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Sun comes out as 135,000 music fans hit Glastonbury

Rocker Liam Gallagher kicked off three days of music at Glastonbury Festival yesterday, cheered on by mud-splattered revellers glad to see the skies clear after 18 hours of rain.

In one of the worst-kept secrets of the 2013 festival, Gallagher and his band Beady Eye opened the day at 11am from one of 58 stages scattered across a sprawling 900-acre site at Worthy Farm in rural southwest England.

Despite vowing never to play at Glastonbury again after criticising the event in 2004, the former Oasis frontman kicked off an hour-long set with Flick Of The Finger and pulled out crowd pleasers like Morning Glory.

"It's never too early for a bit of rock'n'roll aggro, is it?" a black-clad Gallagher told the heaving crowd, watched off stage by his partner Nicole Appleton and sons Lennon and Gene.

Other acts on the bill yesterday included Sinead O'Connor, Dizzee Rascal, Rita Ora, and headliners Arctic Monkeys, while the year's main act, the Rolling Stones, will play today and folk rockers Mumford & Sons tomorrow.

More than 135,000 fans descended on the farm located about 210km southwest of London for Britain's largest music festival.

Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins was among the celebrities backstage enjoying the entertainment, which over the weekend includes music of all genres, from hip hop to chanting monks, and surprising choices like US country star Kenny Rogers.