TV coverage is music to the ears' says TV Licensing

As the summer festival season gets under way this weekend, thousands will brave the vagaries of the British climate in a bid to catch a glimpse of their favourite band on a distant outdoor stage. For those who prefer their creature comforts, watching a summer of amazing live music festivals on TV may be the answer – as long as they are covered by a TV Licence.

Music fans will be able to enjoy hundreds of hours of live TV from some of the music calendar’s biggest festivals, including Glastonbury.

Stephen Farmer, spokesperson for TV Licensing, said it’s important people understand licensing requirements if they plan to watch live music events at home or on the move.

You don’t need to be in a field to enjoy your favourite band’s festival performance this summer. But if you’re watching it live on TV, live online, via a device such as a tablet, PC, games console or mobile phone, then you do need a TV Licence.

As revealed in TV Licensing’s TeleScope 2014 report, which recorded the latest trends in the UK’s media consumption, superfast broadband is now available to almost three-quarters of UK homes, up from 65 per cent in 2012. This, combined with a doubling of public Wi-Fi spots from 16,000 in 2012 to 32,000 in 2013, means live music lovers need never miss a beat, no matter where they are.

Your household Licence covers you to watch live TV on any mobile device away from home, as long as it is powered by internal batteries.

For those tempted to view some of the live performances at their workplace, TV Licensing has produced a Workplace Viewing Guide. This guide for businesses helps clarify where, when and how staff or customers can watch live TV at work.

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