Saturday 24 August 2019

In Pictures: Revellers arrive ahead of Glastonbury Festival

Stormzy, The Cure and The Killers are among hundreds of acts taking part at Worthy Farm in Somerset.

Fans make camp on the Glastonbury Festival site on Worthy Farm, Somerset (Yui Mok/PA)
Fans make camp on the Glastonbury Festival site on Worthy Farm, Somerset (Yui Mok/PA)

By Press Association reporters

More than 200,000 people are expected at Worthy Farm in Somerset for the return of the Glastonbury Festival.

The gates officially opened at 8am on Wednesday, with dry and warm weather forecast.

The five-day event will be headlined by Stormzy, The Killers and The Cure. Tickets sold out in just 36 minutes.

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Glastonbury is the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world (Yui Mok/PA)
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Festival stalwart Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim, said: ‘For four days we get to live a fantasy, Utopian existence’ (Aaron Chown/PA)
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Within hours of the gates opening for this year’s event, space was already at a premium in the campsite (Yui Mok/PA)
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Hundreds of people queued to get in early on Wednesday and claim their camping spot (Aaron Chown/PA)
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There is a mixed weather picture, with forecasters warning there could be severe storms during the latter part of the festival, with potential flooding (Yui Mok/PA)
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Only eight years of the festival – including the first Glastonbury in 1970 – have not seen any rain, and fans generally come well-prepared in waterproofs and wellies (Aaron Chown/PA)
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The festival is a favourite for families, and this couple had two young children in tow (Yui Mok/PA)
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Climate change and the environment is at the centre of this year’s festival, with several talks and debates planned across the site including an Extinction Rebellion procession on Thursday (Aaron Chown/PA)
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Some fans were laden with belongings to see them through the long weekend (Aaron Chown/PA)
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Attendees will also be among the first to trial the next-generation 5G network technology, with mobile operator EE erecting five temporary masts (Aaron Chown/PA
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Festival organiser Michael Eavis, right, was at the gates to welcome the fans into the ground (Aaron Chown/PA)
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Emily Eavis opened the new Parlay Parlour in The Park (Tom Leese/PA)

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