Glastonbury marks 40th anniversary
Glastonbury Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary - and revellers are reaching for the sun block rather than the traditional wellies.
More than 140,000 people have descended on Worthy Farm, near Pilton, Somerset, to help the world's biggest outdoor music festival raise a glass to a remarkable four decades.
In 1970 organiser Michael Eavis opened his farm gates to 1,500 punters and charged them just £1 - which included milk fresh from his herd of cows.
Glam rock legend Marc Bolan headlined and history was made. Off-and-on ever since, thousands of people have arrived - by hook or by crook - in the hope of a party to end all parties. And few have been disappointed.
Career defining performances from heavyweights like The Smiths, Radiohead, Oasis, Blur, Pulp and more recently The Killers has made Glastonbury alternative music's must-attend event. And this year - unlike many - the sun is set to shine.
Meteogroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said Friday's weather would continue to be mostly dry and warm, with the odd cloud.
This year Gorillaz, Muse and Stevie Wonder headline with Florence and the Machine, Pet Shop Boys, Orbital, Hot Chip, Scissor Sisters, Dizzee Rascal and Snoop Dogg also promising some spectacular Glasto moments.
On Friday night cartoon rockers Gorillaz will headline the main stage after stepping in at the last minute to replace U2 whose frontman Bono had to undergo back surgery, ruling the Irish favourites out.
Gorillaz - the brainchild of Blur's Damon Albarn - are a virtual band made up of characters 2D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle and Russel Hobbs.
But On Friday night Albarn and a host of stars including Lou Reed, Madchester pioneer Shaun Ryder and The Fall's famously grumpy frontman Mark E Smith will perform.