Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Glasto cheers for mud reveller Tom

Tom Wilder, 17, from Kent, gets into the festival spirit and performs a dramatic slide in the Glastonbury Festival mud
Mud is not so much of a problem for some revellers at this year's Glastonbury Festival

Diving face down through Britain's biggest mudbath, teenage reveller Tom Wilder has ensured the cheers started early at Glastonbury.

The 17-year-old's giant puddle slide was becoming the festival's first cult hit with a day to spare before the main acts take to the Pyramid Stage.

Egged on by his mates, student Tom, from Kent, performed headlong dives on demand to cheer up arrivals trudging through the sodden 900-acre site.

Countless efforts left him caked in mud from head to toe, with dairy farm sludge stuck in the braces on his teeth.

But he declared with a grin: "If I run out of clothes, I'll just do it naked."

His dives received roars of approval from hundreds of onlookers along with the group of friends he was camping with. Best friend Callum Burgess, also 17, said: "I'm supposed to share a tent with him but he can sleep outside. Look at the state of him."

Crowds are continuing to swell at Pilton - despite a second day of torrential rain in the morning. Every inch of Worthy Farm is becoming a sticky quagmire as the remainder of the 170,000-plus revellers pitch up their tents.

Claire Austin, of MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said the best weather will not arrive until Sunday.

This year's event sees U2, Coldplay and Beyonce headline and the arrival of a new medieval bullring - Campo Pequeno.

Beyonce, who fell in love with the Somerset festival after watching husband Jay-Z perform three years ago, is believed to have cleared her diary to party in Pilton over three days. Rapper Jay-Z is even money with bookmakers Ladbrokes to join his wife on stage this Sunday.

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