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Gallagher returns to open festival

Liam Gallagher swore he would never play Glastonbury again after headlining with Oasis nearly 10 years ago - but his band Beady Eye kicked off events at the 2013 festival.

With the words "Get in" and a moment of silence while he surveyed the crowds, the singer launched into Flick Of The Finger, the first song to be heard on the Other Stage at Worthy Farm this year.

Despite the relatively early hour and the mud underfoot, thanks to a downpour of rain that lasted all night, thousands of people turned out to see the band. Their performance was unbilled but Liam had dropped heavy hints about it on his Twitter account.

Although the Mancunian was wearing sunglasses, they were mostly not needed as grey clouds hovered over the Somerset site, with the sun trying to break out. The biggest cheers came for Oasis hit Rock 'N' Roll Star and, perhaps aptly for the time of day, What's The Story Morning Glory, which turned into a mass singalong.

It seems the singer was also surprised to be awake, grumbling to the crowd at one point "11.30 in the f****** morning". But he later added: "It's never too early for a bit of rock and roll echo."

His partner, Nicole Appleton, was among those watching the performance at the side of the stage.

He had previously complained about the sound system at the festival after Oasis played on the Pyramid stage in 2004. Speaking backstage immediately after the gig, he said of his earlier comments on the festival: "I was probably just having a bad day. I take it back. I just had a bad experience last time."

He said the band, who released new album BE earlier this month, even enjoyed the time slot. "Absolutely loved it," he said. "I still can't get my head around it. It's mad, innit?"

Liam said the festival had got better, crediting the organisers for its success. "It's Michael Eavis, isn't it, and the family who run it," he said. "They put a lot of work into it."

Celebrities spotted at the festival today included Florence + The Machine singer Florence Welch, who was seen near a backstage bar with writer Caitlin Moran, and Made In Chelsea's Millie Mackintosh, whose boyfriend, Professor Green, was in the Pyramid Stage line-up.

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