Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Festival revellers ditch wellies

Harry Potter star Emma Watson enjoys the sun backstage during the Glastonbury Festival
A girl holds an inflatable kangaroo among the crowd as revellers enjoy the Glastonbury sun
Dizzee Rascal performing on the Pyramid Stage during the Glastonbury Festival

Thousands of revellers at a sun-drenched Glastonbury are leaving their wellies in their tents as the music festival enjoys the best weather in years.

Campers at Worthy Farm in Somerset will see temperatures reach 25C (77C) on Saturday, with the likes of Muse, Shakira, Pet Shop Boys and pop princess Kylie taking to the stage.

Around 140,000 people have descended on the site to help what is the world's biggest outdoor music festival celebrate its 40th anniversary.

Fans more used to experiencing the event in mud rather than the sun have been raving about the weather - it has rained at every Glastonbury since 2002.

Lee Boyce, 23, from Southend-on-Sea, said: "The buzz is great. This is our first festival ever. Because it's the 40th, it feels like something special."

More than 1,100 people have so far been treated in the medical tent - most for sun stroke.

UK rockers Muse will headline the main stage. Among the other Saturday highlights are US pop outfit Scissor Sisters - who will be joined by Kylie Minogue - Colombian singer Shakira, and US rock legend Jackson Browne.

On Friday night Gorillaz took top billing with an audio-visual spectacular.

Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood also made a surprise appearance to celebrate the festival's 40th anniversary.

"Virtual band" Gorillaz, led by Damon Albarn, were replacing Irish rockers U2, who were forced to pull out after lead singer Bono injured his back. Albarn was joined on stage by special guests including gangsta rapper Snoop Dogg, Madchester pioneer Shaun Ryder and The Fall's famously grumpy frontman Mark E Smith.

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