How to watch Glastonbury 2017 live

All the music, none of the camping

With a stellar line-up and beautiful weather, this year’s Glastonbury looks set to be an unmissable event. Unfortunately not everyone that wants to go can be there in person, and that's where we come in. This guide will provide you with all the information you need to watch the highlights from the comfort of your own home.

The BBC is really going all out with its live streaming this year, with over one hundred performances from six stages being streamed online, on the iPlayer app, on TV and being broadcast on the radio. 

If you're setting yourself up with a little tent in your living room, warm beers, and face paint to get the full experience, you don't have long now. The music kicks off at 10:45am BST Friday 23rd on the Pyramid Stage. 

There are performances being broadcast from the world famous Pyramid Stage, the Other Stage, West Holts, John Peel Stage, Park Stage, and the BBC Music Introducing stage, so there’s something for everyone. 

With so many options, planning your home-festival experience can be a bit confusing, so we've put together a guide for how to choose what to watch and where. 

How to watch Glastonbury 2017 live on TV 

The coverage is being divided between two channels this year, BBC Two and BBC Four, with interactive Red Button support too. BBC Two will be broadcasting the big headline acts like Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran, while BBC Four will be showing groups like The National, The Jacksons, and Rag'N'Bone man's Glastonbury debut. 

For the full lineup of every act being broadcast on BBC Two and Four, check out the BBC's Episodes page.

The interactive Red Button functionality will be available on Sky, Virgin, freeview and freesat at the following times:

  • Friday 23 June 7.30pm-1.30am BST
  • Saturday 24 June 5.30pm-1am BST
  • Sunday 25 June 6pm-12am BST

The Red Button will give you the option to not only choose which stage you want to watch, but also start from the beginning of a set so you don't have to worry about missing the start of a set ever again. 

How to listen on the radio

This year Glastonbury is being covered by BBC Radio 1, 2, 3, 6, and 1Xtra. For all the information about what is going to be broadcast when, check out the BBC Media Centre site for descriptions of which DJ's are covering which stages. 

How to watch online

There are two ways to watch the festival online this year, either directly through the BBC Glastonbury website, which will have live footage broadcasting from all six of the stages listed above, or using BBC iPlayer which will have similar functionality, but with the additional ability to watch from the beginning of sets, and catch up on highlights from the weekend so far. 

There's also an active webcam from the festival so if you want the experience of being at the festival, you can watch the entire site, rather than a specific stage.

How to get it on your smartphone or tablet

You've got a couple of options for getting Glastonbury content on your smartphone or tablet: you can either watch the footage being broadcast over iPlayer, or you can listen to the broadcasts on the BBC Music app. 

In previous years the Glastonbury app was another way to watch online, but now it is more of a planning app. It's still very useful if you want to plan your viewing, but given that after logging in to iPlayer you can set specific shows as favorites, it is really more useful for people actually at the festival. 

You can download those apps here:

How to choose what to watch

With incredible acts ranging from Radiohead, to Katy Perry, to Barry Gibb, to Clean Bandit to The Jacksons, it can be a little overwhelming trying to figure out what you’re going to watch. Helpfully, the BBC has put together a Line Up page. 

Simply pick which date and stage you’re interested in and it will show you the times that different artists are playing those stages.

Alternately, click on the Artists tab, and you can search alphabetically for your favourite artist to find out when they are playing. 

Logging on

The free access to all of this content is based on the assumption that everyone logging on has paid their licence fee. Because of this, it does mean that only viewers in the UK are able to watch.

If you want the Glastonbury experience from another country, you can listen via BBC radio stations. You can find the full listings for what's being broadcast and when on the BBC's dedicated How to 'do' Glastonbury if you're not in the UK page. 

For those in the UK, accessing the content does require a login, but there is currently no way for BBC to connect an account to a licence fee, so all you need is an email address and postcode to start enjoying a weekend of brilliant music.