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Glastonbury 2019: First acts take to the stage in 84F heat

Glastonbury festival has finally kicked off in style as crowds of revellers enjoyed sweltering highs of 82F and glorious sunshine as the musical acts took to the stage for the first time this weekend.

Hundreds of thousands of festivalgoers have donned both their best summer outfits and lashings of suncream as they prepare to be entertained by the likes of Stormzy and George Ezra at Worthy Farm in Somerset. 

Regular attendees of the festival are used to being welcomed by mud slides and damp conditions, however this year many have been able to relax and slip off their wellies while topping up their tans.

Croydon-born grime artist Stormzy is currently second in the charts with his hit Vossi Bop and will make music history as the first act to headline this year’s event. 

Stormzy says he is ‘overwhelmed with emotions’ as he prepares to become the first black British solo artist to headline Glastonbury.  

Glastonbury revellers are waking up to blazing heat on Friday, with temperatures expected to reach upwards of 28C today

Revellers donned incredible outfits for the opening day of music at Glastonbury, with this woman rocking a Western-inspired outfit

A trio of revellers enjoy the weather at Glastonbury. The festival is giving away free sun lotion and water to combat the heat, and extra shaded areas will be opened if necessary

A trio of revellers enjoy the weather at Glastonbury. The festival is giving away free sun lotion and water to combat the heat, and extra shaded areas will be opened if necessary

Music lovers at Glastonbury made the most of the hot weather, opting for shorts and bikini tops ahead of what could be the 'hottest ever' weekend for the festival

Music lovers at Glastonbury made the most of the hot weather, opting for shorts and bikini tops ahead of what could be the ‘hottest ever’ weekend for the festival

The Met Office said temperatures could possibly reach the previous Glastonbury record of 31.2C (88.2F), set in 2017, at some point today

The Met Office said temperatures could possibly reach the previous Glastonbury record of 31.2C (88.2F), set in 2017, at some point today

Large crowds cheer enthusiastically as the Vaccines play on the Other Stage, as the sun beats down on them from above

Large crowds cheer enthusiastically as the Vaccines play on the Other Stage, as the sun beats down on them from above 

Festivalgoers enjoy the music on day three of Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm this afternoon as the sun continues to beat down today

Festivalgoers enjoy the music on day three of Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm this afternoon as the sun continues to beat down today

A group of girls at the Glastonbury by the Sea attraction on the third day of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset

A group of girls at the Glastonbury by the Sea attraction on the third day of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset

Bjorn Again perform on the Pyramid Stage as live music proceedings finally got going this morning after two days of setting up tents

Bjorn Again perform on the Pyramid Stage as live music proceedings finally got going this morning after two days of setting up tents

Three music lovers pose for the camera in their Glastonbury finery as live acts finally took to the stage this afternoon

Three music lovers pose for the camera in their Glastonbury finery as live acts finally took to the stage this afternoon

While some raced to the stages today for the first taste of live music of the weekend, others opted for a more chilled-out afternoon lazing in the sun

While some raced to the stages today for the first taste of live music of the weekend, others opted for a more chilled-out afternoon lazing in the sun

Festival-goers watch Tom Odell take to the stage as the crowds enjoyed a sweltering day in the sunshine at Glastonbury today

Festival-goers watch Tom Odell take to the stage as the crowds enjoyed a sweltering day in the sunshine at Glastonbury today

‘At 25-years-old, I am the second youngest solo act to ever headline Glastonbury, the youngest being a 24-year-old David Bowie in 1971.

‘I’m overwhelmed with emotions. This is the most surreal feeling I’ve ever experienced. I feel my entire life has led to this moment.’ 

Other acts to feature on the main stage on Friday are George Ezra, Ms Lauryn Hill, Bastille and Sheryl Crow, Tom Odell and Abba tribute act Bjorn Again.

Elsewhere, Tame Impala, John Hopkins, Interpol, and Cat Power are some of the other acts headlining stages across the site, which is the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world.

Describing the atmosphere at this year’s festival as ‘really good’, co-organiser Emily Eavis told BBC Radio 2: ‘I’m so excited about Stormzy tonight.’ 

