Enjoy the festival experience at home
Say goodbye mud, hello smug by doing Glastonbury at home this summer. All you need to do festival season from yours…
Festival season is almost upon us – an endless summer of live music ranging from the A-list Glastonbury and Reading to the folky Green Man and Latitude.
But buying festival tickets and train tickets to get there can be expensive (not to mention the cost of onsite refreshments). And that’s before we even mention the mud and rain of festivals past. Recreate Worthy Farm without leaving your sofa with our guide…
Master the BBC coverage
The Beeb does a great job of bringing Glastonbury to your home. Big-name presenters like Mark Radcliffe, Lauren Laverne and Jo Whiley work tirelessly across live TV, radio and online.
Some 18.9 million people saw some of the BBC’s coverage in 2015 so you’ll be in good company. And with Radiohead, the Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran there could be even more tuning in in 2017.
Choose a TV with headline picture quality
Headline slots at festivals are played from the early evening into the night. You want a TV that can handle the black night sky and flashing lights and the rich colours of sunset.
Both Samsung QLED TVs and LG OLED TVs offer excellent contrast – the difference between black and bright white. Both are also 4K resolution. We’re unlikely to see Glasto broadcast in 4K – but these TVs will give the HD picture a serious upgrade.
The night sky will look a deep, inky black on an OLED set with the flashing strobe lights in sharp contrast. Their ability to create blacks was even praised by NASA TV.
The QLEDs create impressive blacks too. But they’re more notable for their ability to create incredible levels of brightness – photo flashbulbs and strobes will look superb. Early evening sets with pink sunsets and colourful crowds will pop from the screen with 100% colour volume.
Big stages demand big screens
The Pyramid Stage is one of the world’s most iconic. You need a large screen TV to do it justice. The question is how big?
For an average size living room, 46 to 55-inch TVs will help you create a main stage atmosphere without dominating your room. If your living space is more hall than room why not go even bigger with a 65-inch set?
Did you know? Finding the right screen size is down to how far from the screen you’re sat – find out more with our guide
TV speakers are no rock ‘n’ roll stars
Era-defining anthems from rock ‘n’ roll legends deserve better than your TV speakers. As TVs have gotten thinner, the speakers inside have gotten smaller.
Beef up your TV speakers with a soundbar. Hear every crunching guitar riff and the echo of the drums in proper Stereo sound.
Soundbars from Sonos and Bose can be hooked up to wireless speakers around your home so you can pump the Foo Fighters’ set through into other rooms.
Taking the party outside
Mud and rain are standard fayre for festival season. But on the rare event the sun is shining gloriously both at Worthy Farm and your home, you don’t want to be cooped up inside all night.
With a portable wireless speaker and the BBC iPlayer Radio app on your phone you can take the party outside. You can stream music wirelessly from your phone to a speaker like the UE Boom 2. Hook up more than 1 Boom to create a bigger sound. And if the dreaded rain does arrive, no matter. The UE Boom is waterproof, baby.