Glastonbury Festival 2024 gates open to music lovers

By Lili Sheppard, BBC News, West of England • Sarah Turnnidge, BBC News, West of England

The green gates to Worthy Farm were opened by Emily Eavis

The gates to Glastonbury Festival 2024 have officially opened.

Organiser Emily Eavis unbolted the gates to the site at 08:00 BST on Wednesday, as she has done with her father Sir Michael Eavis in previous years.

Thousands of ticket holders have begun filtering into the site, which is set to benefit from a sunny week with temperatures forecast to hit 27C on Wednesday before cooling down for the rest of the week.

To celebrate the opening of the world-famous festival there will be a drone show at 22:30 BST on Wednesday, ahead of the traditional fireworks.

grey placeholderEmily Eavis opening the gates to the festival. She is talking with her hands held up in the air, as people film and take pictures behind her.

Emily Eavis led festival goers in a countdown before they surged on to the field

Accompanied by a small brass band, Ms Eavis led festival goers in a countdown before they surged on to the field in the hopes of securing a prime camping spot.

Carmel and Phil Cole, from South East London, said they had been queuing since 02:00 BST.

“It’s our 10th festival, but we haven’t been for four years,” they said.

“We can’t wait to get on site and enjoy the festival.”

For Meghan Wood, 28, from London, it is the first time she has attended the festival.

“I’m so excited, I can’t wait,” she said.

“I’ve been wanting to go since I was a teenager and I finally got tickets, I’m so excited. Looking forward to seeing Coldplay.”

grey placeholderTom and Emma at the entrance to the site holding backpacks and a large wheelbarrow.

Tom and Emma Naysmith travelled from Bradford-on-Avon for the event

Tom and Emma Naysmith, from Bradford-on-Avon, in Wiltshire, said they were “a bit tired, but excited to be here”, adding “hopefully we’ve got everything”.

The five-day festival runs from Wednesday to Monday, with performances on the main music stages beginning on Friday.

Gabija Lauce, 28, from Lithuania, said: “I’ve been to Glastonbury before, this is my second time.

“I’m really excited to be here, and I know my way around now.”

grey placeholderThousands of people can be seen queueing up outside the festival in a bid to find the best camping spot.

The gates were officially opened early on Wednesday morning

Coldplay, Shania Twain, Dua Lipa and SZA are amongst those headlining the Pyramid stage.

Whilst other artists such as Camila Cabello, Disclosure, James and Two Door Cinema Club will be performing on the Other Stage and West Holts throughout the weekend.

Live coverage from the festival can be watched on BBC television and the iPlayer.

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