Spirits were high today as Glastonbury revellers crawled out of their tents to tuck into cooked breakfasts and take cold outdoor showers as they prepared enjoy day jammed-full of performances by some of music’s greats.
Thousands of music fans camping out on the sprawling Worthy Farm in Somerset, woke up to good news today after the festival’s co-organiser Emily Eavis confirmed that the Arctic Monkeys would be headlining on the Pyramid Stage tonight.
The group’s much anticipated performance was thrown in doubt earlier in the week after the band cancelled its performance in Dublin due to sickness.
But festival-goers minds were put at ease when Ms Eavis confirmed ‘they’re on’, adding ‘it was a little bit close there for a minute and we were thinking about whether we should have a serious back-up plan in place, but no, thankfully they’re on’.
Happy campers were treated to dry weather over night with temperatures expected to hit 25C during the day today, according to the Met Office.
Happy campers were seen enjoying their breakfast in the sunshine at Glastonbury Festival this morning
Others were seen stripping down for cold outdoor showers as they got ready to take on day three of the festival
Revellers filled up their water as many crawled out of their heads on Friday at Worthy Farm
A pair help wash each other’s hair while in swimming costumes at the Worthy Farm festival
Friends lounge outside their campsite as they await a jam-packed day full of performances from music stars
Festivalgoers queue for a morning coffee ahead of Friday’s line-up
Many festivalgoers were seen enjoying their breakfast outdoors basking in the warm morning weather, while others braved the cold water stripping down to their underwear to shower.
In a statement, a spokesman for the national weather service said: ‘The weather is set fair for much of the weekend at Glastonbury Festival with only a small chance of a shower.
‘Friday and Saturday should see a good deal of dry, bright weather with some sunny spells, albeit hazy at times, with highs in the mid-20s, with some warm nights to follow once the sun goes down.
‘Sunday will see some warm sunshine at first, though a few showers are possible through the afternoon, though these will be hit and miss in nature.
‘Conditions look set to freshen up from Monday as temperatures fall closer to average.’
Ahead of the Arctic Monkeys, Carley Rae Jepson, Maisie Peters and Sparks will perform with Hozier confirming he will be one of the surprise acts performing at the festival this Friday evening.
Posting on social media this morning, he wrote: ‘Thrilled to announce I’ll be playing @glastofest again in a not-so-secret set this evening (Friday). See you at 7.30pm, WoodSIES stage.’
Speaking on Zoe Ball’s BBC Radio 2 programme this morning, Ms Eavis appeared to accidentally confirm rumours that Rick Astley and Blossoms will play a secret set this weekend.
Joe Wicks held a workout session for an energetic crowd at the festival this morning
He was seen leading the crowd as they star jumped on Worthy Farm ahead of tonight’s festivities
Children and adults alike were seen jumping up and down during the event
The workout took place in the glorious sunshine, with temperatures expected to reach 25C later today
The other major rumour of the day is in relation to a mystery band named The Churnups who are listed to perform ahead of rock duo Royal Blood and Arctic Monkeys, with speculation that could be a cover name for Foo Fighters.
Addressing the rumblings, Eavis said: ‘To be honest, I think there’s a lot of rumours that are circulating about The Churnups one of which is true.
‘I don’t think I can completely confirm but it’s coming soon.
‘But this is a huge, huge, huge, huge surprise and we have kept this secret for so long, just me and (her husband) Nick, we didn’t even tell the kids we were like ‘Nobody can know this’ and I think it’s going to be extraordinary later.’
Fitness fanatic and YouTube star Joe Wicks was seen warming up the thousands in a very energetic crowd this morning.
He was seen running around on the Gateway Riser stage while cheery revellers copied him.
The third day of the festival will also host film screenings, theatre and circus performances and a debate titled Solidarity With Iran which will include British-Iranian charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who was imprisoned there for six years.
It comes as ticketless fans have been trying to break their way into the festival by scaling the giant 13ft walls that surround the farm.
Two Glastonbury gatecrashers documented their illegal break in which involved using grappling hooks ‘like batman’ to pull themselves over the fence.
The two young men documented their journey to the festival site, which included a long walk through fields, muddy ditches and woodland before their arrival.
In the video on TikTok the pair announced ‘today people we are breaking into Glastonbury’ and began their journey in West Pennard, around four miles from the festival each carrying camping rucksacks.
Eventually the unnamed youngsters in the video found their way to a clearing that looked directly down onto the sprawling music festival, with the famous Pyramid Stage in clear view.
They then fumbled their way down through dense woodland before approaching the looming gates. At this point they took at our their grappling hooks, pulling themselves up the side.
While they did not manage to film themselves directly pulling themselves into the festival, the video later shows them in what appears to be a security tent, surrounded by guards protecting the festival from intruders.
The Glastonbury gatecrashers, who shared their break-in on TikTok, used grappling hooks to try and get over the 13ft perimeter wall
The unnamed youngsters in the video found their way to a clearing that looked directly down onto the sprawling music festival, with the famous Pyramid Stage in clear view
One of the mischievous pair said while being detained, ‘It’s not good. Try again next year boys’ while a laughing security guard said ‘if you come back here again I’ll put you in a cell myself’.
And they are not the first ones to break in this year. Security guards already revealed that they have been fighting the desperate revellers trying to sneak in all week.
One security worker told The Times: ‘They try to come in under the wall. It’s like The Great Escape but in reverse.’
Another said: ‘It’s wild. We’ve had to chase people down who bolted through the gates with their bags on, and some use grappling hooks to pull panels off the wall and climb over, like Batman.’
Sunbelt Rentals, who designed and installed the huge 4.12m high and 7.8km long walls, said they are ‘virtually impenetrable’. Nevertheless, those without tickets have tried to take their chances.
Last year Kingfisher Security, who helps stop people entering the site, said that there were 127 incidents of gatecrashing.