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Sunday 17 December 2017

Jessie J hailed Glastonbury queen

Jessie J performing at Glastonbury with her leg in a cast
Jessie J performing at Glastonbury with her leg in a cast
U2 perform on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury
Campaigners protest over U2's tax status at Glastonbury (AP)

Jessie J has been hailed the new queen of Glastonbury after ignoring doctors' advice to skip the mudfest because of a broken leg.

The Essex signer performed through the pain of a double fracture as she appeared on a specially-made throne on the Other Stage.

Showing off her cast, she threw her uninjured leg in the air and shouted: "This is my diva dance."

Songwriter Jessie, who has won critical acclaim and a string of awards for her recent breakthrough on the pop scene, said medical experts had told her to stay away from the quagmire at Worthy Farm.

But she delighted the bumper crowd by declaring: "I had this mutual thing, my fans - I don't let them down." She joked: "I'm sitting down with you all dancing around - there's a little bit of me that thinks this is all boring."

Despite the injury, which she suffered during a fall several weeks' ago, fans said the catsuit-clad diva's act was one of the best at the festival this year.

Libby Gibson, 30, from Nottingham, added: "It's a shame she was scheduled on the Other Stage because this is definitely the best show so far. She's the one everyone will be talking about."

The performance came amid excitement over Glastonbury's worst-kept secret - that Pulp are set to be special guests on The Park Stage. Radiohead were the "surprise" act on the same stage on Friday night.

After three days of relentless rain, revellers at the sodden 900-acre site were soaking up the sunshine. Clouds disappeared over the hills of Pilton, Somerset, ahead of eagerly awaited gigs from Coldplay, Elbow and Chemical Brothers.

U2 made their long-awaited Glastonbury debut on Friday night to the delight of the band's loyal legion of fans. But violent scenes broke out early on as security guards foiled a protest against the Irish band's tax status.

Press Association

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