The BBC has unveiled plans for its ‘longest celebration of Glastonbury Festival’, with six weeks of build-up and coverage across its platforms.

The broadcaster's coverage of the Somerset festival will be available on TV, BBC iPlayer, radio and BBC Sounds between Monday, June 3 and Sunday, July 14.

iPlayer will bring audiences more than 90 hours of live performances from Glastonbury's five main stages: the Pyramid, Other, West Holts, Woodies and The Park.

Extensive coverage on the BBC's TV channels will be presented by Clara Amfo, Jack Saunders, Jo Whiley and Lauren Laverne.

Other famous faces involved include Annie Macmanus, Arielle Free, Danny Howard, Dermot O’Leary, Jamie Laing, Katie Thistleton, Nick Grimshaw, Sarah Story, Vick Hope and Zoe Ball.

Somerset County Gazette: Sir Elton John headlined the iconic Pyramid Stage in 2023.Sir Elton John headlined the iconic Pyramid Stage in 2023. (Image: Yui Mok/PA)

BBC director of music Lorna Clarke said: “The BBC’s coverage of Glastonbury is one of the biggest jewels in the BBC’s pop crown and we’re evolving our programming to bring audiences many ways to enjoy the festival across our platforms – it’s their Glastonbury on the BBC.

“This year will see the debut of Glastonbury Channel II, a welcome addition to our multiple BBC iPlayer streams, giving viewers a rolling round-up of the key moments from each day.

“We’re also proud that for the second year, Pyramid Stage – Signed returns, with performances from Glastonbury’s most iconic stage in British Sign Language, bringing the Glastonbury experience closer to all viewers.

“This is in addition to over 90 hours of live performances from the five main stages on BBC iPlayer, extensive coverage on TV, 90 hours of radio broadcasts live from the festival, plus much more to discover on BBC Sounds – including Sidetracked by Glastonbury, presented by Annie Macmanus and Nick Grimshaw, which will also be available on BBC iPlayer from the first week of June.

“I would like to thank Emily and Michael Eavis once again for allowing us this exclusive access to Glastonbury, as only the BBC can bring the nation together to enjoy their unique festival.”

Somerset County Gazette: Glastonbury founder Sir Michael Eavis, who was knighted in April.Glastonbury founder Sir Michael Eavis, who was knighted in April. (Image: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire)

Festival co-organiser Emily Eavis said: “We’re incredibly proud of our ongoing partnership with the BBC and always look forward to hearing about the exciting developments in their coverage each year.

“I’d like to thank Lorna Clarke, Alison Howe and their team for celebrating our festival so brilliantly and for sharing the special spirit of Glastonbury with an audience far beyond these fields. We’re so looking forward to welcoming them back to Worthy Farm in June.”

New additions to the BBC's Glastonbury coverage for 2024

Glastonbury Channel II

A round-up of the unmissable moments from each day of the festival. Glastonbury Channel II is BBC iPlayer's new companion stream to The Glastonbury Channel Live.

It will broadcast on Friday, June 28 (6pm to midnight) and Saturday 29 and Sunday, June 30 (10am until late).

BBC Two specials

Dua Lipa, Coldplay and more will share their Glastonbury stories with viewers in new 30-minute specials for BBC Two.

Sidetracked with Annie and Nick

The BBC Sounds podcast with Annie Macmanus and Nick Grimshaw will present a  series of weekly Glastonbury specials ahead of the festival from Monday, June 3.

It will feature interviews with Emily Eavis, Shania Twain and more. Episodes will be available on BBC Sounds and also in vision on BBC iPlayer the same day.

There will also be another three Sidetracked programmes broadcast live on Radio 6 Music, before Nick and Annie wrap up with a bonus episode on Sounds after the event.