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Thousands flock to Glastonbury. It rains!

21 Jun 07
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More than 70,000 revellers have got the party started early at Glastonbury Festival.

Fans begun flocking to Worthy Fam from around 10am on Wednesday morning, at one point entering the site at a rate of 5,000 people per hour. 

It means that this year has witnessed the busiest Wednesday in the festival's history.

By 9am today (Thursday), 74,292 were pitched up and ready to party, more than a third up on the figure two years ago.

The increased numbers translated into an electric atmosphere around the site, with thousands taking part in the traditional 'mexican holler', where shouts echo round the periphery of the site.

The JazzWorld and Stone Circle were among the busiest sections of the festival with fans looking to get their bearings early.

One of them, Duncan Perryman from Newcastle, told us: "We got here about midday and it's just been getting better and better by the hour. Who needs any music, these people here are brilliant."

The sun shone for much of Wednesday but, as predicted, the rain finally came at around 4am on Thursday morning with showers dampening the site until around 11am. Mud seems to be at a minimum, though.

Today sees the start of Left Field Stage music programme, including sets from 'emerging talent' winner Liz Green plus Seasick Steve, Nizlopi and The Blood Arm.

We're heading there now and will tell you all about it later.


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