Glastonbury Festival ‘Live at Worthy Farm’ director’s cut to air on BBC

A condensed director’s cut of the Glastonbury Festival ‘Live At Worthy Farm’ stream, which premiered online on Saturday 22 May, will be broadcast on the BBC in the coming weeks.

Highlights from the livestream will also be shown across TV, radio and online between Friday 25 and Sunday 27 June during the BBC’s annual ‘Glastonbury Experience’, when the full Glastonbury Festival would have taken place had it gone ahead this year. 

The ‘Live at Worthy Farm’ was marred by unfortunate technical issues which Driift, the company responsible for the livestream, put down to problems from a third party provider.

Driift has since issued a full apology and detailed statement. The company said: “Driift is not a tech business or media platform, and we rely on a third party company for certain aspects of broadcasting the stream. This provider has now identified the cause of last night’s problems, and we are awaiting a full technical report, there were no subsequent issues for ticket buyers accessing later streams for North American and Australia”. 

Filmed across the Festival’s Worthy Farm site at landmarks including the Pyramid Field and the Stone Circle, the five-hour event featured performances from Coldplay, Damon Albarn, and Haim along with spoken-word narrative from PJ Harvey, Jarvis Cocker and Kae Tempest.

Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis said: “Since the BBC first broadcast footage from Worthy Farm in 1997, Glastonbury and the BBC have enjoyed a brilliant relationship, so I’m thrilled that they’ll be showing highlights of our Live At Worthy Farm special.”

BBC Two will also show a 60-minute behind-the-scenes documentary, presented by BBC Radio 2 presenter Jo Whiley, during the Glastonbury Experience 2021 coverage in June.

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