Glastonbury clean-up begins as 175,000 people leave site

For the past five days it has been home to some 175,000 people, but today the clean-up operation of Glastonbury Festival 2014 begins.

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Dolly Parton hits back at miming claims

Country music star Dolly Parton has hit back at critics who claim she mimed during her set at the Glastonbury festival.

Her performance on the Pyramid Stage attracted around 100,000 people - the largest crowd of the festival weekend.

The country star's Glastonbury show drew a massive crowd. Credit: Matt Crossick/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The singer told The Sun: "My boobs are fake, my hair's fake but what is real is my voice and my heart."

A spokesman for Parton, 68, also dismissed the claims, telling Bizarre magazine: “It’s ridiculous to suggest Dolly was miming. She’s been performing for more than 60 years — she doesn’t need to."

Glastonbury: The morning after

Around 175,000 people are heading home from the Glastonbury festival today, leaving an enormous trail of litter in their wake.

Workers will start the Glastonbury clean-up operation today. Credit: PA
Litter strewn around the Pyramid Stage, where Dolly Parton performed last night. Credit: PA
It could take six weeks until the land can be used again as working dairy farm. Credit: PA

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Litter pickers contemplate Glastonbury clean-up

For the past five days it has been home to some 175,000 people, but today the clean-up operation of Glastonbury Festival 2014 begins.

With the party officially over, campers have until 6pm to leave the site of the festival at Worthy Farm, Somerset, while crew and stall holders are given a week to clear their property.

The scene that greeted Glastonbury's litter picking crew this time last year. Credit: PA

Organisers said the priority for today is to get ticket holders off site before the clean-up can begin in earnest tomorrow.

A litter picking crew of up to 800 will begin to clear the huge site of rubbish, while volunteers began sifting through recycling yesterday.

Some rubbish has already been deposited at Glastronbury's recycling centre. Credit: PA

Tractors carrying magnetic strips will travel across the 1,200-acre site to pick up tent pegs while workers will carry out a fingertip search to make sure no inch of the land goes unchecked.

The mission to convert the land back into a functioning dairy could take up to six weeks.

Read: Dolly Parton wows 100,000 in Glastonbury's biggest crowd

Michael Eavis: Headliners booked for Glastonbury 2015

The organiser of Glastonbury has hailed this year's festival as a "great success" and said he already has next year's headliners sorted.

Farmer Michael Eavis said: "Myself, I think I can run another six years, which would take me up to about 50 years.. and then see what happens after that."

Michael collected the Best Festival award in February. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Mr Eavis said he remained hopeful that Prince would one day play. "We're always having a go at Prince, but you know it's up to him whether he wants to do it or not.

"Most of the people in the world want to play here so I did ask him to hop on the train and come down to Castle Cary station and I'll show him around the farm some time.

"It hasn't been taken up yet though."

He went on: "We've got three headliners for next year already. And that's without Prince.

Dolly Parton gets award before singing at Glastonbury

Dolly Parton was presented with the award by broadcaster Lauren Laverne and festival organiser Michael Eavis, joking that the huge framed picture was bigger than her.

Dolly Parton. Credit: Katja Ogrin/EMPICS Entertainment

Earlier Eavis said he - like most people on site - was excited about seeing the country queen perform. Many fans were paying homage to the star today with specially-made T-shirts and fancy dress outfits seen all over the site.

Among them was Gareth Griffiths, 23, who said: "There's so much more to her than just being a country star.

"As a lyricist and songwriter she's an absolute genius. She's going to perform a set that will be remembered for years to come."

Read: Dolly Parton 'excited' about playing Glastonbury

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Dolly Parton 'excited' about playing Glastonbury

Country legend Dolly Parton has said she plans to perform in dazzling white - despite the risk of mud - to ensure fans can make her out on the Pyramid Stage.

She said the conditions made her feel at home as she grew up in Tennessee on a farm and has even written a special song about it.

Dolly Parton was given an award backstage at Glastonbury Festival Credit: Katja Ogrin/EMPICS Entertainment

Dolly said was "excited" about playing the festival and could not believe she had never appeared before.

"This is going to be a big deal and because this is the biggest festival in the world, I even wrote a song about the mud, so I'll be doing that in the show," she said.

Read: Dolly Parton 'excited' about playing Glastonbury

Eavis to keep Glastonbury going for 'a few more years'

Michael Eavis is hoping to keep Glastonbury going for "a few more years," the 78-year old farmer who has been running the festival for 44 years said.

"Myself, I think I can run another six years, which would take me up to about 50 years.. and then see what happens after that."

People watch the Manic Street Preachers perform Credit: Matt Crossick/PA Wire

Mr Eavis, who organises the mammoth event with his daughter Emily, said he remained hopeful that Prince would one day play.

"We're always having a go at Prince, but you know it's up to him whether he wants to do it or not.

Glastonbury has been hailed as a "great success," despite the mud Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Festival goers watch a laser show and pyrotechnics at the Arcadia arena Credit: REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

"Most of the people in the world want to play here so I did ask him to hop on the train and come down to Castle Cary station and I'll show him around the farm some time.

"It hasn't been taken up yet though."

Read: Dolly Parton to grace Glastonbury stage on final day

Eavis: Metallica 'played like their lives depended on it'

Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis has hailed this year's festival as a "great success," saying last night's headliners, Metallica, had played "like their lives depended on it".

James Hetfield of Metallica performs. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The veteran rockers performed on the Pyramid stage last night, despite calls to ban the group after it emerged front man James Hetfield will narrate a TV series about hunting bears.

Metallica performs on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The heavy metal act burst into classic hit Creeping Death after showing a short film poking fun at the controversy their slot has created.

Robert Trujillo of Metallica performing on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festiva Credit: Matt Crossick/PA Wire

Eavis previously defended the decision to have Metallica as one of this year's three headliners on the Pyramid Stage, saying no other band had ever been so "keen" to play.

Read: Dolly Parton to grace Glastonbury stage on final day

Country star Dolly Parton heads to Glastonbury

Veteran country singer Dolly Parton is among the top acts to perform at Glastonbury this evening alongside rockers Kasabian, The Black Keys and electronic ensemble Massive Attack.

The event comes as Glastonbury transformed into 'Glastallica', as metal legends Metallica headlined the Pyramid Stage yesterday evening.

Dolly Parton due on the Pyramid Stage at 4.20pm to 5.30pm. Credit: PA
Kasabian headlines the Pyramid Stage at 9.45pm to 11.15pm. Credit: PA
Ed Sheeran on the Pyramid Stage at 6pm to 7pm. Credit: PA
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