Thousands of people descended on Somerset today for the first day of Glastonbury.

Stages across the 900-acre site will host world-class music stars as well as speeches by politicians, film screenings, theatre and circus performances from Wednesday until Sunday. 

Festivalgoers dragged with them crates of beer and bottles of booze as they descended on the fields for five days of fun. 

This year’s festival, held on Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, will see Arctic Monkeys, US rockers Guns N’ Roses and Sir headlining on the famous Pyramid Stage. 

The gates for the festival were officially opened by co-organiser Emily Eavis this morning, after attendees queued overnight to be the first in at 8am.

Glastonbury co-founder Michael Eavis, who was recently pictured in a wheelchair, sat in a red Land Rover nearby as his daughter opened the gates for the festival.

Spirits were high as people queued on the first day of the Glastonbury Festival on Wednesday morning

Festival-goers seek shelter from a heavy downpour at Glastonbury Festival

Festivalgoers carry inflatable mattresses in the rain on the first day of the Glastonbury festival

The gates for Glastonbury Festival 2023 have been officially opened by co-organiser Emily Eavis with people at the front of the queue setting off from their homes as early as 1.30am to secure their spot

Emily Eavis officially opens the gate to welcome festivalgoers arriving to attend the Glastonbury festival

Festivalgoer Jennifer Barton from Australia on the first day of the Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury co-founder Michael Eavis, who was recently pictured in a wheelchair, sat in a red Land Rover nearby as his daughter opened the gates for the festival

Eavis is seen after the 8am public opening of the campsites on Day 1 of Glastonbury Festival 2023

Stages across the 900-acre site will host world-class music stars as well as speeches by politicians, film screenings, theatre and circus performances

Thousands of people descended on Somerset today for the first day of Glastonbury

People queue for entry on the first day of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset

Forecasters have warned that the festival could get off to a shaky start, with glorious sunshine being replaced by cloud and possibly even light rain

Festival goers queued overnight to be the first into the Glastonbury site as gates opened at 8am today

Nora Uotila, from Finland, Simon Siegmund and Victoria Pazos in their tent on the first day of the Glastonbury Festival

Sheltering from the rain, a festival goer eats beneath an advertising food board at Glastonbury

Boozed stacked up and ready to go, happy campers made their way into the festival grounds

Addressing thousands of queuing festival-goers, Ms Eavis announced: ‘Welcome to Glastonbury.’

The festival co-ordinator counted down from 10 to 1 with the crowd before walking back through the opened gates.

Asked how it felt to greet the crowd and open the festival, she said: ‘It was good.I love welcoming people in – it’s always my favourite moment.’

Asked about her father, she told reporters: ‘He’s over there – he’s still very much here.

‘He’s going to be waving everybody in. He’s doing really well.He had a late night last night.’

She said her father had been at the National Portrait Gallery in London, unveiling a painting.

‘He’s been out, we’ve all been here, heads down… he’s been off to London to a gallery opening,’ she added.

Festival-goers seek shelter from a heavy downpour at Glastonbury Festival

Revellers trudging in the rain at Glastonbury festival

Revellers are caught in heavy downpours at Glastonbury Festival

People queue for entry on the first day of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm

Festivalgoers arrive with their belongings on the first day of the Glastonbury festival this morning

Festival-goers appeared heavily-laden as they arrived at the festival on its opening day

Glastonbury fans didn’t let the potentially dodgy weather dampen their mood as they streamed onto the site this morning

Arctic Monkeys will top the bill on Friday night on the Pyramid Stage, which will be their third time headlining the festival having previously done so in 2007 and 2013

Forecasters have warned that the festival could get off to a shaky start, with glorious sunshine being replaced by cloud and possibly even light rain. The Met Office is forecasting highs of 22C and lows of 12C.

But Glastonbury should avoid the worst of the storms as some showers are expected for the first couple of days with temperatures set to be remain warm at 22C on Wednesday and Thursday.

Towards the weekend, the rain is expected to clear, making way for dryer and brighter conditions with highs of 26C expected on Sunday for Sir Elton’s headline performance.

