I did not watch the Live at Worthy Farm live streams. On the one hand, I missed several great performances:
- Wolf Alice, HAIM, and Damon Albarn (performing a career-spanning set) at the Stone Circle
- Michael Kiwanuka performing highlights from his new album from a tent
- George Ezra performing for 10 minutes next to a bonfire.
- IDLES performing from inside a junkyard barn
- Spoken-word interludes from P.J. Harvey and others.
- A new side project from Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood called The Smile, apparently named after a Ted Hughes poem and also, “Not The Smile as in ‘aaah!’, more the smile of the guy who lies to you every day.”
- A Coldplay set on the Pyramid Stage that included a new song called “Human Heart.” It honestly sounds better than “Higher Power,” and the first time I saw the initial 18-second video, it reminded me a bit of CSNY. A bit less so the second time.
So, naturally, the only two videos from the live stream I can find on YouTube are the 31-second teaser and yet another video of “Higher Power” (the fourth one in two weeks).
Unfortunately, many who went in with unique codes allowing them to watch the live stream tried to log in on Saturday only to be told their codes (the ones that the festival’s live stream partner Driift) were invalid. So, they took to Twitter to make their displeasure known. Emily Eavis Tweeted: “So sorry to those of you who haven’t been able to get onto the stream yet. We’re speaking to Driift to find out what the issue is and trying to do everything we can to get this sorted ASAP. Please bear with us.” Eventually, she tweeted a link to the lives tream with no authentication process. And it still didn’t work for a lot of people. I’m told it eventually worked on the last lives tream of the film on Sunday at 7 PM BST. She finally Tweeted: ““I just wanted to say a huge thank you to every single one of you who has been on board with us over the past 24 hours. We’re so proud of the incredible film and everyone who played a part in it.”
And for those of us who still didn’t get a chance to see it, the BBC plans to broadcast a recut version of the live stream along with a documentary about it presented by Jo Whiley telling “the story behind the staging of Glastonbury’s first-ever festival without an audience, interviews with the artists, backstage footage and performance highlights from Live At Worthy Farm.” Auntie Beeb will play the two films as part of The Glastonbury Experience 2021 on June 25-7.
Quoth Emily Eavis: “Since the BBC first broadcast footage from Worthy Farm in 1997, Glastonbury and the BBC have enjoyed a brilliant relationship, so I’m thrilled that they’ll be showing highlights of our Live At Worthy Farm special.” And, hopefully, this will mean that it might lead to more video of the live stream being publicly available.