Music begins at Glastonbury Festival

The music begins at the 40th Glastonbury Festival today with revellers arriving in their thousands - hopeful that the forecast of a sunny and warm weekend will be spot-on.

The music begins at the 40th Glastonbury Festival today with revellers arriving in their thousands - hopeful that the forecast of a sunny and warm weekend will be spot-on.

Michael Eavis opened the doors of his 900-acre farm in Pilton, Somerset, yesterday when nearly half of the 140,000 ticket holders were believed to have arrived.

Prince Charles will visit the site today to commemorate the work charities linked to the festival do, as well as mark the festival's 40th anniversary.

Yesterday saw large volumes of traffic build up around the site, as early-birds tried to battle their way in.

Today a line-up of established and emerging acts will take to the Queen's Head, WOW, and Glade stages, among others.

But the line-up at the main stages begins tomorrow with Gorillaz, Dizzee Rascal and Florence and the Machine appearing.

Meteogroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said today's weather would be mostly dry and warm, with the odd cloud which may bring the chance of a light shower.

Forecaster Tom Tobler said: "It's going to be dry and warm on Thursday.

"There will be a bit more cloud around at times, and there's a small risk of light showers, but more likely it will stay dry and warm."

Saturday and Sunday will see a greater risk of heavy downpours, but it is hoped the dry and warm weather will remain.

In 2005 storms and flash flooding caused havoc at the site, with many festival-goers having to use their tents as makeshift boats to float around waterlogged areas.

In 2007 more rain ensured a similar mudbath, though a new draining system meant a repeat of 2005 was avoided.

Avon and Somerset Police warned revellers to be prepared for a wait getting into the site.

A spokeswoman said: "The annual cultural and music event attracts in the region of 177,000 people to rural Somerset and as a result the area can become very busy.

"It's estimated that around 50,000 cars, campervans and trailers descend on the country lanes and hamlets during the festival, which can cause traffic congestion."

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