Dua Lipa and Coldplay set to make history at Glastonbury with BBC announcement

Dua Lipa’s performance will be the first ever to be streamed globally by the BBC (Picture: Cindy Ord/Getty Images for TIME)

Headliners Dua Lipa and Coldplay have already been causing a stir this year for Glastonbury but they’re also set to make history.

Glasto 2024 kicks off on Wednesday, June 26 with thousands of music lovers arriving at Worthy Farm to see the acts along with fellow headliner Sza, Sunday Legends performer Shania Twain, and more.

From Shangri-La to the Pyramid Stage to Stonebridge Bar, any lucky ticket-holder can take their pick of the performances.

For British fans not fortunate enough to land tickets, they’ve been able to watch along at home with popular gigs broadcast via the BBC both on the TV and on iPlayer.

This year, for the first time ever, international music fans will be able to watch Dua Lipa and Coldplay’s sets on the relaunched BBC.com website.

‘The Glastonbury Festival is an icon of British culture, and this livestream will give fans around the globe a front-row seat to headline performances like never before,’ shared Tara Maitra, Chief Commercial Officer at BBC Studios.

She and Coldplay will be headlining the Pyramid Stage this weekend (Picture: Matt Jelonek/WireImage)

Since 1997, a particularly muddy Glasto, the BBC has been broadcasting clips from the iconic festival.

It has so far only been viewable to those in the UK but now the Friday and Saturday headliners will be worldwide.

Tara continued: ‘This is just the latest example of our focus on bringing more cultural-defining moments like Glastonbury to fans on our platforms outside the U.K. so users can experience the best of British culture wherever they may be.’

Lorna Clarke, BBC Director of Music added: ‘At the BBC, we bring Glastonbury to you, and we’re incredibly proud of our coverage. It enables millions of people to access the magic of Emily and Michael Eavis’ festival each year.

The BBC have been broadcasting Glasto for 27 years(Picture: Jim Dyson/Redferns)

‘The global streams of Dua Lipa and Coldplay’s performances are another exciting addition to our offer, allowing us not only to unite music fans across the country but across the world with the opportunity to experience these world-class performances as they happen.’

For now, it is only two of the three headliners, it’s unknown why US star Sza won’t get the same treatment.

Sza bore the brunt of naysayers complaining about the line-up this year, with complaints that she wasn’t a big enough name.

Fellow performer Caity Baser defended the Kill Bill hitmaker, telling Metro.co.uk everyone needs to ‘chill out’ and if they’re that mad then just ‘don’t go’.

Sza’s closing show won’t be broadcast globally (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

‘I don’t care [who is playing] like I’m going to go and enjoy. Also, Sza, what? She’s been my number one listened-to artist since I was like 12.

‘I love her so much! And Coldplay? What do you mean? It’s Shania Twain. What more do you want?’

One act has already had to cancel a performance though as 00s group Groove Armada’s Stonebridge Bar set was cut due to crowd concerns.

Glastonbury wrote on X: ‘To ensure that @GrooveArmada’s many fans can enjoy the duo’s DJ sets at this year’s Festival, their performance in the lower-capacity Stonebridge Bar on Thursday night can now not take place.’

The group will perform at the Glade on Sunday, which is a much larger space.

Dua Lip’s set will be broadcast Friday 28th June from 5-6.45pm EST (11pm-12.45am CEST) and Coldplay’s gig is on Saturday 29th June from 4.45-6.45pm EST (10.45pm-12.45am CEST).

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