350 cows and 4500 toilets: Glastonbury festival in numbers

Live music gets underway today at Glastonbury Festival as thousands of revellers gear up for the start of one of the biggest events of the summer.

The Arctic Monkeys kick off the the famous festival tonight with Dizzee Rascal, Jake Bugg and Rita Ora also set to perform.

The festival was first held in 1970 at Worthy Farm which covers over 900 acres and is home to 350 cows.

Festival goes find the going tough as the struggle through the mud during the second day of the Glastonbury 2013 Festival Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Festival goers can choose from have over 350 food traders to choose from and 198 pubs and bars - some in "secret" locations.

There are more than 1,500 long drop toilets on the site consisting of cubicles built above a massive pit, along with over 3000 portable toilets and 300 compost toilets.

Rain falls during the second day of the Glastonbury 2013 Festival Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The 15,000 bins on the site help separate recyclable materials - helping the festival recycle over 863.32 tonnes of waste back in 2011.

More than 11 million litres of water is required over the course of the five day festival.

A man takes a tumble as festival goers struggle to walk in muddy conditions during the second day of the Glastonbury Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Tickets for Glastonbury 2013 sold out in a record one hour and 40 minutes when they were released last October.

Proceeds of the festival, which is estimated at around £2 million, will be donated to charity.

The festival has expanded in time for the 2013 show with the introduction of over a dozen new stages, including the Rum Shack and the Gully.

Two festival goers shelter under a colourful umbrella as rain falls during the second day of the Glastonbury 2013 Festival Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Michael Eavis, the festival organiser, has admitted he still feels lucky to host the famous festival saying:"We're still here, you know. I have to pinch myself every morning when I get out of bed - but it's still happening. It's great to be here."

The Rolling Stones are the main attraction at Glastonbury 2013, with the band set to play at Worthy Farm for the first time on Saturday night.

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