Glastonbury Festival 2014 gets underway

First spot of rain hits Glastonbury on second day

Photographer: Peter CorkhillChris Eustace on 26 June 2020

As festival-goers emerged from their tents this Thursday morning (June 26) to more sun, the skies quickly began to cloud over and the first heavy showers began not long after 2pm.

91,494 people were onsite, as of this morning (26 June), with campsites beginning to quickly fill up. Queues of up to four hours  reported at the perimeter fences yesterday morning have since dissipated and the festival site is feeling vibrantly fresh ahead of the start of live music in William's Green and the late night areas this evening.

With many of the main stages not open until later in the week, last night’s entertainment was focused around the Stone Circle, where a spectacular firework display and choir served as a welcome back to Worthy Farm.

Much of the event’s dance and electronic stages have acts playing this evening, with Sasha, East India Youth, Rob Da Bank and Route 94 among those appearing, while David Morales will pay tribute to house music pioneer Frankie Knuckles with a special set at NYC Downlow later.

Elsewhere the festival woke to tragic news this morning, a 67-year-old woman died last night in her tent from natural causes, and the Police have said her death is not being treated as suspicious. The woman is reported as being a festival first-timer and visiting Glastonbury to fulfill one of her 'bucket list' wishes.

In a seperate incident, a 26-year-old man from the South East of England is currently fighting for his life in Bristol Royal Infirmary after overdosing on Ketamine last night.

A spokeswoman for Avon and Somerset Police said that the man is in a “life-threatening condition”, and that his family has been informed. They believe that he suffered an adverse reaction to the drug rather than falling foul of a contaminated batch.

According to figures, crime is down 50% on last year, with 12 arrests made so far, mostly for theft and drugs offences.

Arcade Fire, Metallica and Kasabian are this year’s headliners, while Kaiser Chiefs have just confirmed that they’re playing the “secret slot” on the Other Stage tomorrow morning.

Rumours continue about who will play the other free slot, on the John Peel Stage on Sunday afternoon, with the likes of Prince, The Libertines, La Roux and The Kooks all mooted, and many festivalgoers are expected at William’s Green tonight in the hope of a similar surprise to last year, when Alt-J, Django Django and Dry The River all played unannounced sets.

Glastonbury 2014 takes place on Worthy Farm, Somerset from 25-29 June. All tickets have completely sold out.

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