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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Dizzee Rascal performs at Glastonbury

Dizzee Rascal on the Pyramid Stage
Dizzee Rascal on the stage at Glastonbury Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Dizzie Rascal has delighted the crowds at this year's Glastonbury festival.

Alt J made their debut at the Somerset festival, after only announcing that they would be taking to the stage early this morning.

Alt J perform at Glastonbury
Alt J perform at Glastonbury Credit: John Rahim/EMPICS Entertainment
The audience get into the flow at Glastonbury
The audience get into the flow at Glastonbury Credit: John Rahim/EMPICS Entertainment

Wayne Rooney stopped by Glastonbury security

Wayne and Coleen Rooney are stopped by security at Glastonbury
Wayne and Coleen Rooney are stopped by security at Glastonbury Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Wayne and Coleen Rooney were stopped by security guards as the attempted to get backstage of the Pyramid Stage at this year's Glastonbury Festival.

A host of colourful characters have been spotted touring the site in Somerset.

Read: Set list for Friday headline acts at Glastonbury 2013

Peaches Geldof (right) backstage during the first performance day of the Glastonbury 2013
Peaches Geldof (right) backstage during the first performance day of the Glastonbury 2013 Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Many colourful characters are at the festival this year
Many colourful characters are at the festival this year Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

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Artists kick off first day of Glastonbury

Musical artists have graced the stages of Glastonbury, as the five day event kicked off with a performance with Britpop legend Liam Gallagher and his band Beady Eye.

Rita Ora brought a touch of glamour to Pyramid Stage in a red fringed outfit as the sun blazed over the revellers during the afternoon.

Rapper Professor Green, American singer-songwriter Solange and artist Jake Bugg were also in the lineup earlier today.

Rita Ora performing on the Pyramid Stage, at the Glastonbury Festival. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Jake Bugg performs during the first performance day of the Glastonbury Festival. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Solange performs on the Park stage. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Professor Green performs at the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury. Credit: John Rahim/EMPICS Entertainment

Friday times for headlining acts at Glastonbury

Arctic Monkeys will be going up against Portishead and Chic on the first night of Glastonbury. Here is a list of times for the top acts of the night:

  • The Vaccines - 18:30 – 19:30: Pyramid Stage
  • ALT-J - 19:30 – 20:30: Other Stage
  • Tom Tom Club - 19:00 – 20:00: West Holts Stage
  • Dizzee Rascal - 20:15 – 21:30: Pyramid Stage
  • Foals - 21:00 – 22:00: Other Stage
  • Seasick Steve - 20:30 – 21:30: West Holts Stage

Headlining Acts

  • Artic Monkeys - 22:15 – 23:45: Pyramid Stage
  • Portishead - 22:30 – 23:45: Other Stage
  • Chic & Nile Rogers - 22:15 – 23:45: West Holts Stage

Rita Ora thanks fans after Glastonbury performance

Rita Ora thanked fans after performing on the Pyamid Stage at Glastonbury Festival today.

She performed hits We Run the Night and Hot Right Now, telling fans: "We're here to celebrate music today, am I right?

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We did it!!!!!!!! Glastonbury my life has changed forever!!!!!! Thank you!!! Pyramid stage! Main Stage!!! Thank you!!'

Dalai Lama's monks due to perform at Glastonbury

The Gyuto Monks of Tibet are among the hundreds of performers due to play at Glastonbury Festival. The Monks, who are signed to Decca Records, are taking a break from their tour in Australia with the Dalai Lama to perform at the festival's Green Fields.

The Dalai Lama has given his support for the performance, saying: "The work that the Gyuto monks do in the West has my full support."

The Gyuto Monks of Tibet pose with wellies at Glastonbury Festival. Credit: Jim Ross/PA

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Professor Green 'never dreamed' of Glastonbury gig

British rapper Professor Green could hardly contain his excitement as he prepares to perform at Glastonbury.

"I was like a kid on Christmas Eve last night. Everyone's here for the same reason - to have a good time", he said ahead of the event.

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Drove right up to the stage. Glastonbury pyramid. Can't believe this is about to happen! http://t.co/JKvFnWDjus

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Nearly that time. 90 minutes and I'm walking out on a stage I never dreamed I'd be on. #glastonbury CAN'T WAIT!

Glastonbury back in Liam Gallagher's 'good books'

Liam Gallagher and his band Beady Eye performing on The Other Stage, Glastonbury. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Former Oasis singer Liam Gallagher has declared that Glastonbury is "back in the good books", after his band Beady Eye kicked off the festival.

He had previously complained about the sound system at the festival after Oasis played on the Pyramid stage in 2004.

But speaking backstage immediately after the performance, he said: "I was probably just having a bad day. I take it back. I just had a bad experience last time."

Gallagher said the festival had got better, crediting the organisers for its success.

Glastonbury crime down 30 per cent

Crime at the Glastonbury festival is down 30 per cent from the last time the event was held, according to police.

As of this morning, there had been 107 crimes compared with 153 at the same point in 2011.

Policemen pictured at Glastonbury 2013. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

There have been 62 thefts from tents, compared with 57 at the same point in 2011, and 32 drug-related offences.

Police have issued warnings to festival-goers urging them to look after their possessions when in crowded areas as the music gets under way today.

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