The BBC will air classic Glastonbury sets from Adele, David Bowie, Blur and The Rolling Stones in place of this year’s live coverage of the festival, which is one of the most high profile music events to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Glastonbury was due to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary this year with headline acts, including Paul McCartney, Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift, and Diana Ross.

The BBC has won universal praise for its excellent live coverage of Glasto, which usually takes place across the last weekend in June. 

However, the annual event at Worthy Farm in Somerset was cancelled last March. Irish festivals such as Forbidden Feuit, Electric Picnic, and All Together Now, have also been put in mothballs for 2020, with promotors hoping to return to the live arena next year. 

The BBC's Glastonbury Experience will be broadcast across the weekend of June 25th to 29th and will feature highlights from some of the biggest and best sets from the festival's history.

Among the sets been shown are Adele (2016), Coldplay (2016), David Bowie (2000) and Beyonce (2011), with performances by The Rolling Stones, Blur, Arctic Monkeys, Lady Gaga, PJ Harvey and more also lined up.

Three 90-minute live shows will take place on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the usual BBC Glastonbury presenters.