David Bowie, Beyonce, Coldplay, Adele: BBC to broadcast classic Glastonbury sets

The BBC is to broadcast classic Glastonbury performances this year, in the iconic music festival's absence.

Previous headline sets from superstars Beyoncé, Adele, Coldplay, David Bowie and Jay-Z will be shown on BBC Two and BBC Four.

Meanwhile, a new pop-up channel will appear on BBC iPlayer, which will feature more than 60 historic sets.

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This year's Glastonbury festival - which was due to feature the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar - was called off amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The late David Bowie performing at Glastonbury in 2000.The late David Bowie performing at Glastonbury in 2000.
The late David Bowie performing at Glastonbury in 2000.

More than 200,000 people, including 135,000 ticket-holders, would have descended on Worthy Farm in Somerset if the festival had gone ahead from 25 to 28 June.

Clara Amfo, Edith Bowman, Jo Whiley, Lauren Laverne and Mark Radcliffe will host four days of programming across the BBC.

At the centre of the BBC coverage will be three 90-minute programmes on BBC Two, broadcast on Friday 26, Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June.

They will feature performances from The Rolling Stones, REM, Amy Winehouse, Arctic Monkeys, Blur, Dizzee Rascal, Lady Gaga and PJ Harvey.

Lorna Clarke, the controller of BBC Pop said: "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 to give our audience a taste of the festival in their own homes."

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