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Glastonbury: Gates open to festival – but rain could be on the way

The gates to this year’s Glastonbury Festival have opened – with revellers scrambling to find the best camping spots.

A brass band played as organiser Emily Eavis led the countdown for the start of the world-famous music event.

However, arriving alongside the army of campers at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, could be scattered showers, forecasters warn.

Emily Eavis opens the gates on the first day of the Glastonbury Festival. Pic: PA

Festival-goers have been told to expect “mostly warm, dry and settled” weather for the next five days.

But scattered showers could begin from day one and last until the end of the weekend, according to the Met Office.

People queue for entry on the first day of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Picture date: Wednesday June 26, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story SHOWBIZ Glastonbury. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
People queue for entry on the first day of the Glastonbury. Pic: PA

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As in previous years, there will be no amplified entertainment on Wednesday, with the main music stages not kicking off until Friday.

This year’s headliners include pop star Dua Lipa, British rock band Coldplay, and American singer Sza, while Canadian country star Shania Twain will play the coveted legends slot.

Other attractions at the 900-acre festival, include speeches, film screenings and Q&As, circus performances, and comedy sets.

Rock band Squeeze open the Pyramid Stage on Friday at midday, followed by rising star Olivia Dean, K-pop group Seventeen and singer Paul Heaton.

Later, PJ Harvey and LCD Soundsystem will warm up for Dua Lipa ahead of her main stage debut.

The 28-year-old star is expected to treat revellers to a selection of her hit songs, including Houdini and Training Season from her third studio album, Radical Optimism, released earlier this year.

On Saturday, the main stage will welcome Nigerian stars Femi Kuti and Ayra Starr, followed by US ’80s chart-topper Cyndi Lauper and rock band Keane.

Mercury Prize winner Michael Kiwanuka and British rapper Little Simz will play in the evening before Coldplay top the bill.

It will be the band’s first appearance since 2016 and make them the first act to headline Glastonbury five times.

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