Radio 3 gets into the Glastonbury coverage
Coverage of Glastonbury will be on six national BBC radio stations this year, including, for the first time, Radio 3.
Live broadcasts from the festival at Worthy Farm will take place on BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, 6 Music and now BBC Radio 3, with over 100 performances streamed online.
Presenters across radio and television include Alice Levine, Annie Mac, Cerys Matthews, Charlie Sloth, Chris Evans, Clara Amfo, Gemma Cairney, Huw Stephens, James Ballardie, Jo Whiley, Lauren Laverne, Mark Radcliffe, Steve Lamacq and Tom Ravenscroft, as well as others still to be confirmed.
Bob Shennan, Director BBC Radio & Music, says: “Glastonbury on the BBC has become the pop music highlight of the British summer. BBC Music is thrilled to be offering music lovers so many ways to experience the unique atmosphere of the world’s most famous music festival – at home or on the move.
“This year we will broadcast 30 hours of TV coverage, as well as live broadcasts on Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, 6 Music and for the first time, Radio 3. There will be well over 100 performances streamed online – bringing an unsurpassed range of music to our audience, from multi-million selling headline acts to emerging artists on the BBC Music Introducing stage.”
Annie Mac will kick off the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage on Thursday evening with a broadcast from the BBC Music Introducing Stage with live music, performances and DJs. Later that evening, Radio 1’s Residency will come live from the same stage with sets from Eats Everything and Kolsch. Radio 1’s Clara Amfo, Huw Stephens and Alice Levine will also broadcast shows featuring Tipi sessions and surprise moments from the BBC Introducing Stage, whilst a live Essential Mix featuring Peggy Gou, Jackmaster and Patrick Topping & Richy Ahmed back to back will also come from the site. Ed Sheeran’s full set will also be broadcast live on Radio 1.
Charlie Sloth will present a Saturday night Radio 1 and 1Xtra simulcast show (10pm-1am) that will feature highlights from the best new grime acts live on the Sonic Stage including AJ Tracey, Nadia Rose and Kojo Funds. Live music from the festival will also be broadcast across 1Xtra over the weekend.
BBC Asian Network presenter Yasser will be representing on the BBC Introducing stage, bringing the best new and emerging talent to various networks. He will broadcast a special show for the Asian Network on Wednesday 28 June.
Radio 2 listeners will wake up to Worthy Farm on Friday 23 June as Chris is live from the festival with special live performances from The Courteeners and a stripped back Clean Bandit in the BBC Music Tipi. He’ll be catching up with Emily Eavis to find out what’s new for 2017 and will roam the grounds before Ed Sheeran, Barry Gibb and Katy Perry wow the crowds. Sports reporter Vassos Alexander joins in the fun on Worthy Farm and there will also be a moment of reflection with the daily Pause for Thought.
On Saturday Jo will be chatting to Lorde and she’ll have a BBC Music Tipi session from Maggie Rogers and live music highlights from the weekend On Sunday Jo has highlights of the legends slot – Barry Gibb and Chic, she’ll also be catching up with Nile Rodgers and have Tipi performances from Rag & Bone Man and Laura Marling.
Lopa Kothari presents a special edition of BBC Radio 3’s World on 3 live from Glastonbury on Friday 23rd June (11pm-1am) featuring Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band performing on the West Holts Stage and a session from the Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band. Also on the programme, new releases from some of the world music artists appearing at the festival including Oumou Sangare, Songhoy Blues and Orchestra Baobab, plus selections from studio guest Quinton Scott, record collector and founder of Afrobeat specialists Strut Records.
BBC Radio 6 Music
6 Music will be bringing 25 hours of live coverage direct from Worthy Farm. Lauren Laverne kicks off 6 Music’s Glastonbury coverage with a later slot (1- 4pm) on Friday 23 June and will also be hosting a Saturday afternoon show too (1- 4pm). Steve Lamacq will be hosting his show live from the festival on all three days, in his usual afternoon slot on Friday (4– 7pm) and then on Saturday evening (7 – 9pm) and late Sunday evening (10pm-12am).
Tom Ravenscroft will also be live from Worthy Farm on all three days bringing the entire set from headliners Radiohead to listeners on Friday night (9pm – 12 am) and with another headline set on Saturday night (9pm-12am), as well as hosting a Sunday evening show (8pm-10pm).
Cerys Matthews will be bringing listeners her Sunday morning show (10am-1pm) live from Glastonbury.
Roving reporter Gemma Cairney will be joining Steve Lamacq, Cerys Matthews and Tom Ravenscroft with reports from the Green fields and the outer reaches of the festival.