Glastonbury kicks off as huge crowd gathers in blazing sunshine for opening acts

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GLASTO is kicking off in style as teeming crowds gather in the blazing sunshine for today’s opening acts.

Festival-goers will enjoy highs of 30C today, as acts including Ms Lauryn Hill, Stormzy and Snow Patrol electrify music fans over the 900 acre Somerset site.

A woman dons an outlandish white scarf for the festival
A woman dons an outlandish white scarf for the festival
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Revellers grin and pose for a photo as they gear up for the music - starting tonight
Revellers grin and pose for a photo as they gear up for the music – starting today
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A couple grin in sunnies as they snap a photo together
A couple grin in sunnies as they snap a photo together
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The party atmosphere is already in full swing, despite the music not starting until tonight
The party atmosphere is already in full swing at Worthy Farm’s 900 acre site
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Thousands of people have descended on the festival this week to lap up the summer music
Thousands of people have descended on the festival this week to lap up the summer music
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One reveller embraces the festival aesthetic, wearing glitter on her face
One reveller embraces the festival aesthetic, wearing glitter on her face
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One girl in a matching pink outfit poses with friends in equally bright and colourful pairings
One girl in a matching pink outfit poses with friends in equally bright and colourful pairings
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One woman donned a flower crown to get into the festival spirit
One woman donned a flower crown to get into the festival spirit
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Music lovers have flocked to Glastonbury to see music acts including Stormzy
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Music lovers have flocked to Glastonbury to see music acts including Stormzy[/caption]

One man appears to already be exhausted from the activities, seen lying on the ground
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One man appears to already be exhausted from the activities, seen lying on the ground[/caption]

A woman in a bright pink wig beams for a photo
A woman in a bright pink wig beams for a photo
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One man passionately bangs his head as he watches the Vaccines open the music on the Other Stage
One man passionately bangs his head as he watches the Vaccines open the music on the Other Stage
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Revellers have had two days to get into the groove at Worthy Farm before music officially started today.

They kept busy – and were yesterday spotted stripping off to beat the heat – even embracing an impressive makeshift slip and slide to cool off.

Hot air from Europe is sweeping into the UK bringing a blistering heatwave – as forecasters warn festiver-goers to take care in the heat.

Met Office forecasters have warned of a “danger to life” African heatwave approaching – as temperatures across the UK could hit 33C over the weekend.

A Met Office health advice page warned: “Healthcare services will be working to ensure readiness and swift action to reduce harm from a potential heatwave.

“Heatwaves can be dangerous, especially for the very young or very old or those with chronic disease.”

FRIDAY FEVER

Pyramid Stage

  • Stormzy 22:15 – 23:45
  • George Ezra 20:15 – 21:15
  • Ms. Lauryn Hill 18:00 – 19:15
  • Bastille 16:15 – 17:15
  • Sheryl Crow 14:30 – 15:30
  • Tom Odell 13:15 – 14:00
  • Bjorn Again 11:45 – 12:45

Other Stage

  • Tame Impala 22:15 – 23:45
  • Two Door Cinema Club 20:15 – 21:15
  • Snow Patrol 18:30 – 19:30
  • The Lumineers 17:00 – 18:00
  • Mac Demarco 15:30 – 16:30
  • The Wombats 14:00 – 15:00
  • Mø 12:30 – 13:30
  • The Vaccines 11:00 – 12:00

John Peel Stage

  • Interpol 22:30 – 23:45
  • Pale Waves 21:00 – 22:00
  • Aurora 19:30 – 20:30
  • RosalíA 18:00 – 19:00
  • Pond 16:30 – 17:30
  • Sam Fender 15:15 – 16:00
  • Goat Girl 14:00 – 14:45
  • Mahalia 12:45 – 13:30
  • Pip Blom 11:30 – 12:15

The Park Stage

  • Cat Power 23:00 – 00:15
  • Michael Kiwanuka 21:15 – 22:15
  • Idles 19:45 – 20:45
  • Soak 18:15 – 19:15
  • King Princess 16:45 – 17:45
  • Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real 15:15 – 16:15
  • Georgia 14:00 – 14:45
  • Steam Down 12:45 – 13:30
  • Lankum 11:30 – 12:10

Acoustic Stage

  • Nick Lowe’s Quality Rock & Roll Revue Starring Los Straitjackets 21:30 – 22:45
  • The Mavericks 20:00 – 21:00
  • Eric Bibb 18:30 – 19:30
  • Gabrielle Aplin 17:25 – 18:10
  • Michael Eavis…..Explains All 16:25 – 17:20
  • Julie Felix 15:25 – 16:15
  • Lucy Rose 14:30 – 15:10
  • Grace Petrie 13:40 – 14:20
  • Rob Green 12:55 – 13:25
  • Ryan Mcmullan 12:00 – 12:40

 

 

On Saturday, Liam Gallagher, Janet Jackson and Hozier will take to the Pyramid Stage, while, Vampire Weekend and Miley Cyrus will perform there on Sunday.

Stormzy is headlining tonight, with The Killers and The Cure taking the top spots for the rest of the weekend at the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world.

Standard tickets for this year’s event sold out in just 36 minutes.


Grahame Madge, a Met Office spokesman said: “The gusty conditions we’ve forecast may create a false impression of UV levels.

“It’s important to be aware of the high levels and take action, including applying protection and wearing a hat and sunglasses.”

The Met Office has issued a Level 2 alert for the south-west, including Glastonbury, with temperatures set to top 30C over the coming three days.

A reveller cools down on a makeshift waterslide on Thursday to cool down
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