9:45pm Friday 24 June on BBC TWO

The mighty U2 are Friday’s headline act as Glastonbury 2011 begins, with coverage across BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC Four throughout the weekend and with acts on the bill tonight including Cee Lo Green, Mumford And Sons, BB King, Morrissey and Jimmy Cliff

Doctor Who himself appeared at Glastonbury for a performance of the show’s theme.

Matt Smith introduced electronic duo Orbital on stage before the performance.

10.30pm Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 June on BBC TWO

Muse, Stevie Wonder, Shakira, Scissor Sisters, Faithless and Pet Shop Boys are among the acts performing live at Worthy Farm as Glastonbury continues.

7:00pm Friday 25 June on BBC TWO

The BBC has extensive coverage of Glastonbury 2010 across television, radio, and online

BBC 6 Music DJ Steve Lamacq and Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens today revealed the line-up for the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury 2010.

From Friday 25 June to Sunday 27 June, the BBC Introducing Stage showcases 31 under-the-radar artists from around the UK.

It is the fourth time that the BBC Introducing stage has been at the festival, having launched itself at Glastonbury 2007.

Jason Carter, Editor, BBC Introducing, says: “The BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury is such an important platform for us. It was the first festival to host a stage back in 2007 and it remains a key part of our calendar. Being able to bring brand new talent, sourced via the BBC networks, to a festival with such great musical heritage is a great privilege and is a big moment for all the artists involved.

Not only do those artists get to perform to the festival goers at Glastonbury but our commitment to filming the stage and recording the sets, means those watching and listening from home get to experience some of the best new music emerging from across the UK.”

The bands performing on the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury 2010 are:


Lady Leshurr


Dog is Dead

Ms Darks

Fellow Stranger


Two in a Boat

The Federals

Louis Elliot & The Embers

Out Like A Lion

Chew Lips

P Money

Dark Horses

Napoleon In Rags

Man Without Country

Jesca Hoop

Seven Summits

Yr Ods


Roll Deep and guests

Dry the River

Pulled Apart By Horses

Broadcast 2000

May 68

Patch William

Celt Islam

End of Level Baddie


John E Vistic Experience

Lanterns on the Lake

The Theory of Six Degrees


Kid Adrift, Pulled Apart By Horses and Chew Lips headline the stage each day in the new returners slot – artists who have been supported by BBC Introducing in previous years, who have now started to find a wider audience, are given the chance to return to stage where it all started and perform in this prestigious slot.

Special guests Roll Deep also feature on the stage, bringing with them some artists that have graced the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury in previous years.

For further information on the artists, please visit –

Sets from the stage are streamed online and highlights are available to watch on the Red Button across the weekend. Live music highlights from the BBC Introducing stage are broadcast across BBC Local Radio, Asian Network, 1Xtra, 6Music as well as Radio 1 on Huw Stephens’ show 9-10pm, Wednesday 30 June.

Huw says: “Once again we’re delighted to take some of the finest new artists to the legendary Glastonbury Festival, and introducing them to a new audience.”

For the first time ever, the BBC Introducing story is to be told on TV in a special documentary for BBC Four. The documentary follows three artists playing the stage and gives the audience a perspective of the festival through the eyes of these new performers. Continuing the BBC’s aim of nurturing new talent, the documentary is directed by a first time director as well as featuring new musical talent on screen.

BBC Radio 1 Stories: The Story Of Glastonbury (Radio 1, Monday 28 June, 9-10pm) also highlights the BBC Introducing talent, when it gets on the tour bus with a host of Glastonbury virgins as they head to perform at the world famous festival.

The BBC has extensive coverage of Glastonbury 2010 across television, radio, and online, with digital radio station 6 Music offering continuous coverage during the festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Details and additional content at

BBC Introducing is a multi-platform initiative across Radio 1, 6Music, 1Xtra, the Asian Network, Switch, over 35 BBC Local Radio stations and at – all working together to provide an internal network dedicated to showcasing the hottest new talent from across the UK. The BBC Introducing Stage is now present at key UK music festivals throughout the year, including Glastonbury, T in the Park and Reading and Leeds. Musicians can upload their music at for the possible opportunity of being broadcast on BBC Radio, which could lead to a slot on one of the BBC Introducing stages.


