Founder: Best Glastonbury yet

The founder of Glastonbury Festival, Michael Eavis, has said that in 43 years of running Britain's most famous musical event he has never put on a better one.

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Eavis: Prince Harry 'partied until four in the morning'

Prince Harry pictured in May this year. Credit: PA

Prince Harry gave Glastonbury the royal seal of approval by partying until the early hours of the morning, festival organiser Michael Eavis said today.

The prince was spotted backstage watching The Rolling Stones headline the Pyramid Stage last night and also enjoyed music at the Park and John Peel stages in yesterday's sunshine with girlfriend Cressida Bonas.

"I recommended that he should go on into the night, because the nightlife is what Glastonbury is all about," said Eavis.

"At three o'clock in the afternoon, you don't get it.

"I told him to get his taxi driver to come back at five o'clock in the morning and do you know what? He lasted until four in the morning."

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Eavis says this year's festival is best ever

Michael Eavis with the Pyramid Stage in the background. Credit: ITV News West Country

Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis has proclaimed this year's festival the best ever "without a shadow of a doubt".

He praised the Rolling Stones for their "mind boggling" energy and said how much he had enjoyed watching their show from the side of the stage.

100,000 people crammed into the field in front of the Pyramid stage to watch the Stones.

Michael Eavis talks to the media at Worthy Farm. Credit: ITV News West Country

Eavis also revealed that His Royal Highness Prince Harry was at the festival on Saturday. He watched the Rolling Stones and stayed on site to experience the true Glastonbury atmosphere with a group of his friends until 4am.

Asked how he would top the Rolling Stones next year, Eavis said he already had his three headliners organised for Glastonbury 2014, but refused to give any hints as to who they might be.


Mumford & Sons 'happy' to get on stage at Glastonbury

Mumford & Sons will return to the stage at Glastonbury together this evening after bassist Ted Dwane's recent operation to remove a blood clot on his brain.

It led to the band postponing three US concerts while he received treatment and subsequently recuperated.

Ted Dwane, Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett and Winston Marshall of Mumford & Sons Credit: Press Association

Speaking last week, keyboard player Ben Lovett said: "All we feel is incredibly grateful and happy that he's going to be OK, and that we're going to get back out on that stage at Glastonbury as four brothers and do what we do".

"Whenever we tour elsewhere then come back to Glastonbury, it always reminds us how brilliant it is to be British, and what a great British institution it is".

Glastonbury 2014 tickets to 'sell out in record time'

Next year's Glastonbury festival looks set to sell out in record time, according to bookmaker Ladbrokes.

The odds of tickets for the 2014 festival, on sale in October, selling out in record time were slashed to just 4/5 as the Rolling Stones came off stage.

It also looks like festival fans will continue to enjoy the music in the mud for at least another 7 years, with odds of 2/1 offered that the festival continues until after 2020. Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said:

The odds of Glastonbury 2014 selling out in record time tumbled as the Stones left the stage. Even without Jagger there next year anyone who missed out this time round will make sure they won't make the same mistake twice.

Mick Jagger makes Rolling Stones Glastonbury debut

One of the most eagerly awaited performances in Glastonbury Festival's history began with a bang tonight.

Lead singer Sir Mick Jagger, 69, takes the mic. Credit: PA

As the Rolling Stones took to the Pyramid Stage 10 minutes after they had been scheduled to start, fireworks flared on both sides of the crowds.

The Stones' performance is one of the most eagerly-anticipated in recent Glastonbury history. Credit: PA

Sir Mick Jagger, wearing a green glittered jacket, then bounded into view to launch into an energetic version of Jumping Jack Flash.

Mick Jagger from the Rolling Stones performs on the Pyramid Stage during the second performance day of the Glastonbury 2013. Credit: PA


Rolling Stones Glastonbury debut minutes away

Rolling Stones fans prepare to watch the band's debut Glastonbury appearance. Credit: PA

Glastonbury headliners The Rolling Stones are due on stage at 9.30pm on Saturday night.

Worthy Farm has become awash with Stones t-shirts and masks as tens of thousands of people prepare to watch them headline on the Pyramid Stage.

The viewing area has even been extended to allow for the crowds expected to be in place for the start of their set .

Costello plays Thatcher protest song at Glastonbury

Elvis Costello performs on the Pyramid stage at the Glastonbury Festival. Credit: PA

An anti-Margaret Thatcher protest song was performed at Glastonbury Festival today, just months after the former Prime Minister's death.

Elvis Costello, playing an afternoon set on the main Pyramid Stage, Costello introduced Tramp the Dirt Down by saying at the time he wrote it, many years ago, he thought everyone would have jetpacks by 2013.

The controversial song was broadcast as part of the BBC's coverage of the festival.

Costello, whose fans watching onstage included Mary McCartney and the Arctic Monkey's Alex Turner, told the audience that while he would not wish dementia on anyone: "The things she did to this country are still being done today."

Weird and wonderful outfits at Glastonbury

Azealia Banks performing at the Other Stage of Glastonbury Festival Credit: Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

Glastonbury visitors are not the only ones getting into the summer spirit by wearing wierd and wonderful outfits.

Laura Mvula performing at the Pyramid Stage of Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy farm in Somerset. Credit: Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment
Bobby Gillespie from Primal Scream performs during the second performance day of the Glastonbury 2013 Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
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