Last year’s fallow summer on Worthy Farm left the BBC looking slightly denuded – in fact, it’s just as well they had the Olympics to pass the time. But Glastonbury is back and, as usual, the Beeb is rolling out the red (button) carpet. Tonight, look out for festi-favourite Dizzee Rascal (9pm,BBC3), preceded by Professor Green (8pm) and Jake Bugg and Rita Ora (7pm). Over on BBC2, there’s a highlights package at 10pm followed by live coverage of the Arctic Monkeys’ headline set at 11pm. And hang around for a glimpse of Portishead, Chic, the Horrors and Sinead O’Connor, although disco lovers will be able to catch the whole of Chic’s set over on BBC4 at 11.05pm.
On Saturday, we begin at 4pm on BBC2, but the real action is over on BBC3 where there’ll be a chance to see Laura Mvula and Noah and the Whale (7pm), Ben Howard and Maverick Sabre (8pm), Two Door Cinema Club and Example (9pm) and Chase and Status (10.30pm). BBC4, meanwhile, offers the mighty Public Enemy at 10.55pm.
Had enough yet? Of course you haven’t. On Sunday at 5pm, BBC2 begins by paying homage to the wacky Sunday afternoon slot, which this year features Kenny Rogers. Then, at 10pm, it’s the turn of chubby-faced chancers Mumford & Sons to fill the Pyramid Stage with their unique brand of ersatz, green-welly folk. BBC3’s a much better bet, featuring Vampire Weekend and Jessie Ware (8pm), Editors and Lianne La Havas (9pm) and The xx (10pm). And back on BBC2, the post-Mumford vacuum will be filled by the gushings of Mark Radcliffe, Jo Whiley, Gemma Cairney et al as they contemplate the highs and lows of the weekend. A long haul but, based on the long-range weather forecast, it’s about now that you’ll thank your lucky stars you didn’t get a ticket.