Glastonbury 2024: How to watch, who is playing, when is it?

Glastonbury 2024: How to watch, who is playing, when is it?

Tickets for Glastonbury 2024 are sold out but music fans can enjoy the BBC’s most comprehensive coverage of acts such as Coldplay, SZA, and Dua Lipa.

The broadcaster’s coverage of the annual event will involve an unprecedented “six weeks of build-up and coverage from Monday 3 June – Sunday 14 July across TV, BBC iPlayer, radio and BBC Sounds”.

This will include a new Glastonbury Channel II providing a rolling stream of key daily moments.

“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,” BBC director of music Lorna Clarke said.

Here is what you need to know.

Dua Lipa has recently secured her second number one album and will headline Glastonbury 2024 (Ian West / PA Wire)
Dua Lipa has recently secured her second number one album and will headline Glastonbury 2024 (Ian West / PA Wire)

When will Glastonbury 2024 take place?

Glastonbury 2024 takes place between Wednesday, June 26, and Sunday, June 30, 2024.

The headliners will be last onto the iconic Pyramid stage on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Who is headlining Glastonbury 2024?

British singer Dua Lipa, indie band Coldplay, and American singer SZA were announced as the headliners in March.

Shania Twain will play the legends slot.

Also taking to the Pyramid Stage will be US rock band LCD Soundsystem, British rapper Little Simz, Nigerian singer Burna Boy, ’80s chart-topper Cyndi Lauper, and British soul star Olivia Dean.

US singer Janelle Monae, Mercury Prize winner Michael Kiwanuka, British singer-songwriter Paul Heaton, UK rock band Keane, British singer Paloma Faith, and Nigerian singer Ayra Starr are also among those performing on the main stage.

Coldplay, with lead singer Chris Martin, have headlined Glastonbury’s main Pyramid Stage four times; in 2002, 2005, 2011, and 2016 (Anna Barclay / PA Media)
Coldplay, with lead singer Chris Martin, have headlined Glastonbury’s main Pyramid Stage four times; in 2002, 2005, 2011, and 2016 (Anna Barclay / PA Media)

How to get tickets

Tickets went on sale in November and were snapped up within minutes, despite the cost rising to £360. All payments had to be made by April 7.

Resale tickets have now also sold out meaning that, unless you already have tickets, your best option is to watch or listen on the BBC.

How can I watch or listen to Glastonbury 2024?

From Monday, June 3, the BBC will begin its build-up to Glastonbury, including special broadcasts and highlights from yesteryear across TV, BBC iPlayer, radio and BBC Sounds.

BBC iPlayer will bring audiences more than 90 hours of live performances across the five main festival stages – Pyramid, Other, West Holts, Woodies, and The Park.

You can read more about the live streams here, while the BBC has also announced that on iPlayer it will have a Glastonbury Highlights Channel and a Classic Glastonbury Channel.

The BBC will also be hosting several one-off documentaries and interviews, such as Sidetracked by Glastonbury, where Annie Macmanus and Nick Grimshaw will speak to guests such as Shania Twain and Emily Eavis. Coldplay and Dua Lipa will share their festival memories in one-off documentaries.

The headline acts are traditionally shown live on BBC One on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.

This will include broadcasts on the traditional iPlayer Glastonbury channel, while an iPlayer stream from the Pyramid stage will also be available in sign language.

The full TV schedule from Saturday, June 22 until Friday, June 28 will be announced on Wednesday, June 12. The TV schedules from Saturday, June 29 until Friday, July 5 will be confirmed on Wednesday, June 19.

You can read more about the BBC’s TV (and radio) coverage, including presenters, here.

How many people go to Glastonbury?

Approximately 210,000 fans attended the 2023 event. This broke the official attendance record of 153,000 in 2002.

The largest number of visitors is thought to have been in 1994 when around 300,000 people attended – many of whom were gate-crashers.

More than 200,000 people attended Glastonbury 2023 (Ben Birchall / PA)
More than 200,000 people attended Glastonbury 2023 (Ben Birchall / PA)

Where is Glastonbury held?

Glastonbury is held on Worthy Farm, a 900-acre site in Pilton, Somerset, England, the equivalent of more than 500 full-size football pitches.

For more information, visit glastonburyfestivals.co.uk.