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Saturday 30 August 2014

In Pictures: Snoop Dogg kicks off 40th Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury 2010
Glastonbury 2010
Glastonbury 2010

Gangsta rapper Snoop Dogg put Glastonbury Festival's hippie reputation behind it once and for all last night with an aggressive, foul-mouthed performance which delighted revellers on the opening day of the festival.

In 1970, when organiser Michael Eavis first opened his farm to festival-goers, it was all long hair and free love but since Jay-Z's headline slot two years ago the Glasto crowd has embraced hip hop.

And Snoop Dogg did not disappoint. The bad boy of West Coast American rap got the crowd's adrenaline pumping with a blistering set of hits including Who Am I (What's My Name?) and Drop It Like It's Hot.

Snoop, a former member of notorious LA gang The Crips, was one of the highlights of the opening day of the festival, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

The 38-year-old wore a white vest and large white shades and attracted one of the biggest crowds of the day. Some fans even climbed a 20ft wooden sculpture to get a better view.

Later in the evening, Cartoon rockers Gorillaz headlined the main stage after stepping in at the last minute to replace U2 whose frontman Bono had to undergo back surgery ruling the Irish band out.

Gorillaz — the brainchild of Blur's Damon Albarn — are a virtual band made up of characters 2D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle and Russel Hobbs.

Albarn was be joined on stage by special guests including music legend Lou Reed, Madchester pioneer Shaun Ryder and The Fall's famously grumpy frontman Mark E Smith.

It was also confirmed last night that Aussie pop star Kylie Minogue would finally be making an appearance at the festival after being forced to pull out five years ago when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Kylie said, during an interview with the BBC1 , that she will play with Scissor Sisters during their Pyramid Stage performance today.

This year's festival has seen something of a rarity with blazing sun and soaring temperatures.

And forecasters are predicting more of the same for the rest of the festival.

Earlier revellers at the Pyramid Stage were treated to the rather more sedate musings of country legend Willie Nelson who raced through a plethora of hits as the sun blazed down.

Thousands packed the front of the stage to sing along in what has proved to be one of Glastonbury's more unlikely success stories.

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