Hello, good evening, and Remain Indoors! I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that just as the world reached what I will call “The Nicholas Angel Point” (see my last article for an elaboration on that point), I wrote an article about how Glastonbury released the first full poster of its lineup for this year’s festival. Within a few hours of it being posted, however, it was canceled due to the looming pandemic. I expressed my own curiosity about what would happen next, and the BBC announced that they planned to broadcast tributes to Glastonbury over the Glastonbury Weekend. I didn’t write about it because they didn’t go into detail about what the tributes even were. Today, that changed.
The official Glastonbury site announced the BBC’s plans for June 25-29, and they include this:
- BBC Two, Four, and iPlayer will show complete headlining sets like Adele (2016), Beyonce (2011), David Bowie (2000), Coldplay (2016), and Jay-Z (2008).
- To compensate for the lack of live coverage, three 90-minute retrospective programmes will air on BBC Two on what would have been the three main nights of the festival, including moments from artists like Amy Winehouse (2007), Arctic Monkeys (2013), Baaba Maal (2005), Blur (2009), Dizzee Rascal (2010), Lady Gaga (2009), PJ Harvey (2004), Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (1998) R.E.M. (2003), The Rolling Stones (2013) and Toots and the Maytals (2011). Jo Whiley and Mark Radcliffe will present on Friday (as well as a short documentary on Sunday afternoon about the Legends Slot), and Clara Amfo and Lauren Laverne will present on Saturday and Sunday.
- BBC Four will also have their own trilogy of specials, this time focusing on the acoustic sets, as well as a new cut of the 2006 Glastonbury documentary on the Thursday before the weekend.
- A special episode of Blue Peter of kids earning their own Blue Peter Badges with their own at-home festivals.
- BBC iPlayer will create a popup Glasto channel, with back-to-back sets, and 60 full 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)) available on-demand.
- BBC Radio will broadcast several special programmes hosted by Jo Whiley starting June 22, plus Emily Eavis will appear on Lauren Laverne’s Radio Six morning show on June 26, from 8:30 to noon.
- A series of Radio Two programmes from Jo Wiley in the four days leading up to Glastonbury Weekend to hype up everything else.
- BBC Sounds will broadcast audio highlights, from All-Day Glastonbury shows to 20 archival performances.
Quoth Lorna Clarke, Controller of BBC Pop: “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.”
Emily Eavis added: “There are so many memorable sets being played across the BBC over what would have been our 50th anniversary weekend. Personally, I’m looking forward to a weekend of reflecting on the history of our festival and going back to some classic performances from David Bowie, Adele, REM, Beyoncé, The Rolling Stones, Jay-Z, Billie Eilish and lots more. Me and my dad will definitely be watching!”
You can see a more complete rundown of the compensatory celebrations here.
And now for an act that probably won’t be at Glasto anytime soon, Matt Lucas dueting with Pamela Doove on “Thank You Baked Potato.”
And somehow, I only just realised that I managed to re-binge on the entire series of Psychoville and Inside No. 9 (with a surprising amount of difficulty), but not The League of Gentlemen (and the whole series except for the Christmas special is on Hulu.)