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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Metallica roar into Glastonbury as act welcomed

Glastonbury became "Glastallica" tonight as Metallica headlined the Pyramid Stage. The heavy metal act burst into classic hit Creeping Death after showing a short film poking fun at the controversy their slot has created.

After playing For Whom The Bell Tolls and Wherever I May Roam, frontman James Hetfield told the massive audience the band was "proud" to be able to "represent, shall we say, the heavier side of music".

James Hetfield (left) and Kirk Hammett of Metallica Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The air was lit up with red and gold flashing lights as enthusiastic members of the huge crowd headbanged along.

As anticipation built ahead of the Californian four-piece appearing on stage, a film mash-up showing the bandmates dressed in bear costumes shooting at fox hunters was shown on the large screens on either side.

Robert Trujillo of Metallica performing on the Pyramid Stage Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire


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66 arrests and 110 crimes committed at Glastonbury

Avon and Somerset Police said there had been 66 arrests and around 110 crimes so far - around a third fewer than this time last year.

"The festival is going very well so far from our perspective although we're certainly not going to be complacent.

"In the first couple of days we made some positive arrests of people we believe had come with the intent to commit crime.

"However, you still need to be sensible as you continue to enjoy all the entertainment on offer.

"Remember too that if you hold your phones up in the air they are easy to grab so think about leaving the photos and simply enjoying the moment!"

– Inspector Liz Hughes

Metallica to perform at Glastonbury despite ban calls

Metallica is among several big names to headline at Glastonbury Festival today. The veteran rockers are due to perform on the Pyramid stage at 9.45pm, despite calls to ban the group after it emerged front man James Hetfield will narrate a TV series about hunting bears.

Artists Jake Bugg and influential crooner Bryan Ferry will be headlining on the Other and West Holts stage this evening.

James Hetfield (left) and Kirk Hammett of Metallica Credit: PA
Jake Bugg performs during the first performance day of the Glastonbury Festival last year Credit: PA
Bryan Ferry to headline at Glastonbury Credit: PA


Arcade Fire headline Glastonbury despite earlier storm

Canadian rockers Arcade Fire ensured the first day of main music at Glastonbury ended with a bang tonight as they headlined the Pyramid Stage.

Arcade Fire performing on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Fireworks went off ahead of their set while several people in the audience let off colourful flares as they played.

Frontman Win Butler told the crowd: "Thank you for the flares. It's pretty amazing. Hope you didn't get arrested."

Arcade Fire performing on the Pyramid Stage Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Lightning strikes and the Pyramid Stage is switched off

Lightning amid a thunderstorm over Glastonbury Festival saw the organisers switch off the Pyramid Stage during a set my Rudimental.

Lightning in the sky over the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival. Credit: Matt Crossick/PA Wire
The Rudimental set on the Pyramid Stage is stopped. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Rudimental on the Pyramid Stage before lightning struck. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Rudimental tweet after set cut short due to lightning

Rudimental were on stage this evening at Glastonbury when they were forced to cut their performance short due to an electrical storm.

The band tweeted:

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