A sizzling start for Glastonbury 2005

Tens of thousands of early-bird campers awoke this morning to blue skies and scorching sunshine, with not a cloud in sight, as the world's greatest music festival sprang to life. Follow the action right here!

[l-zone1]By 9.15am this morning, the festival was already buzzing with over 61,500 people on-site (50,000 had arrived by Wednesday night), including ticket holders and staff, marking a 15% increase on the same time last year, which we put down to the mediterranean weather. An early stroll revealed hoardes of red, peeling faces and bodies, so if you’re coming down to Glasto, bring suncream (and a gazebo if you want one as they’re all sold out here!)

[r-zone2]Despite the heatwave, weather forecasters are still insisting that the “mother of all thunderstorms” is on its way (between Friday and Sunday, depending on which report you read), hence the apparently confused market stall displays mixing wellies with sandals.

Traffic queues are reported to be at an all-time low, with more than 20,000 cars already parked up. The police tell us they’ve made 34 arrests so far, including 14 for drug-related offences and five for theft.

[l-zone3]Ryan Adams fans will be sad to hear that the prolific alt-country singer/songwriter has cancelled his Sunday night headline appearance on the John Peel stage due to an ear infection. Bright Eyes, who had been scheduled to perform before Ryan, have been moved up the bill to fill the vacant slot.

Stay tuned to VF as we bring you our coverage direct from Glastonbury from now until the end of the festival!

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