Thousands arrive early for sticky Glastonbury

Mixed weather expected with U2, Coldplay, Beyonce to play

Photographer:Sara Bowrey

Daniel Fahey - 23 June 2011

With sludge and sticky mud underfoot, many revellers were happy to set up and camp and enjoy a few beers before the festival kicks off tomorrow (Thursday 23 June) with the first few acts.

Rumours for the Park Stage ‘Special Guests’ slots are rife with Arctic Monkeys, Pulp and Arcade Fire – despite touring commitments on the Friday of the event – whispered between hopeful fans across the site.

A number of rain showers are still expected over the weekend and those yet to turn up are advised to bring warm clothes and wellies for five-days of mixed weather.

U2, Coldplay and Beyonce are set to headline the 41st edition of the festival, which runs until Sunday (26 June) at Worthy Farm in Somerset.

Paul, 29 from Glasgow, who arrived in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday) said: “I try to get here as early as I can every year but it hammered it down when I was putting up my tent. We’re going to the Stone Circle before it kicks off properly.”

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