Returning for the first time since 2019, the greatest musical spectacle on Earth returns today, as Glastonbury kicks off.
Thousands of fans have pitched their tents, but wheelchair viewers can enjoy the action too – and without having to brave the mud.
With an exceptional range, there is something for everyone.
Wolf Alice rose to the occasion in front of large crowds and is sure to draw one to the Pyramid stage this afternoon. . . if they can get back from Los Angeles in time, their original return flight having been cancelled. Hoping they do: The Last Man On Earth, from last year’s album Blue Weekend, is a Worthy Farm anthem in the making (4:45 p.m., TSWT iPlayer).
They always take the weather with them, and revelers are hoping the Down Under rockers bring sunny skies to the Pyramid Stage today (8pm, BBC4). Frontman Neil Finn, fresh off touring with Fleetwood Mac, has turned Crowded House into a family affair, with his sons Liam and Elroy by his side on guitar and drums. Hits such as Don’t Dream It’s Over are full of melodious nostalgia.
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
Glastonbury’s Michael Eavis may never get his wish to see Led Zeppelin on the Pyramid Stage, but former frontman Robert Plant should at least stream some Zep classics when he resumes his partnership with bluegrass star Alison Krauss ( 8:30 p.m., BBC4). Plant recently sang Rock And Roll and The Battle Of Evermore. Krauss’ otherworldly voice is a thing of beauty.
Returning for the first time since 2019, the greatest musical spectacle on Earth returns today, as Glastonbury kicks off
After winning the Mercury Prize last year with her dazzling debut album, Collapsed In Sunbeams, the Hammersmith songstress can rightfully perform on the Park Stage (9.30pm, BBC4). Parks’ sensitive and poetic songs explore maturity and unrequited love.
At 20, the California pop icon will become the youngest solo artist to headline Glastonbury (10 p.m., BBC2). She’s unlikely to be intimidated, having delivered a triumphant set – wearing a loose two-piece outfit designed by Stella McCartney – on her first visit in 2019. Expect whispered vocals, laid-back beats . . . and a hit Bond theme in No Time To Die.
At 20, the California pop icon will become the youngest solo artist to headline Glastonbury (10 p.m., BBC2)
Sam Fender’s unbridled enthusiasm makes him one of this year’s rising stars (12 midnight, BBC3), while American R&B duo TLC are set to unleash a single when they play Waterfalls (iPlayer, 5:30 p.m.). Scandi-pop sensation Sigrid is a powerful singer (7 p.m., BBC3), and rapper Little Simz mixes sharp lyrics with funky, vibrant arrangements (10.30 p.m., BBC3).
After seducing fans by singing What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong, backed by Hollywood composer Hans Zimmer, during the Queen’s Jubilee concert, Celeste should return to Glastonbury in stride (7 p.m., BBC4). Barnstorming ballads are the forte of a British-Jamaican star who grew up listening to Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone.
Occupying the same spot as his brother Liam three years ago – main backing band on the Pyramid stage – Noel Gallagher makes his Glastonbury solo debut just hours before his hero Paul McCartney takes the stage. Supported by the High Flying Birds, he should mix solo material with the classics of Oasis Supersonic and Don’t Look Back In Anger (9 p.m., BBC2).
The crown jewel of this year. After knocking the house down during his previous visit in 2004, Sir Paul McCartney takes pop’s biggest catalog of songs to the Pyramid Stage a week after his 80th birthday (BBC1, 10:30 p.m.). Beatles classics Can’t Buy Me Love, Get Back and Hey Jude are all live mainstays, alongside Wings Band hits On The Run and Live And Let Die.
The crown jewel of this year. After demolishing the house during his previous visit in 2004, Sir Paul McCartney takes the biggest catalog of pop songs to the Pyramid Stage a week after his 80th birthday.
One of the stars of the kitchen disco phenomenon, Ware is finally bringing his dance fantasy, What’s Your Pleasure?, to the UK’s biggest stages (11pm, iPlayer). Plagued by sound problems, his disastrous appearance at the American Coachella festival in 2018 was a low point in his career. This weekend should be more enjoyable for the sophisticated south Londoner.
Yorkshire indie-folk singer Rebecca Lucy Taylor wanted to “do pop” on her own terms when she took on alter-ego Self Esteem. She’ll provide big backing vocals and thunderous drumming when she takes to the John Peel Stage (3:15 p.m., iPlayer), while fans of emotional pop ballads can enjoy former Disney Channel starlet Olivia Rodrigo (7 p.m., BBC1) and UK’s Holly Humberstone (8 p.m., BBC3).
The coveted Legends teatime slot will see the former Supremes singer, 78, follow in the footsteps of Dolly Parton and Kylie, who both drew huge crowds (6.45pm, BBC1). In terms of the quality and elegance of the sequins, however, the real model here is Shirley Bassey’s appearance in 2007, when the leading lady of British showbiz arrived in boots and a feathered pink ballgown.
Despite Noel Gallagher’s outrage at headlining Jay-Z in 2008 – “I don’t have hip-hop in Glastonbury, that’s wrong”, he said – rap has become the cornerstone of Worthy Farm, with Kanye West and Stormzy headlining. This year’s star attraction is Pulitzer Prize-winning Kendrick Lamar, who will bring lyrical dexterity and eclectic musical perspective to the Pyramid Stage (9.30pm, BBC2).
Pet Shop Boys
After joining The Killers on stage in 2019, Britain’s most successful synth duo return in their own right to headline The Other Stage (10pm, BBC4). Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe will bring funny humor, pointy hats and hits such as West End Girls. Expect an appearance from Years & Years’ Olly Alexander on It’s A Sin.
Showing youngsters like McCartney and Ross how it’s done, 82-year-old American jazz great Herbie Hancock should delight the Pyramid Stage (8 p.m., BBC4), while Kacey Musgraves’ “Galactic Country” is well worth a listen (also 8 p.m., BBC4). Lorde will deliver her sunny pop (iPlayer, 7:30 p.m.), while Elbow’s One Day Like This, another Jubilee hit, always guarantees hearty vocals (iPlayer, 5:45 p.m.).