Glast off!

It's finally here and warming up! The first day of the festival has kicked off in sun-drenched style, wiping out the memory of two days of heavy rainfall and England's shock defeat last night

Having weathered the storm in every sense of the word, Glastonbury 2004 got off to a flying start this morning, Ralph Myerz and The Jack Herren Band and Kasabian leading the sonic charge.

By midday yesterday, more than 70,000 revellers had gathered at the Worthy Farm festival site and an estimated 60,000 packed the field in front of the Pyramid Stage to watch England crash out of Euro 2004 against hosts Portugal – the largest gathering of fans anywhere in the world.

Spirits have already been lifted though, as any thoughts of cloudbusting machines are put to one side while the sun shines amid clear blue skies.

Officials are already hinting that this year’s festival could be the biggest and safest ever. Arrests are down 60 per cent on last year, with just 11 people getting collared by police so far. Only four crimes have been reported to date, compared to 37 this time last year.

Despite the mud now drying up, there have been 149 injuries, 40 of those occuring on Wednesday night as people waded their way through sludge ridden fields. The fence is still intact and there have been no reporter sightings of ticketless punters jumping over.

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