BBC Radio comes together for Glastonbury
BBC Radio will play its part in the ‘all digital’ Glastonbury coverage offered by the BBC this year, with four stations offering content.
There’ll be 59 hours of Glastonbury content across BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2 and 6 Music, each playing a different role.
Nick Grimshaw, Zane Lowe, B Traits, Target, Huw Stephens and David Rodigan will present for Radio 1 and 1 Xtra, which will bring younger music lovers Glastonbury at night and performances from major Radio 1 artists.
Radio 2 will lead the portfolio, covering the main stages including the Pyramid Stage, with presenters Chris Evans, Jo Whiley and Dermot O’Leary.
6 Music will offer an alternative to the mainstream music with a particular focus on the Park Stage. Its coverage will be presented by Steve Lamacq, Stuart Maconie, and Lauren Laverne.
Bob Shennan, BBC Controller of Popular Music, said: “Glastonbury is one of the greatest pop music events in the world and we want to make this year’s coverage the next best thing for everyone who can’t make it in person to Worthy Farm. We aim to broadcast more of the festival than ever before, and reinvent music coverage as only the BBC can for music fans at home and on the move.”
Mark Friend, BBC Controller, Multiplatform across Radio and Music, said: “Just as we did with sport at the Olympics, our ambition this year is to bring our audiences even closer to the music they love at Glastonbury, with access to all the BBC’s coverage – live and on-demand – at home, at work and on the go. Not only will this be the first truly digital Glastonbury, this will also be the first mobile Glastonbury – we expect mobile and tablet viewing and listening to reach unprecedented levels, particularly over the weekend.”