iPlayer offer, with even more themed and live streams. For the first time, we will be streaming Pyramid Stage performances live in British Sign Language, making our coverage more accessible than ever before. Our thanks once again go to Emily and Michael Eavis, for allowing us to bring their treasured festival to so many music fans throughout the weekend and beyond.”
Emily Eavis says: “We’ve worked in partnership with the BBC since 1997, and they’ve become an incredibly valuable part of what we do at Glastonbury. I think we’ve created something really special together and we’re delighted that they’re continuing to evolve their coverage with additions such as streaming Pyramid Stage performances live in British Sign Language. We’re looking forward to welcoming them to the farm in June and here’s to many more Glastonburys together.”
For 2023, the BBC will present more Glastonbury coverage than ever before, both live and on-demand. There will be over 40 hours of programming across the BBC’s television channels as well as over 85 hours of live broadcasts on the BBC’s pop radio networks, launching with Lauren Laverne’s 6 Music breakfast show live from the Glastonbury gates as they open to excited festival-goers (Wednesday 21 June, 7.30am-10.30am). New podcasts, collections and playlists will be available on BBC Sounds and BBC iPlayer will present an expanded, twelve-day celebration of the festival, featuring over 40 hours of coverage on BBC iPlayer’s Glastonbury Channel, in addition to numerous streams and classic Glastonbury performances.
New additions for 2023 include:
Pyramid Stage – Signed – for the first time, performances on the Pyramid Stage will be streamed live in British Sign Language – Friday 23 June – Sunday 25 June (BBC iPlayer)
Glasto-Cam Live – the BBC’s famous Glastonbury webcam launches as a soundtracked live stream from Monday 19 June – Sunday 25 June, 4.30am-10pm (BBC iPlayer)
Glastonbury’s Greatest Hits – back-to-back iconic performances from past festivals, streamed 24 hours a day from Monday 19 June – Sunday 25 June (BBC iPlayer)
Glastonbury Top 10 – Clara Amfo, Jack Saunders and Jo Whiley rank all-time classic Glastonbury moments in this new podcast (BBC Sounds)
Back to Back Sounds: Glastonbury – an on-demand collection of the best of this year’s audio coverage and Glastonbury editions of BBC programmes such as 6 Music’s Morning After Mix and 1Xtra Throwbacks (BBC Sounds)
Glastonbury Daily Playlist – a collection of live tracks performed by artists on the previous day available on Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th and Monday 26th June (BBC Sounds)
We Love Glastonbury (w/t, 1×60, BBC Two) – a new documentary for BBC Two in which musicians and Glastonbury fans including Jake Shears, Jessie Ware, Nish Kumar, Noel Gallagher, Sharleen Spiteri and more recount stories and highlights from the festival over the years
Glastonbury Anthems (w/t, 3×30, BBC Two) – a new series of three programmes which will take viewers through classic tracks performed at Glastonbury over the years
Glastonbury: 50 Years and Counting (1×90, BBC Two) – a newly re-versioned and revamped edition of Francis Whately’s social and musical history of the festival, with additional footage from Glastonbury 2022
BBC Music Introducing stage takeovers – BBC pop radio networks take over the BBC Music Introducing stage for the night on Thursday (Radio 1 Dance), Friday (6 Music), Saturday (1Xtra) and Sunday (Asian Network), featuring DJ sets from some of the networks’ favourite artists. Highlights will be broadcast on-air and on BBC Sounds
In addition, returning this year is the hugely successful Glastonbury Channel on BBC iPlayer, which will be live from Friday 23 – Sunday 25 June. Each day sees BBC Glastonbury presenters bring live sets, performance highlights and interviews with special guests to viewers. Once the festival has finished, the channel will continue showing standout performances from the weekend from Monday 26 – Friday 30 June
For those wanting a personalised experience, BBC iPlayer also offers the choice to move between continuous live streams from the five main festival stages, watch Pyramid Stage sets in Ultra High Definition or catch up on over 90 on-demand sets from 2023, for 30 days after broadcast.
The BBC TV and radio presenting team will include Cerys Matthews, Clara Amfo, Craig Charles, Danny Howard, Deb Grant, Dermot O’Leary, DJ Target, Huw Stephens, Jack Saunders, Jamz Supernova, Jo Whiley, Jordan North, Lauren Laverne, Pete Tong, Sarah Story, Steve Lamacq, Tom Ravenscroft, Vick Hope, and Zoe Ball.