BABYMETAL at Download Festival UK 2018 (photo from Upset Magazine)

Glastonbury and BBC announced today the broadcast plans for this year’s edition. It will be transmitted live over TV, radio (or BBC Sounds app), and the internet. On TV, BABYMETAL’s stage will be on BBC Four (highlights), and on the internet, the stage will be broadcast in full by BBC’s iPlayer. Sadly all of these methods are limited to the UK.

Nowhere does it explicitly say that BABYMETAL will be on the transmission, but going by this:

Performances on the Pyramid, Other, John Peel, Park and West Holts stages will be streamed live all weekend on iPlayer, with highlights available for 30 days after broadcast.

We’ll bring you the Pyramid, Other, West Holts, John Peel and Park stages live across five streams at the following times:

Friday 28th June – 13.15 – 00.15
Saturday 29th June – 13.15 – 00.15
Sunday 30th June – 12.15 – 23.30


They will be streaming at the stage and during the time BABYMETAL plays. It would appear BABYMETAL’s full set is likely to be transmitted. But caution as also:

On occasion an act may not wish to be filmed or recorded. Artists may also agree to be recorded but only allow a limited number of songs to be aired. This could be for a number of reasons for instance: the quality of some parts of the performance, because they do not wish to broadcast new or unreleased material, or they do not want to broadcast their entire live set.


So it would not be weird for BABYMETAL to not want the full, as they did last year for Download festival (as they are selling it now in a Blu-ray bundle).

Another thing mentioned in the announcement is:

…with broadcasts available on on the newly launched app, featuring a mix of interviews, live shows, headline sets and backstage moments.


Given BABYMETAL’s last 2 years, it’s unlikely that they will give an interview or a backstage moment (the Kami band could appear), but one can dream.

Sources: Glastonbury, BBC, and Glastofestfeed.


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