Glastonbury revellers descend on Worthy Farm as heatwave replaces usual washout

It has been 730 days since Glastonbury took place, after the iconic festival took a fallow year in 2018.

But thousands of music fans have now descended on Worthy Farm, despite headliners not kicking off until Friday.

Michael Eavis officially opened the festival, as the Glastonbury Twitter account wrote: ‘GATES ARE OPEN! Have an amazing time everyone. And please look after the land and each other.’

Revellers were in Somerset bright and early to set up camp as the Glasto gates opened at 8am on Wednesday, 26 June – and for once, they weren’t kicking off the long weekend in the mud.

An impressive crowd gathered at the gates as they prepared for them to open, in order to get the best tent spots and start off their weekend right, as many were pictured carting wheelbarrows full of supplies into the festival.

Armed with sleeping bags, backpacks and bags for life bursting at the seams, those lucky enough to snap up tickets beamed at the cameras as they entered following a lengthy wait outside.

Many were clever enough to bring their pop up chairs to start the fun early, although some chose to fill their queuing time with a nap. We like their style.

And then there were the party animals who chose to seriously get the party started, as beer bongs were whipped out in the queue pre-8am.

We’re not saying that’s a hangover waiting to happen, but that’s a hangover waiting to happen.

However, our favourite reveller was one-year-old Andre Bell, who was ready to party in style with his mum Cristina as he showed us all up in a tropical themed hat.

While the weather for this weekend is much more promising than it has been in recent years, everyone remained sensible and brought their raincoats and wellies along for the occasion.

The Met Office said it would be a fairly dry but cloudy start for the festival, with highs of 22 degrees expected in Somerset.

But things are set to get better as a predicted heatwave is expected to hit this weekend.

Temperatures are set to reach 30 degrees on Saturday in the UK, while Friday could be the hottest day at Glasto, with the South West temperature expected to reach the high 20s.

This could rival 2017’s edition of the festival, which saw the Wednesday rank as the hottest day in the event’s history with highs of 31C.

Glasto is known for being plagued with rain and mud, with only eight years in the festival’s near-50 year history escaping the showers.

Ticket-holders will be treated to an incredible weekend of music at Worthy Farm, with Stormzy headlining the Friday night, The Killers taking the helm on Saturday, and The Cure closing the festival on Sunday night.

Other highlights will come from Janet Jackson, Janelle Monae, Liam Gallagher, Miley Cyrus and Kylie Minogue, who is this year’s Legend Stage star.

As always, there’s some frustrating clashes on the schedule, but we’re sure every combination will be pretty spectacular.

Sadly, Snow Patrol will no longer be playing after Johnny McDaid was forced to undergo emergency neck surgery – the group will be replaced by The Charlatans.

Meanwhile, it was confirmed that England’s quarter-final match against Norway in the Women’s World Cup will be screened on the West Holts Stage on Thursday night, so football fans needn’t worry about missing the Lionesses’ big night.

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