Glastonbury fans didn’t let the potentially dodgy weather dampen their mood as they streamed onto the site this morning.  

Arctic Monkeys will top the bill on Friday night on the Pyramid Stage, which will be their third time headlining the festival having previously done so in 2007 and 2013.

Festivalgoers shelter from the rain on the first day of the Glastonbury festival 

A festivalgoer attempts to pull on a rain cover on the first day of the Glastonbury festival

People queue for the start of Glastonbury Festival with some people queuing since 4pm yesterday

Lisa Stone, 56, is first in the queue for gate A at Glastonbury Festival.She arrived in Glastonbury at 11am on Tuesday and got on site at 4pm

The grass already looked muddy as thousands queued to get into Glastonbury on Wednesday

People queue for the start of Glastonbury Festival with some people queuing since 4pm yesterday

Spirits were high despite the overcast start to the festival, which will see thousands attend

Festival-goers were ready with their umbrellas as forecasters warned of a potentially wet start

Organisers have also urged festival-goers not to bring a number of items, with disposable vapes top on the list as they ‘pollute the environment and can be hazardous at waste centres’

Spirits were high as people queued for entry on the first day of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset

Saturday night will see US rockers Guns N’ Roses headline, after the original line-up of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan reunited in 2015

However, their slot has been thrown into question after the rock band had to cancel their Dublin show which was scheduled for Wednesday at the last minute due to their frontman Alex Turner suffering from acute laryngitis.

Saturday night will see US rockers Guns N’ Roses headline, after the original line-up of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan reunited in 2015.

Lizzo will play immediately before and has joint headline billing on the line-up poster.

However, the acts closing the Pyramid Stage throughout the festival will be all-male.

Co-organiser Ms Eavis told the BBC she aimed for gender balance and this year they had a female headline but ‘she unfortunately had to pull out’.

Sir Elton John’s headline slot on Sunday night is expected to draw large crowds, as it marks the end of his scheduled farewell tour dates in the UK.

Yusuf/Cat Stevens will perform during the teatime legends slot on Sunday afternoon, followed by classic rock outfit Blondie.

The veteran folk-rocker, best known for a string of albums in the 1970s, follows in the footsteps of artists such as Dolly Parton, Kylie Minogue and Diana Ross in the coveted rtp slot tertinggi.

Also on the bill across the weekend are Christine And The Queens, Lana Del Rey, Lewis Capaldi and Lil Nas X.

People gather at sunrise to take part in the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge in Wiltshire

People practice yoga as the sun rises during the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge in Wiltshire

An alliance of around 10,000 druids, pagans, hippies, locals and tourists gathered around Stonehenge

People gather at sunrise to take part in the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge in Wiltshire

Revellers celebrate the Summer Solstice as the sun rises at Stonehenge, near Amesbury, in Wiltshire

Eurovision winners Maneskin will make their debut at the festival, as will Brits Rising Star winners Flo.

Friday’s main stage also has a mystery band listed as the ‘The Churnups’ who are set to perform before Arctic Monkeys and rock duo Royal Blood.They are rumoured to be the rock band Foo Fighters.

Organisers have also urged festival-goers not to bring a number of items, with disposable vapes top on the list as they ‘pollute the environment and can be hazardous at waste centres’.

Gazebos, non-biodegradable body glitter, disposable wipes, knives and anything made of glass are also all on the ‘what not to bring’ list this year.

The 2023 event will run from June 21 to 25 at Worthy Farm in Somerset.

Grandmother Lisa Stone, 56, was first in the queue at gate A this morning, making her one of the first of 200,000 who will pass through over the next five days.

She arrived at Pilton at 11am yesterday alongside her granddaughter and they got on site at 4pm – and have been waiting patiently since.

This is the fifth time Lisa has been to the festival and she was well prepared with a pop-up tent and even managed to get a few hours of sleep.

Lisa said she is looking forward to seeing Elton John – and the Foo Fighters who are rumoured to make an appearance.

