Glastonbury live: Thursday updates and photos

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After three long years, Glastonbury is finally back this weekend. After a moving day yesterdaythousands more festival-goers are expected at the site today despite railway strikes and a thunderstorm warning.

Check out our live blog below for the latest photos, information, tweets and updates. We will be there from around 7am until the early hours of the next morning every day of the festival.

Let us know how you are doing by tagging @TheFestivalsUK on Twitter Where @TheFestivals.UK on Instagram.

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7:10 p.m. – William’s Green always crowded

William’s Green and the area around it are still almost completely filled. Bastille should perform a secret set within an hour, but if you’re not already there, it’s extremely unlikely you’ll get anywhere near it, so don’t go now.

The “secret set” is expected to be completed by 9:10 p.m. at the latest, when Elvana is due to take the stage. We expect the crowds to disperse in time for people to get to the area for Elvana and the rest of the evening’s lineup (although if you’re already there, it’s worth sticking around for Elvana – i.e. Elvis sings Nirvana, they’re brilliant!).

Earlier in the evening, organizers asked anyone not already in the William’s Green area to avoid it for “a few hours”, meaning roughly until after the secret set.


6:45 p.m. – More official photos from Thursday

Glastonbury organizers shared more stunning photos from the site today


3:00 p.m. – The sun is shining at the circus

Theater and circus grounds thrive in the sun as crowds enjoy indoor and outdoor entertainment.


1:05 p.m. – Met Office weather update

We always hope that showers or storms will completely miss the festival. They should pass relatively quickly if they hit Glasto – but if you can’t hold out until you dry off, you’ll want to have a waterproof coat with you around the site today.

Met Office chief forecaster Paul Gundersen said: “Our advice would be to have raincoats on hand for the rest of the festival. After a warm and at times sunny start to Thursday, it will become cloudier and there will be an increasing chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening, bringing a risk of torrential downpours.

“The exact location of the heaviest of these showers is still uncertain, but people can keep up to date with the latest forecasts and warnings via our website or app.”


12:10 p.m. – Kidzfield now open

Glastonbury’s popular Kidzfield is now open! In addition to completely free fairground attractions, today’s lineup includes Basil Brush, Wind in the Willows, Flying Seagull Project and Andy and the Odd Socks.


12:01 p.m. – Big cat “free” on site

A newspaper article claims that a big cat roams the festival.


11:55 am – Official photos of the first day

Glastonbury organizers shared stunning images from Wednesday night on their Facebook page.

Discover them here.


11:31 a.m. – Morning trains on time

Despite the biggest rail strikes in decades leading to a reduction in service to Glastonbury and the complete shutdown of much of the country, GWR today scheduled eight special trains between London Paddington and Glasto’s Castle Cary station. There are also three trains stopping at Glasto’ from Exeter St Davids via Taunton.

The last morning arrival was a minute late at 10:53 a.m. and the next arrival from London is scheduled for 12:08 p.m. With the first train of the day from Exeter arriving just ten minutes later at 12.18pm, the shuttles can get busy for a short while – although we don’t expect any major problems.


11:05 a.m. – Not on earth!

Glastonbury shared an image of one of the many “Don’t pee on the dirt!” panels distributed on the site.

With over 200,000 ticket holders and crew members in attendance, too much urine entering the local ecosystem can harm the environment of local rivers.

In 2019, a study by Bangor University found harmful levels of recreational drugs in local waterways after the festival.


10:10 a.m. – Check out today’s on-site newspaper

Today’s edition of the Glastonbury Free Press is now available free of charge. You’ll find it around the festival or in the dedicated tent at Glastonbury Free Press, where it’s been freshly printed on their vintage Heidelberg press.

Alternatively, it is available online in PDF format – click here to read today’s edition online.


9:01 am – Glastonbury from above

The BBC has shared this stunning aerial video of Worthy Farm.


8:44 a.m. – Happy birthday from Michael Eavis

Johnny is lucky enough to enjoy a Glasto birthday today plus he woke up to a card signed by festival founder Michael Eavis. Amazing, happy birthday Johnny!


8:15 am – Calm on the roads

It’s expected to be busier throughout the day, but we think the worst queues are now out of the way. With the railways on strike again today, the routes could be busier than in previous years, although some limited services will continue to serve the festival.


8:00 a.m. – Travel issues for Wolf Alice

Wolf Alice is scheduled to perform on the Pyramid Stage at 4.45pm tomorrow, but they are currently stuck in Los Angeles after their flight was cancelled.


7:57 a.m. – First train from London quiet

Despite today’s rail strike, a limited number of trains are heading to the festival from London Paddington. Alex shared this image just over an hour ago and says the first train to Glastonbury, which left at 7.44am, was only around 20% full. He is due to arrive at Castle Cary station at around 9.36am, where shuttle buses will be waiting to take people on the last few miles of the festival.


7:32 a.m. – And we’re back!

After an emotional return to the fields yesterday, our live blog is back for Thursday! Stick with us for photos and updates from Worthy Farm – plus travel and weather news as thousands more festival-goers descend on the site today.

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