EE to trial 5G at this year's Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury will make history as the first UK festival to have 5G-connectivity. Credit: PA images

Festival-goers will be able to use 5G for the first time at this year's Glastonbury Festival in a trial from network operator EE.

It will be the first time the technology has been used at a festival and will give people the chance to experience internet speeds up to double that of 4G.

Five temporary masts will be installed across Worthy Farm, making it the UK's first ever 5G-connected festival.

A 4G hotspot at Glastonbury Festival in 2016. Credit: PA images

Mobile network operator EE is predicting a record amount of data to be used during the four-day event from 26 June.

With more than 200,000 people attending it expects more than 70 terabytes to be used - which equates to 784 million posts on social media app Instagram.


Estimated number of people attending this year's Glastonbury Festival

70 TB

Predicted amount of data (terabytes) that will be used


Estimated number of Instagram posts from the festival

Smartphones have become a festival must-have as we've seen each year with more and more data being consumed at Glastonbury Festival. As the long-standing technology partner to this iconic event, we are committed to building a network powerful enough to cope with this huge demand.

Pete Jeavons, EE and BT marketing and communications director

EE will also sell power bars at the festival for £20. Once these are out of battery festival-goers can swap them for another one, free of charge.

The mobile network operator predicts around 784 million pictures will be posted on Instagram this year. Credit: PA images

Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis said:

We're extremely pleased to have EE back again, providing the best possible network for our rural site. It's great that we're going to be one of the first places in the UK to offer 5G.

Emily Eavis

The festival returns this year with acts including Stormzy, Kylie Minogue, Miley Cyrus and The Killers.