While campers were pictured wearing Wellington boots and anoraks, waterproof clothing may not be necessary this year. Glastonbury is traditionally a mud-fest with rain often flooding the site, but temperatures are set to soar this weekend. As he welcomed the crowds, farm owner and event organiser Michael Eavis, 83, said: “The weather looks great.”
The mercury is expected to hit 89F (32C) tomorrow when British rapper Stormzy headlines and it will reach a scorching high of 95F (35C) on Saturday when US rockers The Killers take to the Pyramid Stage.
Banned However, by the time Kylie Minogue is on stage on the Sunday afternoon “Legends slot” conditions will have cooled off to a fresher 68F (20C).
Organisers urged the 200,000 people coming to bring their own reusable water bottles to the 900-acre site, as 2019 marks the first year that single-use plastic bottles are banned.
Emily Eavis, 40, who organises the festival with her father, said the ban would stop more than a million plastic bottles being used.
“I really hope that everyone will leave Worthy Farm this year knowing that even small, everyday changes can make a real difference,” she said.
Standard £248 tickets for the five-day event sold out in just 36 minutes.
The eclectic line-up includes music stars as diverse as US singer Miley Cyrus, actor and jazz pianist Jeff Goldblum, Seventies psychedelic rockers Hawkwind while Luther star Idris Elba will be performing a DJ set.