Paul McCartney at Glastonbury: BBC viewers confused as Beatles legend not shown in real time

Viewers at home have been puzzled as to why Paul McCartney’s Glastonbury set isn’t being shown in real time on the BBC.

The Beatles legend has already taken the stage for his headlining performance, which was due to start at 9:30pm. However, fans at home couldn’t tune in.

BBC is currently still broadcasting Noel Gallagher’s set. You can read The Independent‘s four-star rating of the Oasis star’s performance here.

McCartney will be broadcast on the BBC One and BBC iPlayer channels in Glastonbury at 10.30pm, an hour after he took the stage.

“I’m totally confused as to why you can see Paul McCartney 9:30 and I can’t see anything but fucking Liam Gallagher on the Glastonbury channel on iPlayer,” one person wrote on Twitter.

Another added: “No why isn’t Paul McCartney’s Glasto set being shown live when everyone else is doing it.”

“Why do we have to wait an hour to see Paul McCartney? Every other performance was live on iplayer […] nevertheless, as far as I can tell, you delayed this by an hour. Click on the pyramid stage live stream and it says [it] starts in an hour. Pretty annoying!” said someone else.

A fourth person wrote, “I hope there’s a really good reason we can’t see Paul McCartney live as it happens.”



The Independent has contacted a BBC representative for comment on the delay in coverage specifically for McCartney’s set.

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JOE HERNANDEZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JOE HERNANDEZ joined USTimeToday in 2022 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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