10 things you may not have known about Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis
Mick Jagger has tweeted his excitement for his first ever performance with The Rolling Stones at Glastonbury 2013.
A new 'holy thorn' is to be planted in the centre of Glastonbury this afternoon.
The Glastonbury Festival is up and running. 175 thousand people are expected to descend on Michael Eavis's famous farm over the next three days.
As ever, one of the big talking points will be the weather and there is a threat of heavy showers over the Pilton site in the next 24 hours or so.
Our Somerset Correspondent David Woodland, who has experienced many festivals, will be enjoying - and enduring - the festivities along with everyone else.
A 67-year-old woman has died at Glastonbury festival. Police say she died of natural causes last night, and they are not treating it as suspicious.
A 26-year-old man is in a 'life-threatening condition' after overdosing on the class B drug ketamine at Glastonbury festival.
Police are warning festival-goers of the dangers of taking illegal drugs. The man's family have been informed.
Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis has defended heavy metal band Metallica's headline appearance at Glastonbury.
He claims they have been 'the keenest and most persistent' band ever to play at the festival.
Dolly Parton has showed her fans she's ready for Glastonbury festival as she tweeted a picture of her ticket.
Gates for the event opened this morning and thousands have already arrived, though the majority of acts don't start until Friday.
The country and western star will be performing on Sunday.
1 - Glastonbury is the world's biggest open air arts and music festival
2 - it began the day after Jimi Hendrix died, in 1970.
3 - The attendance was a comparatively minuscule 1,500 with a £1 entrance fee and the offer of free milk from Worthy Farm.
4 - Mick Ringham was the very first Glastonbury DJ is now an estate agent.
5 - Glastonbury uses about 3000 megawatts of electricity over a single weekend which is similar to the city of Bath.
6 - The Festival site covers 900 acres in the mystical Vale of Avalon.
7 - The main stage, Pyramid, is on a ley line that connects Glastonbury to Stonehenge.
8 - According to legend, Pilton, where Worthy Farm is situated, was once visited by Jesus Christ and his great-uncle, Joseph of Arimathea, on their way to the tin and lead mines nearby.
9 - The 1998 festival saw the invention of a new sport, mud-surfing.
10 - In 2005, there was two months' rainfall in a few hours, with car parks left under water and canoes used as transport.
Thousands of people have begun arriving at Glastonbury - although the festival doesn't start until Friday. Our correspondent Dave Woodland joined the crowds at Worthy Farm as the gates opened this morning.