People at the front of the queue said they were ‘surprised’ to reach the coveted spot after setting off from their homes at 1.30am.

Nigel Hayes, 42, who is a kitchen fitter from London, said he has been to every Glastonbury since 2002 and his 40-year-old sister Joanne Hayes, who is also from London and works as a personal assistant and accompanied him, has been to every one since 2007.

The sun rises behind the Heel Stone as people gather to take part in the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge

A person stands by one of the stones as the sun rises during the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge

People touch the Heel Stone during the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge

The stone monument — carved and constructed at a time when there were no metal tools — symbolises Britain’s semi-mythical pre-historic period

Mr Hayes said: ‘We got here at 4.30am, we set off at 1.30am from London …it would be nice to set off and get a beer.’

Ms Hayes added: ‘We’re a bit surprised to be at the front to be fair.’

When asked what he likes about the festival, Mr Hayes said: ‘Glastonbury is all about the people, it’s a lovely vibe, it’s a lovely place to be.’

Ms Hayes added: ‘There’s something for everyone, I always say – no matter who you are, try it once if you can. There’s so much going on with music and comedy.’

Yesterday, the price list for at was confirmed, leading to shock online. 

The account for Glastonbury @TheGlastoThingy shared information about their prices ahead of the five-day festival. 

Many revellers have slammed the prices for being too expensive and are shocked at the £6.00 starting prices for a pint.  

A Glastonbury bar price list has been revealed with spirits costing up to £13 and the cheapest beer £6.50

Thousands are set to attend the five-day festival which was started in 1970 and cost just £1

Now, a general admission ticket will cost more than £300, and some punters aren’t prepared to pay more for drinks 

Spirit lovers are also surprised as a double and a mixer will set you back at least £12 and the most expensive combination being a spirit and Red Bull. 

A can of the energy drink on its own will cost £4.50 as opposed to their starting retail price of £1.50.

The cheapest wine option appears to begin at £29 and a half pint of soft drink starts at £3. 

Twitter users have responded in outrage over the soaring prices of drinks, with one writing ‘SIX POUNDS EIGHTY PENCE’ and another commenting ‘Just shy of 7 quid for a San Miguel?!’

Another user commented: ‘Robbing b*******…can’t wait.’ 

One user commented with an angry emoji: ‘Half a pint of coke £3’ 

One savvy social media user said: ‘Glad I packed plenty of rum. Maybe backed up by the odd cheeky pint from the cider bus.’ 

Others appeared content with the prices, one said: ‘£6 for a cider, not too shabby’ while another agreed: ‘Actually not that bad’.

Twitter users respond in outrage to shared prices of the Glastonbury festival due to commence this month

Beer prices at the festival are roughly the same as an average pub in London

Another said: ‘Considering it was £8+ at the cricket at the weekend, I don’t fall out with this.’

But spirit drinkers appear unpleased, one said: ‘F*** me those spirit prices.’ 

The drinks are roughly the same as the cost of a pint in London, and the festival offers free drinking water. 

Meanwhile, a short distance away from the festival, an alliance of around 10,000 druids, pagans, hippies, locals and tourists gathered around Stonehenge to express their devotion to the sun ahead of the summer solstice.

They stayed and celebrated at Stonehenge for the night and greeted sunrise this morning – on the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere.

Both Stonehenge and Glastonbury supposedly lie on ley lines – mystical energy connections across the UK, according to believers.

Supporters will go to Stonehenge to perform dawn rituals around the solstice in their traditional white robes.

This year, the summer solstice at Stonehenge started at 7 pm on Tuesday and ran through 8 am Wednesday. 

For this one night, worshippers are allowed to spend time inside the stone circle.Others chant or play their acoustic guitars. Alcohol is prohibited, as are sound systems. 

The rules have been tightened over the decades, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. 

But the event remains one of the country’s biggest tourist draws, despite the seemingly permanent traffic jams on the nearby A303 highway, a popular route for motorists traveling to and from the southwest of England.

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