‘I don’t know whether it’s because we had a year off that I’m feeling it incredibly strongly,’ she told Zoe Ball.

‘It’s so lovely. People are happy in good spirits and nice to each other and there’s a really good atmosphere. There’s nothing like it.’

Some people in the crowd lept onto the shoulders on their friends in a bid to get a better view of the stage in front of them

Some people in the crowd lept onto the shoulders on their friends in a bid to get a better view of the stage in front of them

Temperatures in Wales and the west country, including festival-goers at Glastonbury, could see temperatures of 30 or 31C on Friday

Temperatures in Wales and the west country, including festival-goers at Glastonbury, could see temperatures of 30 or 31C on Friday

A festivalgoer enjoys the atmosphere as she dons face paint and a unicorn hood as Bjorn Again perform on the Pyramid Stage

A festivalgoer enjoys the atmosphere as she dons face paint and a unicorn hood as Bjorn Again perform on the Pyramid Stage

Justin Hayward-Young of the Vaccines rocks out on the stage ahead of a host of big names to follow, including headliner Stormzy

Thousands clap along as musical act Bjorn Again, an ABBA tribute band, perform hit songs by the Swedish artists as the glorious sunshine beats down

Thousands clap along as musical act Bjorn Again, an ABBA tribute band, perform hit songs by the Swedish artists as the glorious sunshine beats down

One young girl gets the best view in the house as the Vaccines play on the Other Stage, while another smart-thinking reveller would probably prove unpopular with those behind due to their umbrella

One young girl gets the best view in the house as the Vaccines play on the Other Stage, while another smart-thinking reveller would probably prove unpopular with those behind due to their umbrella

Festival-goers' tents spread out on the hillside behind crowds listening to the music of Bjorn Again in the morning sunshine, on the Pyramid Stage on the third day of the Glastonbury Festival

Festival-goers’ tents spread out on the hillside behind crowds listening to the music of Bjorn Again in the morning sunshine, on the Pyramid Stage on the third day of the Glastonbury Festival 

It was a big night for many revellers on Thursday, meaning quite a few slow starts to proceedings this morning as shown

It was a big night for many revellers on Thursday, meaning quite a few slow starts to proceedings this morning as shown

The crowd react as British band The Vaccines play The Other Stage on day three of the Glastonbury Festival this afternoon

The crowd react as British band The Vaccines play The Other Stage on day three of the Glastonbury Festival this afternoon

Regular attendees of the festival are used to being welcomed by mud slides and damp condition, however this year many have been able to relax and slip off their wellies this while they top up their tans

Many of the hundreds of thousands in the crowds at this year's Glastonbury donned hats and sunglasses, as well as lashings of sun cream

Many of the hundreds of thousands in the crowds at this year’s Glastonbury donned hats and sunglasses, as well as lashings of sun cream

Abba tribute band Björn Again play The Pyramid Stage on day three of the Glastonbury Festival, the first day of live music

Abba tribute band Björn Again play The Pyramid Stage on day three of the Glastonbury Festival, the first day of live music

Pascaline Dubosc, 34, from France, washes herself with the help of Richard Gennings, 30, at the beginning of the third day of Glastonbury Festival

Pascaline Dubosc, 34, from France, washes herself with the help of Richard Gennings, 30, at the beginning of the third day of Glastonbury Festival

One reveller can't help but keep in his excitement as he sings along to a track from the Vaccines on the Other Stage this afternoon

One reveller can’t help but keep in his excitement as he sings along to a track from the Vaccines on the Other Stage this afternoon

Party vibes! One woman looked like she had aced her festival look as she was pictured wearing a petal boa and a dress

Party vibes! One woman looked like she had aced her festival look as she was pictured wearing a petal boa and a dress

The Worthy Farm event gets under way in earnest on Friday with the likes of Sheryl Crow, George Ezra, Lauryn Hill and headliner Stormzy on the bill.

The Worthy Farm event gets under way in earnest on Friday with the likes of Sheryl Crow, George Ezra, Lauryn Hill and headliner Stormzy on the bill.

