Glastonbury Festival organiser: Don’t lose hope

Glastonbury Festival organiser Emily Eavis has called for everyone to “rally together and not lose hope” in the aftermath of the EU referendum.

Festival-goers awoke to the news on Friday that the United Kingdom had voted to leave the EU.

Eavis told the Glastonbury Free Press: “It was a complete shock. But we’ve got to rally round and stick together.”

An opinion poll conducted by the Times on site showed 82% of Glastonbury revellers voted to Remain, with three quarters having cast their vote.

Eavis added: “For voter turnout among people here to be higher than the national average? That really says something about the sort of people who come to the festival.”

With the referendum taking place on Thursday, after the festival had already begun, the majority of campers arranged postal or proxy votes.

In a message to her guests on Worthy Farm, Eavis said: “Thank you to everyone for making this such a special year.

"It’s always so heartening to see the parallel universe people create here, the positivity that people radiate. It brings out the best in people. So let’s rally together and not lose hope.”

Before the referendum, Eavis and her father, festival founder Michael Eavis, had called for festival-goers to vote Remain.

At 5pm on Sunday, an EU flashmob took place near the Park Stage, backed by the Eavises and facilitated by Greenpeace.

The festival had its finale last night, with headline act Coldplay closing the Pyramid Stage. After performing in 2002, 2005 and 2011, Coldplay will set a new record, becoming the first band to headline the festival four times, while Adele made her debut at the festival.

She pulled a 10-year-old girl up on stage for a hug and selfie as Adele began chatting with the crowd.

“Glastonbury means the world to me, I’m not just lying, I have always wanted to do this my whole life.

“I’ve been coming since I was your age”, she said as the little girl took to stage and shared a selfie with her.

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