Earlier this month, we reported on UK broadcaster the BBC’s vision for “the first truly digital Glastonbury”, with plans to livestream the music festival’s six main stages later this month (Bulletin, 31-May-13). Now there’s more news on how fans who didn’t get a Glasto ticket will be able to watch from afar. Mobile operator EE has launched an official Glastonbury app for iOS and Android. Downloadable for free, it includes features for festivalgoers like a customisable schedule, interactive maps and news throughout the event. But for everyone else, the app will also livestream those six main stages as video feeds. This is thanks to a partnership with the BBC, so mobile users will be able to get the same feeds as TV viewers. It’s the latest example of the trend for festivals to spread their nets wide in terms of broadcasting live sets across the world, through their own apps, broadcaster partnerships and/or YouTube channels. Some rights wrangles remain – the Rolling Stones are reportedly refusing permission for their entire set to be broadcast – but for Glastonbury the combination of the Beeb’s on-demand coverage and EE‘s app is a big step on from previous years.

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