The BBC today announces its television coverage of Glastonbury 2010, unveiling comprehensive and exclusive coverage from Worthy Farm.

From Friday 25 to Sunday 27 June, there will be programming across BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC Four and on four Red Button streams, complemented by live BBC Radio coverage from BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio 1 and a host of offerings at

Celebrating the festival’s 40th birthday year, the award-winning BBC television coverage comes together on BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC Four and on Red Button, to bring viewers three days of glorious live music across four stages.

Across the programming, viewers can enjoy live headline sets from the likes of Gorillaz and Muse; classic acts like Ray Davies and Jackson Browne; the hottest British acts from Dizzee Rascal to Florence and the Machine; experience Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg; and sample unsigned acts on the BBC Introducing stage.

They can also explore cutting-edge bands from the John Peel Tent and groove to music from around the world on the West Holts Stage, formerly the Jazz/World Stage.

In addition to these musical treats, viewers can meet the people who make Glastonbury what it is – the entertainers, circus and cabaret acts, the workers and the crowd that have made Glastonbury the world’s paramount live music festival – all brought to your armchair courtesy of BBC television, Red Button, Radio and Online.

Jan Younghusband, BBC Commissioning Editor, Music & Events, says: “It is a great privilege to be working with Glastonbury in this special birthday year.

“With the help of our expert presenters, we will bring one of the world’s greatest cultural events directly to the viewers over a weekend of live music entertainment across TV, Radio and Online.”

Mark Cooper, Creative Head, BBC Music Entertainment, adds: “We can’t wait to get back to Glastonbury, come rain or shine.

“Ever since the BBC’s first TV broadcast from Worthy Farm, back in 1997 when we captured Radiohead going live into Paranoid Android in a sea of mud, our TV team look forward to the challenge of filming as many stages as possible for as long as we can amongst a huge crowd of very happy people!”

BBC Two’s coverage is presented by Jo Whiley, Lauren Laverne, Mark Radcliffe and Zane Lowe and combines live performances, festival highlights, interviews and special acoustic sets across the weekend.

With live headline sets from major artists, including Gorillaz and Muse, BBC Two also has extended highlights of each day’s events into the early hours of the morning.

Viewers can watch the best of the festival with a two-hour highlights programme on Friday 2 July at 11pm.

BBC Three programming is presented by Edith Bowman and Reggie Yates and kicks off the BBC’s television coverage on Friday evening with Vampire Weekend and Florence and the Machine.

They are followed by a transatlantic hip-hop clash with Dizzee Rascal and Snoop Dogg. Saturday’s coverage includes sets from Shakira, The Cribs, Scissor Sisters and Pet Shop Boys, while Faithless are covered live on Sunday.

BBC Three viewers are encouraged to share their thoughts about the live artists and guest interviewees on Twitter and Facebook, via their own dedicated Glastonbury hashtag. There is also a highlights programme on Monday 28 June at 7pm.

BBC Four’s coverage is hosted by Mark Radcliffe and includes sets from a discerning blend of heritage artists and critically acclaimed favourites. Friday’s programming showcases Corinne Bailey Rae, Willie Nelson, Seasick Steve and Groove Armada, while Saturday sees performances from Jackson Browne and The National. Sunday sees sets from Jack Johnson, Norah Jones and Toots & The Maytals.

BBC Four’s coverage is preceded on Sunday 20 June (9pm) by the two-hour documentary Glastonbury at 40 – From Avalon To Jay-Z, which celebrates all of the iconic things now associated with this great performing arts festival.

Red Button coverage includes performances from all four stages during the festival, with 6 Music presenters Craig Charles and Cerys Matthews appearing on all streams. The BBC Introducing stage is also showcased on the Red Button each day.

The BBC’s dedicated website – – launched on 7 June with a major new section called Archive. Archive mines the BBC archives showing highlights from every year of the festival to date. Audiences are invited to add their own Glastonbury memories.

