Much to the dismay of music fans everywhere, Glastonbury was cancelled for the second year running in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, that doesn't mean that there wouldn't be any performances at all, and instead organisers Michael and Emily Eavis organised a virtual event from the site in Pilton, Somerset.
Filmed across Worthy Farm including at iconic locations such as the Pyramid Field and the Stone Circle, the livestream took place in May 2021 and supported Glastonbury’s three main charitable partners Oxfam, Greenpeace and WaterAid, as well as helping to secure the festival’s return in 2022.
Now the recorded livestream is heading to television - meaning new performances from the likes of Coldplay, HAIM and Damon Albarn will soon be available for all to enjoy from the comfort of our much less muddy homes.
That's not all however - the BBC are planning a full-on Glastonbury takeover this weekend, with The Glastonbury Experience 2021 featuring performances past and present dominating BBC iPlayer, BBC Two and BBC Radio.
It may not be an in-person event, but Glastonbury is very much coming to us this year - here's everything you need to know about the BBC broadcast of Glastonbury 2021.
When is Glastonbury 2021 on TV?
Glastonbury 2021’s Live At Worthy Farm will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer from Thursday 24th June.
Formerly broadcast as six five-hour livestreams on the 22nd and 23rd May, Live at Worthy Farm will be available to watch on the streaming service as individual performances.
Highlights from the livestream will also be broadcast on BBC Two at 10pm on Sunday 27th June. They will be preceded by exclusive documentary Live At Worthy Farm: Backstage at 9pm, during which presenter Jo Whiley explores how this once-in-a-lifetime event was put together.
When is The Glastonbury Experience 2021?
It's not just this year's Live At Worthy Farm that will be broadcast - the BBC are planning a full-on Glastonbury takeover across TV, radio, iPlayer and Sounds on the weekend of Friday 25th – Sunday 27th June 2021.
The musical extravaganza of Glastonbury both past and present will be a multi-platform affair across BBC iPlayer, TV, radio, and Sounds, with over 50 full sets available on iPlayer alone.
That's an awful lot of classic concerts from the iconic Somerset music festival - here's a breakdown of which sets are available on each platform.
In addition to the 2021 Live at Worthy Farm performances, iPlayer will also be hosting the returning pop-up Glastonbury channel, which will be streaming from 10am to late daily from Friday 25th - June 27th.
Each day will take on a different theme, with Friday focusing on 90s Glastonbury, Saturday highlighting the 21st Century and Sunday celebrating legends who have made memorable appearances at the festival.
A mix of classic sets, documentaries and specially curated programmes will stream throughout the day, with presenters Jo Whiley, Clara Amfo and Lauren Laverne choosing their two favourite sets to air over the weekend.
Over 50 full Glastonbury sets from the BBC archive were also made available on the streaming service on Monday 24th June.
As well as the very modern streaming channel on iPlayer, terrestrial channels BBC Two and BBC Four will also be airing select classic Glastonbury sets.
See the full schedule below:
Friday 25th June
- Glastonbury in the 90s at 9pm - Narrated by Skin from Skunk Anansie, this programme looks back at the decade that transformed the festival thanks to TV cameras, dance music and extreme weather.
- Radiohead at Glastonbury 1997 at 10pm - A showing of the Oxford band's 1997 performance, considered one of the greatest sets in the festival's forty-year history.
- REM at Glastinbury 1999 at 11pm - The rock band's historic performance from the Pyramid Stage in 1999
Saturday 26th June
- Glastonbury in the 21st Century at 9pm - An exploration of the stars and stories since the year 2000, when global pop came to Glastonbury.
- Kylie at Glastonbury 2019 at 10pm - Kylie Minogue's landmark performance at the Pyramid Stage after having to pull out due to health reasons in 2005.
- Arctic Monkeys at Glastonbury 2013 at 11:20pm - The band's headline 2013 set from the Pyramid Stage.
Sunday 27th June
- Glastonbury Legends at 7:30pm - Performance highlights from some of the many musical legends who have performed at festival over the years, including Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Kylie Minogue and Madness.
