As Glastonbury Festival finally returns (in person!), check out the TV coverage, plus music documentaries about some of the acts performing this year
By Laura Rutkowski, Senior Staff Writer
After being cancelled two years in a row due to the usual pandemic reasons, Glastonbury Festival is once again open for business! The BBC has been broadcasting live from Worthy Farm since 1997 and now it’s really upping the ante in its coverage this year. Don’t miss out on the festival’s twice-delayed 50th anniversary celebrations across 22-26 June.
Glastonbury Festival co-organiser Emily Eavis told Rolling Stone UK: “It’s going to be Glastonbury and more. We haven’t had two years off in a row since the 70s, so anticipation and emotions are high. We’re coming back as different people and it will feel much more significant and special because everybody’s gone through this huge thing.”
Lauren Laverne, Jack Saunders, Jo Whiley and Clara Amfo will be bringing you all the best action live from Somerset. Listen to Laverne’s 6 Music breakfast show from Glastonbury on Wednesday 22 June, as 200,000 fans start arriving at the site. Sets from the iconic Pyramid Stage will also be broadcast in Ultra High Definition for the first time.
Sir Paul McCartney, Kendrick Lamar, Diana Ross, Sam Fender (in his Glastonbury debut), Olivia Rodrigo (in her UK live debut), Foals, Little Simz, Primal Scream, Four Tet, TLC, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Wolf Alice and more are all performing this summer. Billie Eilish, at 20 years old, will also become the youngest solo artist to headline the Pyramid Stage.
There will be more than 3,000 performances across the sold-out event. Haven’t got a ticket? No worries. You can check out BBC iPlayer’s dedicated Glastonbury channel in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer and watch and listen on demand with BBC Sounds in Apps & Games > BBC Sounds. Glastonbury Festival has also released playlists of the artists performing on the main stages, so you can literally dance like no one is watching as you couch surf rather than crowd surf.
Glastonbury Festival 2022 coverage starts from Friday 24 June at 9pm on BBC Two HD (CH 102). Before the event kicks off, get into the Glastonbury mood with our selection of documentaries on the magic behind your favourite music and the stars who create it, plus when to watch them perform at Worthy Farm this year.
Glastonbury: 50 Years And Counting
Find it in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer
Hear from Glastonbury Festival’s co-founder Michael Eavis and his daughter, co-organiser Emily. The festival marked 50 years in 2020, but since that year doesn’t count, 2022 is the special one to celebrate. Aswad, Chris Martin, Dua Lipa, Ed O’Brien, Fatboy Slim, Florence Welch, Johnny Marr, Linda Lewis, Orbital, Noel Gallagher, Levellers, Thom Yorke and Stormzy, artists who have performed at the festival, also feature.
Stormzy: Road To The Pyramid Stage
Monday 20 June, 10.40pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
In 2019, Stormzy was the first Black British solo artist to headline the Pyramid Stage, performing a thought-provoking set wearing a stab-proof Union Jack vest to highlight inequality in the justice system and the arts. Three years on, he reflects on his journey towards making Glastonbury history.
Stormzy: Live At Glastonbury 2019
Monday 20 June, 11.10pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
Re-watch Stormzy’s powerful and engaging performance at Glastonbury 2019. “This is the greatest night of my entire life,” he told the crowd. He was joined by Chris Martin, Dave, Fredo and a gospel choir, with BMX riders, flamethrowers, fireworks and crime statistics wowing during the set, which put a spotlight on racism and privilege in all walks of life.
Bad Boy Chiller Crew
Find it in Apps & Games > ITV Hub
Follow the Bradford-based rap trio (“Bradford boys get the party started”), who got their start by uploading comedy and prank videos online. After becoming viral sensations, they started making music influenced by the UK bassline scene. This access-all-areas documentary series charts their journey to become household names as they embark on their first festival shows, their first UK tour and produce their first album.
Watch Bad Boy Chiller Crew at Glastonbury on Friday 24 June at 12.45pm on the John Peel Stage.
Blossoms – Back To Stockport
Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video
The five-piece band from Stockport are named after The Blossoms pub in their hometown. If you ever visit, road signs on the way in to Stockport even proudly display the words “Home Of Blossoms.” This film is about their massive 2019 homecoming gig at Edgeley Park. That’s right, the football stadium.
The film’s director, Charlie Watts, told NME: “Stockport is almost like an extension of the band. They always champion it as a place. I think the character of Stockport is similar to the character of the band, it’s got the charm, it’s got the character.”
Watch Blossoms at Glastonbury on Friday 24 June at 2.15pm on the Other Stage.
Robert Plant: By Myself
Friday 24 June, 10.30pm, BBC Four HD (CH 108)
Robert Plant traces his career from his superstardom with Led Zeppelin in the 70s to his solo career. He discusses finding his own sound in the 80s and early 90s, plus the reunion with Jimmy Page in the mid-90s, as well as his long-time collaboration with Alison Krauss. Rare footage and photographs provide a real treat for fans.
Watch Robert Plant & Alison Krauss at Glastonbury on Friday 24 June at 6.15pm on the Pyramid Stage.
Lindisfarne’s Geordie Genius: The Alan Hull Story
Find it in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer
Sam Fender goes in search of his hero, Alan Hull of Lindisfarne, who wrote hit songs “Lady Eleanor” and “Fog on the Tyne.” Sting, Elvis Costello and Dave Stewart also contribute.
Watch Sam Fender at Glastonbury on Friday 24 June at 8.15pm on the Pyramid Stage.
Rip Up The Road
Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video
This documentary and concert film was shot over a 12-month period as Foals completed a world tour, which included a special headline performance at London’s Alexandra Palace. It’s a candid snapshot of life on the road and gives real insight into the dynamic among band members Yannis Philippakis, Jack Bevan and Jimmy Smith. You’ll even get to see what Glastonbury is like after dark.
Watch Foals at Glastonbury on Friday 24 June at 10.30pm on the Other Stage.
Noel Gallagher: Out Of The Now
Find it in Catch Up > Channels > Sky Arts
Noel Gallagher celebrates ten years of his solo project, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. During a revealing interview, he chats about the demise of Oasis, his creative process and why it was time to go it alone. “With the benefit of hindsight, it was the best thing for me and the band… There was a kind of undercurrent of “Well, we should really call it a day,”” he says. It was filmed partly during his performance at the Duke Of York’s Theatre in London.
Watch Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds at Glastonbury on Saturday 25 June at 7.15pm on the Pyramid Stage.
Olly Alexander: Growing Up Gay
Find it in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayerThe Years & Years frontman and It’s A Sin star is a brilliantly outspoken advocate of LGBTQ+ rights. His 2017 documentary Olly Alexander: Growing Up Gay is an incredible watch as he explores the mental health issues that the LGBTQ+ community faces.
Watch Years & Years at Glastonbury on Sunday 26 June at 7.45pm on the Other Stage.
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