Belfast Telegraph

Glastonbury clean-up gets under way

The site will take a year off in 2018.

For the past five days, it has been home to a population of 200,000 but now the clean-up operation after Glastonbury Festival 2017 begins.

Highlights of the musical extravaganza in Pilton, Somerset, have included Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Katy Perry and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

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Ed Sheeran (Yui Mok/PA)

The event has been the most political in its history, with Mr Corbyn addressing tens of thousands of revellers from the iconic main Pyramid Stage and giving a talk at the Left Field tent.

Artists, revellers and festival organisers have spoken in support of the Islington North MP – with the chant “Oh, Jeremy Corbyn” to the tune of the White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army becoming the unofficial anthem of the festival.

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (Yui Mok/PA)

With the party officially over, campers now have until 6pm to leave the 900-acre site, while crew and stall holders are given a week to clear the property.

Organisers have asked attendees to take their tents with them, with posters around the venue reading: “Love the farm, leave no trace” and a heavy emphasis on recycling throughout.

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The 514 food vendors on site had only been allowed to provide compostable plates, cups and cutlery, while glass was banned across the festival.

A litter picking crew of up to 800 will begin to clear the huge area of rubbish on Monday morning, with tractors carrying magnetic strips travelling across the fields.

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Workers will also carry out a fingertip search to make sure no inch of the land goes unchecked.

The mission to convert the site back into a functioning dairy farm could take up to six weeks.

Last year, the operation was made harder thanks to heavy rain that caused a huge amount of mud – with revellers abandoning their belongings as they struggled out.

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There will be no Glastonbury Festival in 2018 as it is a fallow year, but festival organiser Michael Eavis said it would be back in 2019.

“The farm needs a rest. So does the village and the wildlife,” he said.

In 2020, Glastonbury Festival will celebrate its 50th year.

“We’re already booking acts for that one,” Mr Eavis said. “Half a century. It’s an incredible feat, actually. We’ve been through so many struggles to get here.”

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