Glastonbury mourns for Michael Jackson
United Kingdom | 26 June 2009
As the rain stopped, the atmosphere across the site was dampened as the sad and shocking news of Jackson's passing spread rapidly.
Initially, much like the news of Who bassist John Entwistle's death during Glastonbury a few years back, many dismissed it as a rumour. But it was soon confirmed by texts, phone calls and tweets from friends and family in the outside world.
One person who was quick to post her feelings on Twitter was festival organiser Emily Eavis, who posted: “So sad to hear the news about MJ. There will be tributes all over the site all weekend. A truly great artist. Emily.”
Jackson never performed at the festival but his loss was clearly felt by a great many in attendance. Various venues staged impromptu tributes. In the Silent Disco, Thriller was played and "RIP Michael Jackson" displayed on the screens. The same song could be heard reverberating from different tents from the dance village all the way to Shangri La throughout the night, and we passed one crowd of fans singing 'Don't Stop 'Til you get enough'.
The music plays on at the 2009 Glastonbury Festival with Mr. Hudson and The Library kicking off proceedings on The Other Stage and Bjorn Again opening the Pyramid Stage. The rain continues to fall, the crowds are upbeat with large turn-outs on the stages.
Stay posted for our rolling coverage of the festival, all weekend.