In conjunction with 6 Music listeners, there is an online vote on the greatest Glastonbury performances. The results are announced on Thursday 24 June.

A Glastonbury quiz goes live at the end of this week and can be accessed via the site and on mobile and Facebook.

During the festival, the site will offer live streaming across the weekend, visualising 6 Music’s activities plus several performances.

Following the weekend’s coverage, there are extended highlights of 60 performances from the Pyramid, Other, John Peel, West Holts and BBC Introducing stages. The iPlayer broadcasts are also aggregated into the site.


Full television/Red Button transmission details (not confirmed):

Sunday 20 June

BBC Four: Glastonbury at 40 – From Avalon To Jay-Z



Friday 25 June

BBC Two: 10-10.30pm and 11pm-2am (Saturday 26)

BBC Three: 7pm-10pm and 2.15-3.15am (Saturday 26)

BBC Four: 9pm-12.00midnight

Red Button: Sky and Virgin 7pm-11.20am (Saturday 26)

Freeview: 9.10pm-9.40am (Saturday 26)


Saturday 26 June

BBC Two: 4-5.30pm/10.30pm-2am (Sunday 27)

BBC Three: 7.45-11.45pm/2-3am (Sunday 27)

BBC Four: 9-11pm

Red Button: Sky and Virgin, 4.30pm-11.40am (Sunday 27)

Freeview: 10.30pm-10.50am (Sunday 27)


Sunday 27 June

BBC Two: 4-5.30pm/10pm-2am (Monday 28)

BBC Three: 8.50-10pm/2-3am (Monday 28)

BBC Four: 7-9pm

Red Button: Sky and Virgin, 4pm-2am (Monday 28)

Freeview: 10.10pm-2am (Monday 28)


Monday 28 June

BBC Three: highlights programme



Friday 2 July

BBC Two: highlights programme



The Glastonbury Festival (or, Pilton Pop Festival if you’re local, ‘Glasto’ if you’re a spectacular example of idiocy) is one of the most miserable places on Earth. It’s like the forced fun of a house party to the power of a million. Yapping swine dance in the mud and sing along to the most catholic bands on Earth, all the while, thinking that they’re sticking it to the man and helping Mother Earth.

Take a look at the kind of braying moron you see stood at the back of a Jools Holland show and that’s the kind of wimpish, witless moron you’re likely to stumble into at a Glastonbury Festival.

Still, it’s a good place to send these nitwits. The toilets are staggering in their grimditutde, with towering piles of faecal matter peering out of moulded plastic shit-wells, ready to topple over at the merest shunt by a passing drunk in a Stone Roses t-shirt and reddened trench-face.

All the while, hippies with dogs-on-washing-line thrill at the summer solstace and how spiritual the whole thing is… regardless of the fact they’ve paid £125 to contribute to one of the biggest carbon footprints of the calendar year.

From the stage comes a selection of the dreariest music ever conjured up by our idiot race. People wave flags and sit on each others shoulders and generally live like celebrating mud-skippers, flailing helplessly around in puddles of dead-water and filmed and commented on by hooting brain-donors like Zane Lowe and Edith ‘How’s That Septum Doing?’ Bowman.

And so, BBC Worldwide is to share this unrelenting misery with the rest of the world as it pushes this Disney-For-Deniers around foreign TV sets.

John Mansfield, the BBC Worldwide Music head of content development, said: “In this momentous year, as Glastonbury celebrates its 40th anniversary, we are proud and privileged to bring the much celebrated BBC coverage to a global stage.”

Glastonbury’s executive producer for TV, Ben Challis, added: “We have worked with the BBC in the UK since 1997 and the award-winning coverage of Glastonbury just gets better and better.”

To foreign people, on behalf of all Britons, I apologise for what you’re about to see in advance.

(And yes, I’ve been to half a dozen Glastonbury festivals… for my sins)

  • BBC One
  • BBC Two
  • BBC Three
  • ITV1
  • ITV2
  • 4
  • E4
  • Film4
  • More4
  • Five
  • Fiver
  • Sky1