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Glastonbury fans urged to pack for sunshine and rain - Bowie tributes to loom large

Published 21/06/2016

Emily Eavis said David Bowie's performance at Glastonbury in 2000 was one of the highlights in the festival's history
Emily Eavis said David Bowie's performance at Glastonbury in 2000 was one of the highlights in the festival's history

The Met Office has urged music fans heading to the Glastonbury Festival to pack their sunglasses and their wellies as a weekend of mixed weather is forecast.

Gates open on Wednesday before the festival begins on Friday, with Muse, Adele and Coldplay all headlining - and David Bowie will be celebrated  with the festival's first ever classical music headliner.

Campers tweeted in horror as pictures emerged on Monday of flooding at the Somerset site, with paths under water and camping areas already turned into mudbaths.

Met forecaster Emma Boorman said there is hope the site could dry out before the heaviest crowds arrive on Friday.

"When you have people and mud it exacerbates the situation so if there's no people on site today and a mostly dry day, it should give things a chance to dry out a little bit," she said.

The mercury is expected to reach a high of 21C (69F) on Thursday before settling at 19C (66F) over Saturday and Sunday.

Unfortunately for Adele, she may be singing in the rain rather than setting fire to it as Saturday, the day she will headline the Pyramid stage, is expected to be wettest of the festival.

"Thursday should stay dry, as should Friday, but by Saturday there may well be some showers around, Ms Boorman added.

"There's rain from time to time but also some good dry weather, so it's worth packing for a mixture of conditions: wellies and sunglasses."

She also had some final advice for campers: "Make sure you put your tent on the top of a hill; if you have to walk further, just walk it, because otherwise they could be swimming in mud."

American composer Philip Glass's Heroes Symphony, written in 1996 in homage to Bowie's 1977 album Heroes, will be brought to life with an immersive laser performance by Chris Levine on the Park Stage on June 25.

Starting just before midnight, Charles Hazlewood will direct a classical orchestra featuring Army of Generals and members of the British Paraorchestra for "a 45-minute symphonic meditation" inspired by Bowie's album.

Festival organiser Emily Eavis said: "We are delighted that David Bowie's life will be celebrated by Glastonbury's first ever classical music headliner.

"Bowie's performance of Heroes in his 2000 Pyramid set was one of the all-time moments in our history and it just feels so right that we will relive it again on Saturday night through the brilliance of Philip Glass's symphony."

Award-winning British conductor Hazlewood added: "If Bowie had any interest in what might be played by all of us after he'd gone, then I reckon a world class orchestra breathing fire into Glass's Heroes Symphony would make him very happy indeed.

"And with the added genius of laser virtuoso Chris Levine creating a visual counterpoint to Glass's luminescent textures, this will be the most extraordinary sound and vision ever witnessed at Glastonbury."

The performance will be broadcast live on BBC Four.

:: Philip Glass's Heroes Symphony will play on The Park Stage on June 25 from 11.45pm to 0.30am. Glastonbury runs from June 22 to 26.

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