Friday 24 November 2017

Sun shines on Glastonbury at last

U2 perform on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury
U2 perform on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury
Campaigners protest over U2's tax status at Glastonbury (AP)
Security staff and members of direct action group Art Uncut tussle as U2 perform at Glastonbury

Revellers will be welcoming a rare treat at mudbath Glastonbury - sunshine.

Coldplay, Elbow and Chemical Brothers are set to draw the biggest crowds as clouds disappear at last over the hills of Pilton, Somerset.

Temperatures could peak 25C as the 170,000-plus strong crowd gets a chance to ditch their waterproofs.

The likes of Wayne and Coleen Rooney will be keeping their wellies on, however, with locals saying it will take at least a month before the 900-acre site returns to normal.

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.

As Bono and his bandmates took to the Pyramid Stage, activists from direct action group Art Uncut inflated a 20ft balloon emblazoned with the message "U Pay Your Tax 2".

But as the campaigners tried to release it over the 50,000-strong crowd, a team of 10 burly security guards wrestled them to the ground before deflating the balloon and taking it away.

Activist Steve Taylor said: "The intervention was totally out of order. We were assured by Glastonbury in advance that there would not be an intervention."

A handful of U2 fans looked on open-mouthed and booed as the security guards swooped. Gary Noble, 45, from Eastbourne, said: "It was all a bit shocking. I love U2 but I think everyone should pay their taxes. The campaigners have a right to voice their opinion."

U2 rattled on through their array of smash hits regardless, with the only inconvenience for Bono being the rain fogging up his trademark sunglasses.

Press Association

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