- Live At Worthy Farm: Backstage at 9pm - Jo Whiley presents a backstage look at the one-off Glastonbury livestream.
- Live at Worthy Farm at 10pm - Highlights from the 2021 livestreams, including performances from Coldplay, Haim and Damon Albarn.
- Al Green at Glastonbury 1999 at 9pm - A look back at the American soul legend's 1999 performance on the Pyramid stage.
- Best of Glastonbury 1998 at 10pm - Highlights from one of the muddiest years on record, which included performances from Primal Scream, James, Foo Fighters, the Lightning Seeds, Blur and Robbie Williams.
- Best of Glastonbury 1999 at 11:35pm - Highlights from the 1999 summer festival that saw REM, the Beautiful South, Blondie, Barenaked Ladies and more perform.
Saturday 26th June
- Best of Glastonbury 2003 at 9pm - Highlights of the 2003 three-day festival, which featured performances by the Manic Street Preachers, REM, Radiohead, Macy Gray and the Sugababes.
- Iggy Pop and the Stooges at Glastonbury 2007 - A repeat of the veteran rockers 2007 performance, which included hits such as No Fun and I Wanna Be Your Dog.
- Glastonbury 2017 at 11pm - Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran were three of the big performers in this highlights show hosted by Jo Whiley and Mark Radcliffe.
Sunday 27th June
- Fela Kuti at Glastonbury 1984 at 10pm - A broadcast of the 1984 Fela Kuti set that has never been shown on TV in its entirety before.
BBC Radio 1 will be hosting Glastonbury specials all weekend, including highlights from Live At Worthy Farm on a special edition of Future Sounds on Thursday 24th June.
Radio 1's Festival Anthems will play Glastonbury artists every day, while I'm A Celebrity winner Jordan North will be playing Glastonbury performance tracks at 11am on Friday 25th June.
DJ Target and Tiffany Calver will play Live at Worthy Farm highlights during their shows on Radio 1XTRA, while Bobby Friction will be reliving Glastonbury with experimental South Asian beats at 9pm on Wednesday 23rd on BBC Asian Network.
On BBC Radio 2 Fearne Cotton will dedicate her Sounds of the 90s show to Glastonbury on Friday 25th June, while Jo Whiley will host Glastonbury Live on Sunday 27th June, featuring two hours of new performances from Live At Worthy Farm.
Glastonbury will quite literally take over BBC Radio 6 Music on Friday 25th June with All Day Glastonbury from 5am to 7pm. The day will kick off with Lauren Laverne revisiting on-site interviews from the festival and playing a themed Desert Island Disco, with presenters continuing to play live recorded Glastonbury tracks throughout the day.
The Blessed Madonna will be celebrating gay club NYC Downlow's contribution to Glastonbury on Saturday 26th June at 9pm, while Cerys Matthews will broadcast spoken word performances from the 2021 livestream on Sunday 27th June.
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Extended music mixes will be available from Friday 25th June - including curated Glastonbury mixes from Zoe Ball and Dermot O'Leary - with themes including Legends, guitars, rave, chill out classics, hip-hop, rap and grime and pop royalty.
Over 30 classic sets were also made available on Monday 21st June, with highlights from Live At Worthy Farm performances joining over the weekend.
Glastonbury 2021 line-up: Who's performing?
Live At Worthy Farm assembled a killer line-up which should have no trouble recreating the excitement of a typical Glastonbury Festival, with Coldplay getting top billing on the limited edition poster.
Music fans can also expect to see exclusive performances from the likes of Blur frontman Damon Albarn, rock groups HAIM, IDLES and Wolf Alice, as well as Jorja Smith, Kano and Michael Kiwanuka.
There will also be special guests throughout, while superstar DJ Honey Dijon will also feature.
When is the next Glastonbury festival?
Glastonbury was cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic and the decision was made to postpone the event again this year as the battle against the virus continues.
The next Glastonbury Festival is scheduled to take place from Wednesday 22nd June to Sunday 26th June 2022, but tickets are sold out having rolled over twice since the event's first cancellation.