THE GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL BROADCASTER, RECORDING AND INTERNET POLICY 2024
Glastonbury Festival welcomes media interest in our unique event and we do try to accommodate media coverage wherever possible. However, the Festival does have a media access policy and we would be grateful if you could consider the below before suggesting any proposals to the Festival.
Historically, these policies were aimed primarily at media and filming crews. More recently, the proliferation of personal recording equipment (smartphones, handheld digital cameras etc) has meant that these policies will apply to many more people attending the Festival, including but not limited to media, artists and their teams, traders, stages and venues at the Festival and the Festival’s suppliers. Ticket holding members of the public are required to adhere to the Festival’s Public Video Camera Policy /information/media/public-video-camera-policy/
As with previous years, filming and the recording of audio and/or audio visual material access will be limited and we also restrict the number of film crews on site to protect the privacy and enjoyment of festival goers.
The Glastonbury Festival host broadcaster is BBC television, radio and online. The BBC are the Festival’s multi-media broadcast partner in the United Kingdom. BBC Worldwide are our international television distribution partners.
Glastonbury Festival owns various trademarks, for example the Glastonbury logos and the words ‘Glastonbury’ and ‘Glastonbury Festival’ are registered UK and European Trade Marks (“Glastonbury Trademarks”) and in most circumstances may not be used without our express written permission.
You may not film or record on site without the Festival’s official permission. For requests for filming or other audio and/or audio visual media activities (including without limitation podcasting and/or recording of shortform video for social media) (collectively referred to below as “Recording”) or for News accreditation the first contact should be with the Festival Press Office.
We will only consent to specific requests for Recording where both the nature of the Recording and the end use of any recordings are agreed by us in advance.
Each request will be looked at on a case-by-case basis and may be granted or refused in the Festival’s sole discretion, but before making any requests, please note for general guidance the following applies:
Our exclusive multimedia broadcast partners are BBC Television and BBC Radio (6 Music and Radios 1 and 2). We grant certain exclusive rights to the BBC, and BBC Television and BBC Radio have the exclusive right to film and record performances at the Festival, and film the Pyramid Stage, the Other Stage, The West Holts (Jazz World) Stage, The Park and the Woodsies Stage. The BBC also record and film the BBC Introducing Stage.
In addition BBC TV provides general broadcast reportage for the Festival. Radio coverage over the Festival weekend and after the Festival is on 6Music, Radio 1, Radio 2, 1Xtra, and Radio 5 Live. TV coverage is live on BBC2, with concert specials on BBC4. There is also extensive coverage on the BBC’s iPlayer and its other digital media channels. .
No live web content from the Festival is permitted. The Festival’s own website is at www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk. The BBC Glastonbury website is at www.bbc.co.uk/glastonbury.
The Festival’s Worthy FM radio station broadcasts live on-site to the Festival and online.
You cannot undertake any form of Recording or photography on-site for commercial purposes without our express permission.
The Festival facilitates news access through the Press Office. We will only accredit bona fide news companies who wish to provide news coverage of the Festival for television, radio or new media. If you have a specific non-news project such as a documentary programme or a magazine programme, please contact the Press Office with a brief synopsis and details of your commission.
Any filming on-site must be for news use only and not for archive or any other use. The following news access rules will apply for any material used by broadcasters: (a) If we can provide access to performance material then up to 30 seconds of any one artist may be used (b) No more than 2 minutes of “Glastonbury” related footage (performance or otherwise) can be used in total (c) This news use right is granted for no more than 7 days for both news and magazine programmes from the last day of the Festival. This may be archived on the internet for up to 30 days.
No one may transmit, broadcast or communicate any live audio- or audio-visual images from the Glastonbury Festival site without the Festival’s prior written approval (such approval will in any event be subject to the time constraints set out in the preceding paragraph). This includes internet, social media or otherwise making available to the public in any medium. No one may transmit or facilitate the casting of text messages and/or other material (or via bluetooth or “airdrop” or other similar technology) to mobile phones either to mobile users on-site or to mobile users off-site without the prior written permission of The Festival.
OTHER BROADCASTERS AND RECORDING
As a general principle, the fewer film crews the better! We are sensitive to all of the people who come to the Festival who are there to enjoy themselves. We will also not allow any projects to go ahead which might derogate from the rights we have granted to our Official Partners or which may affect our broadcast partners or which might impact on our ethical policies. We will consider projects provided they can meet the following criteria:
4.1 No live performances may be recorded without the Festival’s express prior permission. Even in the rare circumstance of being granted you will usually need the artist’s and where relevant their record label’s permissions as well.
4.2 Crews must be kept to a minimum and be sensitive to the Festival public and their privacy. You must have full public and employers liability insurance and where requested to do so by us you must provide us with a copy of your certificate of insurance in advance of Recording (email to firstname.lastname@example.org).
4.3 Any rights granted would normally only be for the specific programme and the transmissions/broadcasts proposed to the Festival. No archive use will be allowed. We normally require a copy of any programme for our own archive (on such formats as we may request). A facility/location fee is normally payable for Recording on-site.
4.4 You cannot include any Recordings or footage in any sponsored programme or in any form of advertising (including without limitation social media posts by or on behalf of any commercial enterprise). You may not use the Glastonbury Trademarks without further permission. We will take appropriate action, including legal action, to protect our name, image, reputation and goodwill, and our copyrights.
4.5 If you are a performer, any Recording whether for a documentary or other programme, or within a promotional video, needs specific approval and any commercial use such as DVDs or CDs or downloads needs to be approved and a commercial agreement reached with the Festival for such commercial use.
4.6 the Festival’s current policy is to not approve any requests for podcasting or similar activities on the Festival site, please also note that such recordings (regardless of where recorded) may also be prohibited in the event they contravene 4.4 above.
Recording for any purpose is restricted or prohibited in certain areas: family camping areas; children’s areas; welfare and medical areas; security and police compounds; the Acoustic Tent; all shared artiste compounds and artiste catering. The use of drone cameras (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) is strictly prohibited over the Festival site.
You should only Record in camping areas with the permission of those you are Recording and when it does not inconvenience others, or interfere with their privacy or enjoyment. In particular, we request that media outlets do not conduct “voxpops” or other interviews with Festival goers.
Archive television programmes and current television specials are distributed by BBC Worldwide and can be seen as far afield as New Zealand, China, Brazil, Canada and the USA. BBC Radio International sends special radio programmes all around the world.
The BBC and Glastonbury Festival will produce a 1 hour and 5 hour ‘Highlights’ programme after the Festival for broadcasters around the World. The licensing of these programmes will be managed by BBC Worldwide. Please Contact the relevant person listed here https://sales.bbcstudios.com/contact
ARCHIVE CLIP FOOTAGE
Glastonbury has been filmed for television broadcast since 1994.
BBC Television took over the coverage in 1997 and has filmed the Festival ever since. The Festival now has an archive of hundreds of full sets.
Priority access to the Festival’s archive is granted to a performer’s record label or band management. Discounted rates are provided (including gratis use for artist’s own EPK and promotional use). All other broadcasters and content providers (including internet, online, social media etc) are expected to negotiate a standard commercial licence with the Festival.
All clip license requests should be directed to email@example.com. The Licensor in all instances will be Glastonbury Festivals Limited (Company number 02737866). We would normally expect an onscreen credit when material is licensed and used (‘from the Glastonbury Festival’)