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Rocket Man: BBC iPlayer viewers stream Glastonbury 47.5 million times

Sir Elton John's appearance on the Pyramid Stage on Sunday was streamed 4.3 million times

BBC iPlayer has reported record-breaking audiences for its coverage of this year’s Glastonbury.

According to the BBC, viewers streamed sets and Glastonbury programming from Worthy Farm a record 47.5 million times, up 49 per cent on the year before.

The Glastonbury live channel proved the most popular – with Sir Elton John’s appearance on the Pyramid Stage on Sunday was streamed 4.3 million times. Saturday’s live channel came second, with 3.8 million streams.

Elton’s set on Sunday night on BBC One received the biggest ever overnight audience for a Glastonbury set, said the BBC, with a 5 min peak overnight audience of 7.6 million and average of 7.3 million / 48.9% share.

Lorna Clarke, director of Music said: “This year audiences got to enjoy an unbeatable range of performances from this iconic festival wherever and whenever they wanted to. It’s fantastic that record numbers streamed our content – a whopping 50.3 million times on BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds – as people got to witness the range and breadth of what took place at Worthy Farm over the weekend.

“From headliner sets to live shows and specially curated content, our new Glasto-Cam and the BSL stream, we had something for everyone, brilliantly brought to audiences by our skilful teams.”