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Thursday 25 December 2014

Glastonbury Festival 2013

GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Three festival goers sit and look at the view at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts site
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Three festival goers sit and look at the view at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts site
Festival goers enjoying the sunshine at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 26, 2013. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: (L-R) Gemma Wigmore, Emily Golding, Leanne Scull and Charlotte Wigmore, all from Bristol laugh as they walk around the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts site at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: (L-R) Gemma Wigmore, Emily Golding, Leanne Scull and Charlotte Wigmore, all from Bristol laugh as they walk around the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts site at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Rudina Hatipi joins fellow revellers as they gather for the sunset at the stone circle at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts site at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Festival goers enjoying the sunshine at Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 26, 2013. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Gemma Hall from London sits in the sun at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts site at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: People sit in the sun below the Glastonbury sign at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts site at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Festival goers Hazel Smith (left) and Cassie Wolfe from Liverpool enjoying the sunshine at Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 26, 2013. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: A group of revellers pose for a photograph as they gather for the sunset at the stone circle at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts site at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: The sun begins to set over tipis at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts site at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened on Wednesday at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Rudina Hatipi smokes as she joins fellow revellers as they gather for the sunset at the stone circle at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts site at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: A group of festival goers gather besides their tents at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts site at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: People lie in the sun at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts site at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: People relax before erecting tents at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts site at Worthy Farm, in Pilton at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
CASTLE CARY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Festival attendees arrive at Castle Cary railway station to travel onwards to the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
CASTLE CARY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Festival attendees arrive at Castle Cary railway station to travel onwards to the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
CASTLE CARY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Festival attendees arrive at Castle Cary railway station to travel onwards to the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
CASTLE CARY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: People board a bus at Castle Cary railway station due to travel onwards to the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Tash Sullivan, Jessica Shakles, Zoe Audibert and Rose Long arrive at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts site at Worthy Farm, in Pilton at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury
CASTLE CARY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Festival attendees queue for buses arriving at Castle Cary railway station to travel onwards to the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
CASTLE CARY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Festival attendees arrive at Castle Cary railway station to travel onwards to the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
CASTLE CARY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Festival attendees arrive at Castle Cary railway station to travel onwards to the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
CASTLE CARY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Festival attendees queue for buses arriving at Castle Cary railway station to travel onwards to the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Husband and wife festival goers Jill Sartini and Colin Scuffins buying alcohol in the Shepton Mallet branch of Tesco, before heading to the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset
Festival goers arriving for the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset
Festival goers arriving for the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset
Festival goers arriving for the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset
Festival goers arriving for the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset
Festival goers arriving for the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset
Festival goers arriving for the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset
Festival goers arriving for the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset
Festival goers arriving for the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset
Festival goers arriving for the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset
A tractor owned by Glastonbury festival organiser Michael Eavis, converted into a 4G wifi hotspot that will be driven around the site at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the event
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: People relax before erecting tents at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts site at Worthy Farm, in Pilton at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Ellis Cameron, 21 (L) and Iona Bruce, 21 from Scotland pose for a photograph as they arrive at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts site at Worthy Farm, in Pilton at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: People arrive at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts site at Worthy Farm, in Pilton at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: People relax in front of newly erected tents at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts site at Worthy Farm, in Pilton at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: People sit in front of the newly erected tents at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts site at Worthy Farm, in Pilton at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: People arrive at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts site at Worthy Farm, in Pilton at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: People arrive at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts site at Worthy Farm, in Pilton at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: People relax in front of newly erected tents at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts site at Worthy Farm, in Pilton at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: People arrive at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts site at Worthy Farm, in Pilton at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: People arrive at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts site at Worthy Farm, in Pilton at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: People arrive at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts site at Worthy Farm, in Pilton at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: People arrive at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts site at Worthy Farm, in Pilton at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: People arrive at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts site at Worthy Farm, in Pilton at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: People arrive at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts site at Worthy Farm, in Pilton at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: People arrive at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts site at Worthy Farm, in Pilton at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: A man drags a trolley as he arrives at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts site at Worthy Farm, in Pilton at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: People arrive at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts site at Worthy Farm, in Pilton at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: People arrive at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts site at Worthy Farm, in Pilton at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: People arrive at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts site at Worthy Farm, in Pilton at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: People arrive at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts site at Worthy Farm, in Pilton at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: People arrive at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts site at Worthy Farm, in Pilton at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
CASTLE CARY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Festival attendees arrive at Castle Cary railway station to travel onwards to the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
CASTLE CARY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Festival attendees queue for buses arriving at Castle Cary railway station to travel onwards to the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
CASTLE CARY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Festival attendees arrive at Castle Cary railway station to travel onwards to the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2013 near Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset diary farm that will be playing host to one of the largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Artic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones. Tickets to the event which is now in its 43rd year sold out in minutes and that was before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

There are many reasons to hate Glastonbury, but I don't detest the festival just because it's a betrayal of the original hippie ethic.

No, what I really hate about 'Glasto' is this myth that somehow it's still some kind of anti-authoritarian manifestation of non-conformism. It isn't – and never has been.

Farmer Michael Eavis, far from being some kind of saintly philanthropist, has simply turned his land to alternative use.

Eavis symbolises the confused, wishy-washy ideology underpinning most non- committed ruritarians.

A public schoolboy, who inherited his old man's plot, he is a man of many paradoxes.

He's a Labour supporter and a Green, who accepted a CBE and supports hunting.

He considers himself some kind of maverick, yet presides over a vast corporate enterprise that raked in £22.5m in 2011.

You can't blame him, I suppose. But let's not crack on that Eavis is a philanthropist, who is doing it for the kids.

Ticket prices start at £205, plus a £5 booking fee – plus £6 p&p. Six quid to post a ticket?

Far from being a fun-loving, spiritual free-for-all, the money men need to protect their core punter and so, down the years, the festival has become increasingly white, middle-class and safe.

Let's look at this year's line-up. Yes, there are three stages devoted to dance music, but the main Pyramid stage is whiter than a snowman in a Real Madrid kit.

What about Dizzee Rascal? Rita Ora? Er, yeah, token urban artists who will no doubt end up with OBEs and other baubles if they play the game.

The Rolling Stones are also on the Pyramid stage this year and, in spite of their incredible back catalogue, they have become peddlers of exactly the kind of raised-eyebrow, sing-a-long cabaret tack that Glastonbury loves to wallow in.

This year it's also Kenny Rogers' turn: Islands in the Stream, Ruby, Coward of the County.

I can see those girls on shoulders, desperately looking for the camera, singing along to Ruby right now.

So forgive me if I don't join in with the Glasto hype. I've never been into tents and waving flags, while nodding along to posh boy hillbillies.

Leave that to those who need to assert their identity by visiting spurious sites of Anglo Saxon/Celtic mythology to hold their 400 quid iPhones in the air and wave them like they just don't care.

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