The BBC will show an hour of the Rolling Stones’ first ever Glastonbury set, festival organiser Michael Eavis has confirmed.
Under the deal only festivalgoers will see the band’s finale, which is expected to include fireworks, he says, although it is understood that the deal may not have been formally signed.
The Stones, who are scheduled to play for two hours and 15 minutes on the Saturday night of the festival, had been locked in negotiations with the BBC which wanted to show as much as possible of the performance in the festival’s flagship Saturday night slot on June 29.
The band in turn were said to be anxious about giving away their material for free in an age when tickets to their concerts sell for many hundreds of pounds.
Eavis told the Press Association: “I think they’re all friends now. They’re going to be playing for about an hour for the TV. I think Mick Jagger wanted to play to the people here, rather than a TV show.”
The Pyramid area where the band will play has been extended to allow for the thousands of fans expected for the set in a bid to avoid any problems with overcrowding, he added.
“With the whole Stones thing, there might be a problem with the size of the crowd so it’s slightly worrying for me, in a way,” admitted Eavis.
Yesterday afternoon, just prior to Eavis’ remarks, a BBC spokeswoman denied rumours that a compromise had been reached and told RadioTimes.com that negotiations were still ongoing. It is understood that this remains the BBC’s official position but that both sides are confident of reaching a formal deal soon.
The BBC has announced that there will be a total of 250 hours of live broadcasting from Glastonbury’s six main stages.