BBC to air Glastonbury’s Live at Worthy Farm highlights and documentary

Thom Yorke The Smile

The BBC has secured rights to air footage from Glastonbury’s livestream.

Last weekend, on 22 May, Glastonbury debuted its livestream show Live at Worthy Farm. It featured performances from former Crack Magazine cover stars such as IDLES, Jorja Smith and Kano, as well a set from Honey Dijon and a debut performance from The Smile – a new group formed by Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood and Tom Skinner. For those who missed the stream, the BBC has announced it’s secured the rights to broadcast highlights from the five-hour global livestream.

As part of The Glastonbury Experience 2021, the BBC will air a director’s cut of the stream on television, and highlights across the web, radio and TV. Furthermore, the corporation has commissioned a behind the scenes documentary of the stream. BBC Radio 2 presenter Jo Whiley will host the 60-minute documentary on BBC Two. The documentary will tell “the story behind the staging of Glastonbury’s first ever festival without an audience, interviews with the artists, backstage footage and performance highlights from Live At Worthy Farm“.

Due to technical issues, some ticket holders were unable to access the stream after a nearly two-hour delay. Subsequently, Emily Eavis and Driift – the company operating the stream – allowed ticket holders to watch a re-broadcast for free the next day (23 May).

In a statement Eavis said, “We were gutted about the technical issues that some of you experienced last night, but as ever the Glastonbury community has showed us such solidarity and love, and we are overwhelmed by your generosity, patience, kindness and appreciation of this incredible film, which was so wonderfully put together by Paul Dugdale.”