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Gallagher returns to open festival

He swore he would never play Glastonbury again after headlining with Oasis nearly 10 years ago - but Liam Gallagher's Beady Eye has kicked off events at the 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 Gallagher 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 songs Rock 'N' Roll Star and, perhaps aptly for the time of day, What's The Story Morning Glory, which turned into a mass singalong.

Fan Hayley Storey, 30, from Leeds, said: "It's a great way to open the festival. I'm so glad they did Oasis stuff too." Chris Goode, 35, from Greenwich, south-east London, said: "It was quite a surprise to see them. It was just luck. I didn't think Liam would be up this early in the morning. I bet he's not even been to bed yet."

Meanwhile police said that crime at the Glastonbury festival is down 30% from the last time the event was held. As of Friday morning, there had been 107 crimes, compared with 153 at the same point in 2011.

Inspector Shirley Eden, of Avon and Somerset Police, said: "It's down to us targeting certain areas and sharing intelligence with colleagues who police other festivals. The festival organisers can also be thanked for the way they arrange the ticketing system."

Police are urging festival-goers to look after their possessions when in crowded areas as the music gets under way on Friday. Ms Eden said: "When people are down by the stages, we want them to keep their mobile phones safe. It's when people are in the mosh pit they get their things nicked."

Officers from the force have been running an undercover operation in the two days since the festival opened its gates. Three plain-clothes officers wandered the campsites looking for personal possessions left on display which could easily have been stolen and placed stickers containing a QR code, directing people to the Glastonbury Police website, on valuable items.

Avon and Somerset Police have now launched a competition, asking festival-goers how many items they found. Among the haul were smartphones, a wallet, a camera, a stereo and a pair of Hunter wellies.


From Belfast Telegraph