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Jeremy Corbyn pulls out of Glastonbury appearance

Jeremy Corbyn Credit: PA

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has announced that he's pulling out of a planned visit to the Glastonbury Festival tomorrow.

A spokesman said that he's "focusing on the issues" thrown up by the "momentous" EU referendum results.

He was due to appear on the Left Field stage at an event organised by singer and activist Billy Bragg.

Mr Corbyn's visit was announced three months ago. He would have been the first Labour leader to appear at Pilton.

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Mud delays start of music on Glastonbury stage

The start of music on the Other Stage at Glastonbury was postponed today because the grass was water-logged. Organisers were forced to keep back the crowd and lay down wood chippings to soak up the mud. After a delay of nearly an hour the festival organiser Michael Eavis cut a ribbon to get the music underway saying that it was a "gloomy morning for many reasons".

Crowds held back because of mud Credit: ITV West Country

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Latest from the Glastonbury Festival queues

Glastonbury Festival has tweeted this warning to people queuing to come on site.

Long tailbacks near the Glastonbury Festival site earlier today Credit: ITV News

It follows long queues earlier today, after mud caused problems accessing the festival site at Pilton, although some late sunshine quickly dried much of the ground.

A city of tents taking shape in the sunshine Credit: ITV News

Statement following Sir Elton John queues

Sir Elton John in concert Credit: PA

Westpoint Exeter, which hosted last night's concert by Sir Elton John, has issued a statement following the event.

Many people complained of long queues around the venue:

Here is the full text of the statement:

Last night’s Elton John concert was the largest single music event that Westpoint Exeter has hosted and attracted a thoroughly entertained audience of 15,000.

Unfortunately, with the adverse weather, exacerbated by unforeseen difficulties on the M5, reported on the day by the Highways Agency, some customers experienced delays in reaching the venue. Such factors are unfortunately beyond the control of the event organisers.

Westpoint Exeter who dealt with traffic management for the event worked closely with the various agencies, to plan how people would arrive and leave the site.

Elton performed a set containing 26 songs including a 2 song encore and lasting a staggering two and half hours. The steady rain did not deter the crowd from singing and dancing along to hits such as ‘I’m Still Standing’, ‘Saturday Night’ and ‘Crocodile Rock’. Elton responded by thanking them for their loyalty throughout his career.

In response to queries about timings, an information leaflet sent to all ticket purchaser’s made clear that gates opened at 4PM and the concert started at 6PM. It also made clear that purchasers should allow ample time to arrive at the venue and make their way to their seats. The support act, Foy Vance, took to the stage at 6.10PM with the headline act, Elton John, taking to the stage close to 7PM.

The T&Cs, which purchasers agree to when purchasing their tickets, make clear that: refunds are only given in the event that the concert is cancelled and; this is an outdoor concert, which will take place even in the event of inclement weather.

Anyone requiring further information about traffic management in relation to this event can contact Westpoint Exeter directly at info@westpointexeter.co.uk

Westpoint apologises for Elton John traffic chaos

Westpoint has apologised to Elton John fans who couldn't get to tonight's concert on time because of traffic problems around the Exeter venue. Some reported being stuck in jams for up to four hours.

We are extremely sorry for the long delays people have experienced getting here tonight. A mixture of issues have contributed to the traffic. With regards to refund requests, customers will need to contact the box office they purchased the tickets through in the morning.

– Westpoint, Exeter

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Rod Stewart fans let down by ticket scam

Rod Stewart in concert in Germany on 1 June Credit: ITV News

Music fans turned up for a Rod Stewart concert in Plymouth tonight, 7 June, only to find themselves victims of an online scam.

They paid hundreds of pounds through a ticketing website - but arrived at Home Park to find there were no tickets in their name.

Janice Hilder is one of the victims, losing more than £250 with no chance of seeing the star.

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