How to watch Glastonbury 2023: tune into the biggest festival on the planet from anywhere

Glastonbury Pyramid stage
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At a glance

Elton John performing live

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When: 21-25 June
Where: Worthy Farm, Somerset, UK
Headliners: Arctic Monkeys, Guns N’ Roses, Elton John (Pyramid Stage); Wizkid, Lana Del Ray, Queens Of The Stone Age (Other Stage)
Watch in the UK: BBC iPlayer (free)
Watch outside UK: Express VPN 

Worthy Farm in Somerset, UK is currently abuzz with more than 200,000 music fans eagerly anticipating a jam-packed weekend of eclectic music and art. With headliners Elton John, Arctic Monkeys and Guns N’ Roses topping a bill that spans hundreds of bands, DJs and artists performing across countless stages, Glasto is by far the biggest event on the live music calendar. 

If you didn’t manage to get your hands on a ticket, or you prefer a flag-free view from the comfort of your lounge, the good news is that a large number of Glastonbury 2023 performances will be broadcast both online and on terrestrial TV. In this guide we’re going to help you work out how to watch Glastonbury 2023 from wherever you are in the world, and on whatever device you prefer.

It’s already been confirmed that you will be able to watch all three Pyramid Stage headliners this year; Arctic Monkeys on the Friday, Guns N’ Roses on the Sunday and Elton John closing the event on the Sunday.

Other acts being broadcast over the weekend - either as full performances or highlights - include Royal Blood, Warpaint, Becky Hill, Queens of the Stone Age, Fred again..., Hot Chip, Lizzo, Digga D, Wizkid, Stefflon Don, Kelis, Lewis Capaldi, Fatboy Slim, Jacob Collier, Leftfield, Blondie and… um, Rick Astley

You can also expect an all-but-confirmed set from Foo Fighters with newly-appointed drummer Josh Freese on the Pyramid stage, taking the slot of 'The Churnups'. Fingers crosse it will be broadcast.

How to watch Glastonbury 2023 in the UK

The easiest way to tune into some of the biggest performances across the weekend is via the BBC iPlayer where you can watch many of the performances live, or catch-up at your convenience. What’s more, iPlayer is totally free, you just need to sign up for an account and have a TV licence. iPlayer can be viewed on mobile devices via the app and on most smart TVs.

Terrestrial TV channels BBC One, Two, Three and Four will also be broadcasting the headliner sets alongside highlights from some of the other stages. You can watch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

How to watch Glastonbury 2023 outside the UK

If you live outside the US or you’re out of the country right now, you may be thinking you can’t watch your favourite artists perform this weekend, but you can! iPlayer can be accessed via the help of a VPN. These Virtual Private Networks are used to change the location of your IP address, therefore tricking the streaming service into thinking you are, in fact, viewing from the UK.

Right now, our VPN of choice is Express VPN, and they currently offer 3 months free when you sign up for an annual plan alongside a 30-day money back guarantee. Not sure where to start with a VPN? We have further guidance below.

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How to use a VPN

Got your VPN of choice downloaded? Here’s the three simple steps you need to follow to get it up and running ready to watch Glastonbury 2023 this weekend:

  1. Install your chosen VPN: Many VPNs, including Express VPN, are compatible with most devices you can think of, whether that’s your smartphone, tablet or laptop.
  2. Connect to an appropriate server: Within your VPN, select the appropriate location for the content you want to consume.
  3. Load up the service you want: Now you can login to BBC iPlayer scratch that Glastonbury itch!

Who’s playing Glastonbury 2023

Glastonbury Festival 2023 poster

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With hundreds of artists playing various stages across the festival site, trying to cram them all into the TV coverage is going to be tough, but here are some of the artists we're hoping will appear in the Glastonbury coverage over the weekend:

Friday, June 23
Arctic Monkeys, The Churnups, Chvrches, Pale Waves, Sparks, Steve Earle, The Damned, Cassyette and The Chemical Brothers.

Saturday, June 24
Guns N’ Roses, Lana Del Rey, Manic Street Preachers, Maggie Rogers, Rina Sawayama, Maneskin, Leftfield, Joanne Shaw Taylor and Miki Berenyi.

Sunday, June 25
Elton John, Blondie, Queens Of The Stone Age, Nova Twins, Japanese Breakfast, The Hu, Beth Orton, Caroline Polachek, Editors, Slowdive, Alison Goldfrapp and Toyah Willcox & Robert Fripp.

Head to the official Glastonbury website for a full list of artists and their stage times.

Can I watch any of last year’s performances?

Yes you can. The BBC’s current ‘road to Glastonbury’ offering includes highlight reels from the last every Glastonbury going back to 2013, alongside the fantastic 50th anniversary documentary which includes footage of Glasto through the ages, from Bowie to Billie.

Chris Barnes

I'm MusicRadar's eCommerce Editor. It's my job to manage the buyer's guides on MusicRadar and help musicians find the right gear and the best prices. I'm a guitarist and a drummer and I've worked in the music gear industry for 18 years, including 7 years as Editor of the UK's best-selling drum magazine Rhythm, and 5 years as a freelance writer working with many of the world's biggest musical instrument brands including the likes of Roland, Boss, MusicRadar and Natal.