Michael Eavis: 'It going to be a dry one'

United Kingdom United Kingdom | 28 June 2008

Glastonbury's founding father promised one of the best Glastonbury Festivals ever as he addressed press, dismissing all the controversy about Saturday’s headliner Jay-Z.

"What a hoo ha", he joked. "All this talk about us not selling out and Jay-Z headlining, but take my words this is going to be one of the great Glastonbury."

But it wasn't the weather we'd hoped for. The festival, which has been dogged by wet conditions in recent years, once again witnessed the hoards heading for the larger tents for shelter as the rain pelted down.

The Leftfield Stage proved to be the most popular venues with The Rascals, Don Letts, Elle S'Appelle all greeted with sizable crowds before stage headliners The Levellers attracted the largest audience of the day, with many fans unable to even get into the tent.

Earlier on in the evening, hotly-tipped newcomers Glasvegas drew a big crowd in The Queen's Head, but the quartet found themselves battling against the loud sound checking echoing from the nearby Other Stage during their set.

The new late-night arena, Shangri-La, was also popular with festival-goers perusing around the site that features a crooked house, Strummerville stage and even a tank that is set to have artists such as Dizzee Rascal performing on it over the weekend.

The site has also expanded for the second year in a row with the Tipi Field now over-looming the Stone Circle with a splatter of colourful flags.

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- Photographer: Peter Corkhill

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