The much-anticipated return of the Glastonbury Festival for 2022 will include extensive coverage across BBC Radio in addition to TV.
Taking place from Wednesday 22 – Sunday 26 June, Glastonbury will be covered on radio by BBC presenters such as AFRODEUTSCHE, Cerys Matthews, Clara Amfo, Danny Howard, Dermot O’Leary, DJ Target, Huw Stephens, Jack Saunders, Jaguar, Jamz Supernova, Jo Whiley, Lauren Laverne, Matt Everitt, Sian Eleri, Steve Lamacq, Tiffany Calver, Tom Ravenscroft, Vick Hope and Zoe Ball all broadcasting live from Worthy Farm.
On Radio 1 Dance on Thursday 23 June from 7pm-12am, a live broadcast of Radio 1 Dance’s takeover of the BBC Music Introducing Stage, hosted by Danny Howard and Jaguar will take place. The programme will be simulcast on BBC Radio Somerset DAB and feature sets from some of the biggest names from the world of Introducing Dance.
Sian Eleri will be live from Pilton from 10pm-12am on the Friday night on Radio 1, to bring listeners the Pyramid Stage headline set from Billie Eilish. Plus, on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Vick Hope will be giving Radio 1 listeners regular live updates from Worthy Farm between 11am-3pm each day.
Following the festival, Radio 1’s Essential Mix will take listeners back to Shangri-La, broadcasting set highlights from this famous late-night area of Glastonbury on Friday 1 July (into Saturday (2 July), 12am-2am).
Tiffany Calver and DJ Target co-host a special show on RADIO 1Xtra, Saturday (9pm-11pm), which will be simulcast on Radio 1 and will feature live performances from some of 1Xtra’s favourite artists at Glastonbury. Tiffany is back on the Sunday (9pm-12am) with Kendrick Lamar live on the Pyramid Stage.
The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2 will be live from Glastonbury on the Friday (7am-10am), featuring live music and artist interviews. Plus, Richie Anderson and Tina Daheley explore the site to preview the weekend and hear from music fans as part of the show.
On the Saturday, it’s Vernon Kaye’s All Request Glastonbury All Stars (3pm-5pm), featuring listener choices of artists who have played at Glastonbury, before Dermot O’Leary presents live from Worthy Farm (5pm-8pm) with the best of the festival so far.
Into the evening on Radio 2, listeners can hear Paul McCartney at the BBC (8pm-9pm), featuring some of Paul’s top performances and interviews from the BBC archives and then OJ Borg (9pm-12am), will include highlights of Paul McCartney’s Pyramid Stage performance.
Sunday on Radio 2 sees Jo Whiley present live from Pilton (7pm-9pm), including highlights from Diana Ross’ teatime slot set on the Pyramid Stage.
6 Music will have All Day Glastonbury coverage from Wednesday 22 – Sunday 26 June.
On Wednesday and Thursday, Lauren Laverne (7.30am-10.30am) and Jamz Supernova (7pm-9pm) will guide listeners across the festival site, bringing to life Worthy Farm with shows featuring live sets, Glastonbury news and guests.
Lauren will broadcast from the Worthy Farm gates as the first festival-goers enter the site during her Wednesday morning show. Chris Hawkins (5am-7.30am), Mary Anne Hobbs (10.30am-1pm), Craig Charles (1pm-4pm), Steve Lamacq (4pm-7pm) and Gideon Coe (9pm-12am) will also be joining in the Glastonbury celebration with themed shows on those days. Every track played between 5am midnight will be from an artist who has played at Glastonbury in the past, or will be this year and there’ll be archive sets broadcast in each show.
On Friday, Jamz (10.30am-1pm), Huw Stephens (1pm-4pm) and Steve (4pm-7pm) present from Pilton, with All Day Glastonbury themed programmes also coming from Chris (5am-7.30am) and Nemone (7.30am-10.30am).
Co-hosted special programmes from Matt Everitt & Nemone (7pm-9pm) and Tom Ravenscroft & AFRODEUTSCHE (9pm-12am) will air on the Friday and Saturday evening. Matt & Nemone will bring the audience the special moments from each day, plus interviews, news and a look ahead to what’s to come. Tom & AFRODEUTSCHE will take listeners across the stages in their show, bringing them the best live sets taking place that night.
Also on Saturday, Lauren (1pm-4pm) and Jamz (4pm-7pm) have all the live action, with Glastonbury specials from Amy Lamé (5am-7am), Radcliffe & Maconie (7am-10am) and Huey Morgan (10am-1pm).
Sunday’s live-from-site broadcasts are from Cerys Matthews (10am-1pm) and Jamz (1pm-4pm), before the station broadcasts Elbow – Road to Glastonbury (4pm-5pm), exploring the band’s relationship with the festival ahead of their performance on Sunday night on the Pyramid Stage.
Nemone & Matt will be back from 5pm-8pm with a review of Sunday and a look ahead to the last few hours of the festival.
Finally, Steve rounds up the weekend from 8pm-12am, with a show featuring news, reviews, performance highlights and live sets, broadcast live from the final night of Glastonbury 2022.
Live coverage from the festival from Wednesday 22nd June across BBC Radio 1, Radio 1 Dance, Radio 1Xtra, Radio 2, 6 Music and BBC Somerset can be followed on BBC Sounds with a single click.
Performances from artists on the main stages will be available to listen to on demand across the weekend and after the event, as well as DJ sets recorded at the Arcadia, Stonebridge Bar, Shangri-La and Silver Hayes areas of the festival.
All Glastonbury programmes on BBC radio will be available to hear on demand on BBC Sounds after broadcast.
Lorna Clarke, BBC Director of Music says: “I’m very proud of the BBC’s long history of broadcasting from Glastonbury, the highlight of our Summer of Live Music. Our coverage this year will be our most extensive to date, with over 35 hours of programming across BBC One, Two, Three and Four, and over 40 hours on BBC iPlayer – in addition to digital live streams from the five biggest festival stages. We’ll also have wall-to-wall coverage on the BBC’s pop radio networks and BBC Sounds – with over 60 hours of broadcasts from the festival itself.
“For the first time, we’ll be showing sets from the Pyramid stage in Ultra High Definition, a fantastic progression in our Glastonbury story, which aims to help audiences access every epic musical moment.
“Our expert team of presenters will guide audiences around Worthy Farm, whilst BBC iPlayer – with its dedicated Glastonbury channel – and BBC Sounds will allow people to watch and listen on demand, throughout the festival weekend and beyond. Many thanks to Emily and Michael Eavis for once again allowing us to bring their incredible creation to millions of music lovers around the UK.”
Emily Eavis says: “It’s a joy to have the BBC and its brilliant team back and broadcasting live from Glastonbury for the first time since 2019 – continuing a special partnership that’s been evolving since 1997. I’m looking forward to Worthy Farm being filled with thousands of people once again and for millions more around the country being able to enjoy performances from our stellar line-up, courtesy of the BBC, wherever they are.”