Snoop Dogg wows Glastonbury crowds

Gangsta rapper Snoop Dogg put Glastonbury Festival's hippie reputation behind it once and for all today with an aggressive, foul-mouthed performance which delighted revellers on the opening day of the festival.

Gangsta rapper Snoop Dogg put Glastonbury Festival's hippie reputation behind it once and for all today with an aggressive, foul-mouthed performance which delighted revellers on the opening day of the festival.

The bad boy of West Coast American rap got the crowd's adrenaline pumping with a blistering set of hits including 'Who am I (What's my name?)' and 'Drop it Like it's Hot'.

Snoop, a former member of notorious LA gang The Crips, was one of the highlights of the opening day of the festival, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

The 38-year-old wore a white vest and large white shades and attracted easily the biggest crowd of the day so far. Some fans even climbed a 20ft wooden sculpture to get a better view.

And watching from the side of the stage British rapper Dizzee Rascal, who plays later on the same stage, sang along with every word.

Thea Williams, 18, from Leeds, said: "I loved it - playing Snoop loud has always annoyed my dad because of all the swearing but today I got to swear as loud as I wanted. He is a legend."

Her friend Millie Cooper, 18, also from Leeds, liked the rapper but was more excited about seeing Britain's answer to Snoop, Dizzee Rascal.

She said: "I like Snoop and all the older rappers but Dizzee is the best now. I can't wait to see him later. I think he is the main reason we have come all this way."

Asked if they had spoken to their worried parents back home, Miss Williams shrugged and said: "I sent a text to say we had arrived but since then I've had my phone off."

This year's festival has seen something of a rarity - blazing sun and soaring temperatures.

And forecasters are predicting more of the same for the rest of the festival.

Earlier revellers at the Pyramid Stage were treated to the rather more sedate musings of country legend Willie Nelson who raced through a plethora of hits as the sun blazed down.

Thousands packed the front of the stage to sing along in what has proved to be one of Glastonbury's more unlikely success stories.

He was cheered on from backstage by Rolf Harris who himself attracted a huge crowd this morning when he kicked off proceedings.

And on the Other Stage punk survivors The Stranglers turned back the clock with breathless renditions of favourites 'No More Heroes', 'Peaches' and 'Golden Brown'.

Bassist Jean-Jacques Burnel asked the crowd: "Is it hot enough for you? I hope you brought some protection."

Crowds are already gathering in front of the stages to get the best view possible of tonight's headline acts.

Cartoon rockers Gorillaz will headline the main stage after stepping in at the last minute to replace U2 whose frontman Bono had to undergo back surgery ruling the Irish favourites out.

Gorillaz - the brainchild of Blur's Damon Albarn - are a virtual band made up of characters 2D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle and Russel Hobbs.

Tonight Albarn will be joined on stage by special guests including music legend Lou Reed, Madchester pioneer Shaun Ryder and The Fall's famously grumpy frontman Mark E Smith.

Organiser Michael Eavis has predicted the headline show will be a "massive audio visual spectacle which will really ignite" the festival. It will be Albarn's second Glastonbury headline slot in as many years after reforming Blur for a triumphant gig at last year's festival.

Whispers around the festival site this morning that Aussie pop star Kylie Minogue would finally be making an appearance after being forced to pull out five years ago when she was diagnosed with breast cancer have been confirmed.

Kylie said, during an interview for BBC1's 'Friday Night With Jonathan Ross', she will play with Scissor Sisters during their Pyramid Stage performance tomorrow.

Backstage talk of American pop eccentric Lady Gaga being on site have so far proved to be just that.

A festival spokesman said with a smile: "Yes ... I have heard the rumours."

So far there have been 163 reported crimes on site and 47 arrests.

More than 1,000 people have been treated in the medical tent - most for sun stroke.

Dr Kieren Bong, said: "The most important thing is to stay covered all the time.

"Either wear a hat or, although it's not very glamorous, use an umbrella.

"Cover the whole of the anatomy and try to stay out of the sun as much as possible."

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