Main performers for event at Somerset's Worthy Farm are Arctic Monkeys, Rolling Stones and Mumford & Sons
Total of 135,000 tickets to this year's world famous festival sold out in less than two hours and cost £205 each
Weather is expected to be warm and mostly dry, quashing fears of another washout at festival famous for mud
Primal Scream, Smashing Pumpkins, Elvis Costello, The xx, Professor Green and Dizzee Rascal also performing
Festival reveller from Leeds gets down on one knee to propose to his sweetheart - while holding a can of cider
Police say 40 crimes were reported in the first day, 22 of which were thefts, and officers made total of 24 arrests
By MARK DUELL
Dancing at the sacred circle, jumping over campfires, inhaling laughing gas and partying until dawn - it can only be Glastonbury.
And these astonishing aerial photographs show the sprawling site of the world-famous festival, where the rain has stayed away so far for the thousands of music fans attending.
Sunshine even broke through the clouds over Worthy Farm in Somerset yesterday, as festival goers trudged miles with rucksacks, tents and sleeping bags to reach the campsites.
The site was due to open at 8am but flung open its doors an hour early to allow the streams of people in, at an estimated rate of 5,000 per hour. Some had even slept out in their cars overnight to be the first in line.
They carried their precious cargo of beer and cider in shopping trolleys, laundry baskets and wheelbarrows as they made their way across the 900-acre site to secure the best camping spots.
The main performances at the event, which had a fallow year in 2012 to coincide with the Olympic and Paralympic Games, will not start until tomorrow - when Arctic Monkeys will top the bill, followed by The Rolling Stones on Saturday night and Mumford & Sons closing the festival on Sunday.
Celebrities including Kate Moss are set to be among the festival goers, with Sir Mick Jagger even staying in Somerset to enjoy the weekend's festivities. Hundreds of festival-goers proved they had the moves like Jagger by taking part in a Jumping Jack Flashmob at Glastonbury.
The Jagger Off, arranged by two Rolling Stones fans to celebrate the band’s first appearance at the festival, saw crowds of people mimic Sir Mick’s trademark dance moves.
It was held near the Pyramid Stage, where the band will perform their headline set on Saturday night, under the watchful eye of a giant metal phoenix that is perching on top of the structure this year.
A sound system played classic Stones songs including Brown Sugar and Start It Up to about 400 fans. Organiser James Duke-Evans, 33, from south London, said: ‘It’s gone fantastically well.
‘When it got dreamed up late at night we thought it would be funny if 100 people turned up, but 3,500 joined the Facebook group in the end.
‘People like to get involved in something that’s not scripted and programmed. I’ve been told some people were looking forward to this more than the festival itself. And quite frankly - do you really want to live in a world where things like this don’t happen?’.
Sir Mick is expected to be on the festival site over the weekend, and is staying nearby with his family.
There is a chance he might even stumble upon the second ‘Jagger Off’, at the silent disco held in the early hours of Saturday morning.
‘I would imagine it’s on Jagger’s radar. I don’t think he can avoid it,’ said Mr Duke-Evans. ‘It’s a tribute to him. We’ve watched him for years and I hope he’ll be able to watch us if he sees the footage from today.’
Many of those performing the moves, which including the ‘finger waggle’ and ‘squeezing through a narrow doorway’, wore Jagger masks as a tribute to their musical hero.
Mark Forrest, 30, from Hackney, east London, had bought masks for all of his friends. He said: ‘It’s an excellent idea to start off the weekend by dancing to the Rolling Stones. I can’t wait to see them on Saturday and I’m really excited to see what the phoenix does.’
Some 135,000 ticket holders have been making their way on to the site at Worthy Farm, Somerset, since the festival flung open its doors yesterday morning. Campsites have been filling up quickly as music fans rushed to pitch their tents in the best spots.
They are set to be joined by celebrities, said to include Wayne and Colleen Rooney and Kate Moss, over the coming days. The main acts play from tomorrow, with other headline acts including The Arctic Monkeys and Mumford & Sons.
Police are hailing a successful start to the event, with crimes down from the last Glastonbury Festival in 2011.
In the first day, 40 crimes were reported, 22 of which were thefts, mostly from tents, and police made a total of 24 arrests, many of them over drugs.
There have been 24 drug-related offences but some of those involved were dealt with by way of a caution instead of arrest, Inspector Shirley Eden said.
Their first arrest of the festival was a person who tried to smuggle drugs into the site in a packet of fruit pastilles.
A police officer’s suspicion was raised by the fact the sweets had been hidden in a sock.
‘It looked like a bag of sweets but it turned out the sweets had been taken out and replaced with drugs,’ said the officer.