Glastonbury from afar (a sofa) - A DiS Guide to Online & TV Coverage
Ah, clean socks, mattresses, your own kettle... it's just like being at Glastonbury only a trillion times better.
We're guessing if you're reading this, it's probably from the comfort of your sofa, maybe with your feet up, BBC 6Music pumping in the background and Wimbledon flickering in the corner of your eye. You probably spent this morning rockin' a smug grin as you eyed photos of the puddles and mud in Somerset.
Anyway, here's our guide to help you get the best and digest the most of Glastonbury from the comfort of your living room this weekend.
Firstly, get your big camping backpack and head to a supermarket, load up on your favourite booze, marshmellows, fruit, Penguin bars, some Fruit Pastilles, giant bags of crisps, the most expensive burgers they sell, some (M&S) oven chips, plus some wet wipes and suntan oil for authentic smells. Once you've lugged all of that home and had a little work out in the process, start running a bath. Whilst it's running, hook your radio, tv and/or computer up to the best stereo 'n' speakers available, put on BBC 6Music, make yourself a ridiculous cocktail IN A GLASS (not a mug or flimsy plastic 'glass') and have a soak whilst meditating on the thought of our peers standing around in muggy cagoules as the heavens open.
Now that you've had a lovely hot bath (bubbles: optional) and your fingers 'n' toes have gone a little wrinkly, try some of these craft suggestions to turn your front room into a festival. Then, make yourself comfortable, flick open your laptop and bookmark/open the below pages in tabs so that you can technologically immerse yourself in what is and isn't happening at Glastonbury.
We're doing a few bits and pieces this weekend. There will be a Glastonbury from a Sofa blog by me (mostly including videos embedded of the best bits courtesy of the BBC), there's a special @drownedin for DiS-as-it-happens reviews 'n' twitpics 'n' links Twitter and each day Gary our In Photos editor will be compiling his best shots of the day - if you've not seen it already, Thursday at Glastonbury In Photos is here. Then, next week, Andrzej Lukowski will be doing a full DiS review. And of course, we're sure many of you will be starting and contributing to threads on the boards.
Find all our Glastonbury coverage at http://drownedinsound.com/lists/glastonbury.
As one of the official festival partners, The Guardian never fail to deliver the best online coverage of the festival. You can find it all compiled at guardian.co.uk/music/glastonbury. Their live Glastonbury Twitter feed is particularly good for an up-to-the-minute snapshot of what their journalists are upto and select artists are talking about.
The NME, have rather a lot of journalists down there, which means they are rather good at comprehensively reporting all the news (and non-news) from the site. They also have their lackeys posting all sorts of quick-fire blogs. You can find it all compiled at nme.com/festivals/glastonbury.
And last but not least, the BBC who win at covering Glastonbury on every level. Across multiple platforms and via all tentacles of the BBC, from TV to Talk Radio, they're going 'Glasto! Glasto! Glasto!' There are a few bottlenecks for this content, most notably this obvious webpage bbc.co.uk/glastonbury and via this BBC6MusicNews Twitter:
Obviously, there's also coverage on the tellybox, and the schedule looks a little like this:
7pm - 10pm on BBC Three including sets from Lady Gaga, Lily Allen and Ting Tings
9pm on BBC Four The Specials
10:05pm on BBC Two Highlights from Day 1 including Neil Young's set (this is also avalable in HD)
10:30pm - 12:30am on BBC Three sets from Doves and Bloc Party
4:20pm - 5:40pm on BBC Two Day Two Highlights, Part 1
8pm BBC Four Crosby, Stills and Nash
8:05pm - 12:30am on BBC Three including sets form Kasabian, Dizzee Rascal, Maximo Park and Franz Ferdinand
11:10pm - 2am on BBC Two Day Two Highlights, Part 2 including Bruce Springsteen (also available on BBC HD)
5pm-7pm on BBC Two Day Three Highlights, Part 1
7pm - 10pm on BBC Four live sets from Madness and Status Quo
10pm - 2am on BBC Two Day Three Highlights, Part 2 including Blur
Alternatively, check out this clever video widget which will update as new content becomes available...
Phew. Did we forget anything?
DiScuss: is it the same watching it on telly? Is it maybe a bit better for catching everything? What you looking forward to watching?
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