June 30, 2013 12:30

The Rolling Stones at Glastonbury: 2.5 million watched on BBC TV

Some 1.4 million people tuned in to watch Arctic Monkeys play the Pyramid Stage on Friday (June 29)

The Rolling Stones at Glastonbury: 2.5 million watched on BBC TV

Photo: Richard Johnson/NME

A peak audience of 2.5 million people tuned in to BBC Two to watch The Rolling Stones' historic Glastonbury set on Saturday (June 29).

Official figures from the BBC said that 1.4 million people watched Arctic Monkeys' set at its height on Friday night (June 28). The BBC are streaming performances from the six main stages live online and have confirmed that one million unique visitors have watched their coverage during Friday and Saturday – up 87 per cent on 2011.

The Rolling Stones last night made their debut appearance at Worthy Farm on the Pyramid Stage on the second day of Glastonbury 2013. The set included 'Gimme Shelter', 'Paint It, Black' and 'Brown Sugar' and the encore included 'You Can't Always Get What You Want', where the band were joined by an all-female choir. They finished with '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction', at which point red ticker tape was released above the crowd.

Mumford and Sons will bring Glastonbury to a close tonight with their Pyramid Stage headline set. Other artists appearing today (June 30) include The xx, Smashing Pumpkins and Phoenix.

John Lydon will play live with Public Image Ltd, while Kenny Rogers will play Glastonbury's traditional Sunday afternoon legends slot. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Cat Power, Bobby Womack, First Aid Kit and Deap Vally also play.

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