Turn to Glastonbury Festival TV coverage to avoid bad weather, says TV Licensing

For music fans wanting to avoid rain and bad weather at a festival this year, watching your favourite band on TV could be a smart move, as long as you are covered by a TV licence.

The stay-at-homes are assured of remaining dry while over 135,000 visitors will be praying for good weather as they arrive at the Glastonbury festival, one of the highlights of this year’s music festival season.

Jason Hill, spokesperson for TV Licensing, said it’s important people understand when a licence is needed if they plan to enjoy live music events at home, on TV or on the move.

You don’t need to keep an eye on the weather forecast to discover new bands this summer, with extensive airtime planned for Glastonbury, T in the Park, Reading and Leeds festivals. If you’re watching festivals live on TV, online or your mobile, you’ll need a TV Licence, whether you are into reggae or rap.

A TV Licence is needed to watch or record any TV programme as it’s being shown on TV or an online TV service. The TV Licence for your home will cover you to watch live on any mobile device including a laptop, tablet or smart phone. For more information about when a licence is needed, visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk/info

Glastonbury revellers this year will be hoping the current forecast for rain proves wrong. According to data released from the Met Office, there have been 14 years with significant, higher-than-average rainfall since the festival began in 1971.

The worst year on record was 2005, when a month's rain fell in less than two hours, and 300 tents were washed away in floods that reached six feet in depth in places. A number of cases of ‘trench foot’ were also reported following the 2007 deluge.

Fair weather or foul, you will, however, be able to watch it all on the BBC, as viewers will have access to three BBC Red Button streams showing a range of acts at Glastonbury.

And, in addition to those streams, after 9.00pm each day viewers with access to BBC Red Button+ can catch the action live from six stages.

The BBC will be broadcasting around 30 hours of coverage across all TV channels, kicking off on BBC One on the Friday with The One Show’s Chris Evans and Alex Jones presenting their usual show live from Glastonbury at 7.00pm.

Over the weekend, viewers can expect to see performance highlights from some of the classic and contemporary acts on BBC Four, including Florence and the Machine and Paloma Faith, with programming starting from 8.30pm on Friday.

Scottish festival T in the Park begins on Friday 10 July, with coverage on BBC3, while Reading and Leeds coverage will begin on 28 August, also on BBC3.

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