No wellies needed…
If you’ve missed out on Britain’s favourite annual mud bath, then don’t despair. As ever, most of this weekend’s Glastonbury performances are being shown on the BBC.
And it means you’ll avoid scenes like these.
Kicking off with a special, Glasto-themed episode of The One Show, the Beeb will feature live music across TV, online and radio platforms.
You can watch the coverage live on the BBC’s dedicated Glastonbury website, and switch between the stages.
The iPlayer will also host plenty of coverage on catch-up, even after the weekend’s over.
Watching on TV
Here’s the schedule as it stands:
Friday 24 July
• 19:00 – The One Show hosted by Alex Jones and Greg James.
• 22:00-22:30 – Friday at Glastonbury (highlights)
• 23:15 -02:00 – Friday at Glastonbury (highlights)
• 19:00-20:00 – James
• 20:00-21:00 – ZZ Top & The Lumineers
• 21:00-22:00 – Foals
• 22:30-00:00 – Underworld
Saturday 25 July
• 19:00-20:00 – Squeeze and Madness
• 20:00-21:00 – Baaba Maal and Mbongwana Star
• 22:30-00:30 – New Order and Philip Glass’ Heroes Symphony
Sunday 26 July
• 20:00-21:00 Gregory Porter and Ellie Goulding
• 21:00-22:00 PJ Harvey
• 22:00-23:30 Earth, Wind & Fire
While watching at home inevitably grants with you the power to flick between your preferred acts, we’ve highlighted some additional choices that directly clash with our picks, for those struggling to decide between Coldplay and Beck, New Order and M83, or Editors and ZZ Top.
Friday 24 June
Pyramid Stage: Muse 22.15
Whether or not you’re a fan of Muse’s deliberately overblown, stadium-friendly anthems or not, few would deny they put on a terrific live show. Following on from a typically rousing set last year, excitement is mounting as to what they have in store this weekend when they take the Pyramid Stage by storm. Rest assured it will involve drones.
Clashes with: Sigur Ros, John Peel Stage, 22.30; Disclosure, Other Stage, 22.30; Underworld, West Holts Stage, 22.15; Richard Hawley, Park Stage, 23.00
Other Stage: Editors 17.40
Long written-off in some quarters as a bunch of whining fun-sponges, Editors’ big, bold, doom-laden sounds have always translated well on-stage. And with the band having seemingly found a new spark of creativity on their latest album, fans will be feverishly anticipating their return to Glastonbury after a three-year absence.
Clashes with: ZZ Top, Pyramid Stage, 18.15; Jack Garratt, John Peel Stage, 18.10; Protojoe, West Holts Stage, 17.30; Ezra Furman, Park Stage, 17.00
Park Stage: Savages 21.30
Following on from the successful release of their second album, Adore Life, in January, and a string of memorable live performances throughout the year, this London based rock band are fast becoming one the UK’s most exciting acts.
Clashes with: Roisin Murphy, West Holts Stage, 20.30; Aluna George, John Peel Stage, 21.00
John Peel Stage: Explosions in the Sky 19.30
A household-name in the US, the Texas four-piece have swiftly grown in popularity in the UK over the years and are due to make their Glastonbury debut at this year’s festival. If their other live shows are any indication, it will be a set to remember.
Clashes with: Bring Me the Horizon, Other Stage, 19.10; White Denim, West Holts Stage, 19.00
West Holts Stage: DakhaBrakha 14.30
A world-music/folk quartet originating from the Ukraine, DakhaBrakha (“give/take”) are unlike any other act playing at the farm this year, with their live shows incorporating such diverse areas as theatre and elemental sounds, and influenced by European, African, and Indian music, as well as that of their homeland. DakhaBrakha are sure to offer a truly unique experience.
Clashes with: Nao, Park Stage, 14.15; Skepta, Pyramid Stage 13.45; Frightened Rabbit, Other Stage, 14.50
Saturday, 25 June
The Last Shadow Puppets
Pyramid Stage: The Last Shadow Puppets 18.15
After an eight-year hiatus following their debut album, Alex Turner and Miles Kane’s “pet project” triumphantly returned this year with their second album, Everything You’ve Come to Expect. A successful showing at this year’s Glastonbury would be the ideal way to remind us all of how great Turner and Kane (along with James Ford and Zach Dawes) are on stage together.
