Glasto gears up for big acts as mudbath feared

Around 130,000 people are expected at Glastonbury today as the big acts of the music festival in Somerset get ready to hit the stage.

Glasto gears up for big acts as mudbath feared

Around 130,000 people are expected at Glastonbury today as the big acts of the music festival in Somerset get ready to hit the stage.

The event is known for its eclectic mix of music - Blondie, Kaiser Chiefs, and Rudimental are some of the artists performing later.

Arcade Fire are headlining the Pyramid Stage today.

Festival organiser Emily Eavis admits tomorrow's headline act Metallica has caused some controversy.

"A lot of people will turn up to see Metallica and be totally transfixed - their live set is pretty amazing," she said.

Campers will be hoping for clear skies after rain dampened proceedings yesterday afternoon but are likely to be disappointed as more is forecast with the Met Office issuing a yellow warning alert.

Many were already wearing their wellies when the rain started just before 2.30pm yesterday, clearly prepared for the wet weather that was forecast.

As the heavens opened, tents hosting acts that had previously attracted small crowds quickly filled up while the site’s walkways became a sea of colour as people donned raincoats and ponchos of every description.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain for today and tomorrow for the South West, including the Glastonbury site which could well turn the site into a mud bath.

Yesterday police warned of the dangers of taking illegal drugs after a 26-year-old man was left fighting for his life in hospital after taking ketamine at the site.

An Avon and Somerset Police spokeswoman said the man, from the south east of England, was in a “life-threatening condition” at Bristol Royal Infirmary. His family has been informed.

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