Fun for all ages: Young music fans are given a helping hand by their fathers during the first day of live music at Glastonbury

Climate change and the environment is at the centre of this year's Glastonbury Festival, with several talks and debates planned across the site

Climate change and the environment is at the centre of this year’s Glastonbury Festival, with several talks and debates planned across the site

One smart-thinking festivalgoer dons a hat with a built-in camo umbrella to protect his head from the sweltering sunshine

One smart-thinking festivalgoer dons a hat with a built-in camo umbrella to protect his head from the sweltering sunshine

Overpriced camping products on sale at Glastonbury Festival – including £9 suncream 

Pictures are emerging of overpriced products on sale at Glastonbury Festival – including sun cream for £9.

Essential sanitary products and medicines on sale at a ‘Camping Accessories’ stand are priced higher than in supermarkets.

Included are packets of paracetamol priced at £3.50, bars of soap for £1, Colgate toothpaste at £3, sun cream for £9 and a self-inflating mattress for £28.

A 62-pack of baby wipes can be purchased for 55p in supermarkets while a 16-pack of 500ml paracetamol costs 50p on the high street.

Regular Colgate toothpaste costs £1 in supermarkets, while factor 50 sun cream can be bought for £3.

Self-inflating mattresses retail online for as little as £11.

The 2019 festival, attended by 135,000, runs from June 26 to June 30.

Thousands arrived at the festival site yesterday, with around 203,000 revellers due on the site over the weekend.

The packed-out festival will host artists including Kylie Minogue, The Killers, The Cure and even U.S. star Miley Cyrus on the famous Pyramid stage. 

As revellers arrived yesterday, many got into the festival spirit almost immediately, cracking open beers and bottles of wine.

Police officers were even spotted getting in on the fun and were photographed in their full uniforms with a group of festival goers.

Festival-goers are expected to enjoy dry and sunny weather, according to the Met Office, with temperatures predicted to reach 29C (84.2F) today at around 4pm.

Climate change and the environment is at the centre of this year’s Glastonbury Festival, with several talks and debates planned across the site.

The festival has banned single-use plastic bottles and urged those attending to bring their own re-usable bottle that can be re-filled for free.

Campers have been urged to bring sturdy tents and take them home, with the festival seeing an 81% reduction in abandoned tents in 2017 from previous years.

All cups, plates and cutlery at the festival are biodegradable and waste is hand-sorted to ensure as much as possible is processed by the on-site recycling centre.

The Killers and The Cure will headline the event on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Standard tickets for this year’s event sold out in just 36 minutes.

Dancing queens: A crowd of women donning summery outfits and sunglasses get into a  party mood as an ABBA tribute act take to the stage

Dancing queens: A crowd of women donning summery outfits and sunglasses get into a  party mood as an ABBA tribute act take to the stage

Today will see a whole host of stars taking the the stage, with the Pyramid stage welcoming rapper Stormzy, Paradise singer George Ezra, American singer-song writer Ms. Lauryn Hill as well as Brit Award-winning band Bastille

Today will see a whole host of stars taking the the stage, with the Pyramid stage welcoming rapper Stormzy, Paradise singer George Ezra, American singer-song writer Ms. Lauryn Hill as well as Brit Award-winning band Bastille

Croydon-born grime artist Stormzy is currently second in the charts with his hit Vossi Bop and will make music history as the first act to headline this year's event

Croydon-born grime artist Stormzy is currently second in the charts with his hit Vossi Bop and will make music history as the first act to headline this year’s event

A reveller holds on to an inflatable bed as he joins thousands of others at the farm for a weekend of live music and fun

A reveller holds on to an inflatable bed as he joins thousands of others at the farm for a weekend of live music and fun 

Two festivalgoers crack on with their breakfast this morning ahead of a big day of music and dancing at Glastonbury later

Two festivalgoers crack on with their breakfast this morning ahead of a big day of music and dancing at Glastonbury later

Mums pushing buggies make their way across the festival grounds first thing this morning as the sun begins to beat down

Mums pushing buggies make their way across the festival grounds first thing this morning as the sun begins to beat down

Festival life: Two revellers are pictured this morning after a long night of dancing and fun, with live music finally kicking off today

Festival life: Two revellers are pictured this morning after a long night of dancing and fun, with live music finally kicking off today

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