Clashes with: Tom Odell, Other Stage, 17.45; John Grant, John Peel Stage, 17.50; The Very Best, West Holts Stage, 19.00
Other Stage: New Order 22.30
After continuing without Peter Hook last year, one could almost be forgiven for writing off New Order. After all, remember what happened when Liam Gallagher tried to carry on as Oasis without Noel? New Order proved the naysayers wrong, however, when latest album Music Complete was widely heralded as one of the band’s best albums. A Glastonbury performance is something to get very excited about.
Clashes with: Adele, Pyramid Stage, 22.15; M83, John Peel Stage, 22.30; James Blake, West Holts Stage, 22.15
Park Stage: Mercury Rev 21.30
Having worked seemingly non-stop since the early ’90s, American indie favourites Mercury Rev return to Glastonbury after an amazing performance in 2002. Even if you are just watching them at home, their sound and stage presence is infectious.
Clashes with: Chvrches, Other Stage, 20.45;
John Peel Stage: Lapsley 15.10
An exciting new British talent making her Glastonbury debut, Lapsley was nominated for the BBC’s Sound of 2015 award, as well as NME’s Best New Artist of 2016, and a strong showing at Glastonbury should only propel the electronic chanteuse further. Definitely one to watch.
Clashes with: Hurts, Other Stage, 14.45; Wolf Alice, Pyramid Stage, 15.00; Little Simz, West Holts Stage, 14.30
West Holts Stage: Santigold 20.30
Glasto has a reputation for being a bit “guitar-heavy”, though the organisers have certainly attempted to rectify this in recent years, with the inclusion of urban and hip-hop musicians. This year’s line-up includes acclaimed American rapper Santigold, fresh from the success of her third album 99 Cents. More socially conscious in her lyrics than many of her peers, leading to her often being compared to M.I.A., Santigold is sure to offer something that stands apart from many of the other acts this year.
Clashes with: Floating Points, Park Stage, 20.00; Tame Impala, Pyramid Stage, 20.00; Fat Boy Slim, John Peel Stage, 20.30
Sunday 26 June
Pyramid Stage: Beck 19.15
After returning in 2014, after a six-year hiatus, American singer/songwriter Beck takes the Pyramid Stage this Sunday. Set to play material from his acclaimed latest album, as well as classics from his revered back-catalogue, Beck’s laidback, folky, psychedelic medleys are surely the perfect way for the festival to wind down.
Clashes with: PJ Harvey, Other Stage, 19.45; Of Monsters and Men, John Peel Stage, 19.00; Guy Garvey, Park Stage, 19.30
Other Stage: LCD Soundsystem 21.45
Seemingly calling quits on the gig for good back in 2011, James Murphy’s punk/dance outfit re-emerged last Christmas, with the quiet release of new single, ‘Christmas Will Break Your Heart’. With a new album apparently in the works, hope remains that Murphy will choose to unveil new material when he takes to the Other Stage this Sunday.
Clashes with: Jake Bugg, John Peel Stage, 22.00; Coldplay, Pyramid Stage, 21.30
Park Stage: Hinds 14.00
An indie-rock band hailing from Madrid, Hinds released their debut album this year and emerged as an exciting, unique talent, with lead singer Carlotta Cosials reminiscent of St. Vincent’s Annie Clark in the band’s lo-fi yet somewhat mischievous singles ‘Demo’ and ‘Trippy Gum’.
Clashes with: Kamasi Washington, West Holts Stage, 14.00; Paul Abbot and Jacqui Abbot, Other Stage, 14.20
Bat For Lashes
John Peel Stage: Bat for Lashes 16.00
A live appearance from Bat for Lashes’ Natasha Khan is always one to savour; her hypnotic vocals and macabre lyricism often give the impression of being witness to an exorcism as opposed to a gig. With a new album in the pipeline, now is the perfect time to get reacquainted with Khan’s singular sonic landscape.
Clashes with: Jamie Lawson, Other Stage, 15.30; Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Pyramid Stage, 16.00
West Holts Stage: Anoushka Shankar 17.00
Despite releasing six studio albums, Anoushka Shankar is still probably best-known in the UK as being Norah Jones’ half sister. However, with an appearance on the West Holts Stage this Sunday, Shankar’s enigmatic, suitably mysterious stage presence, combined with her music which incorporates evocative use of the sitar and piano, is sure to make her one of Glastonbury 2016’s unexpected highlights.
Clashes with: Kwabs, Park Stage, 16.30; Band of Horses, John Peel Stage, 17.30