THOUSANDS of music lovers were today gearing up for the official start of this year's Glastonbury Festival with fingers crossed for sunshine over rain.
The keenest revellers crossed the festival gates at 10am on Wednesday and by mid afternoon yesterday some 60,000 festival goers had set up camp on the Worthy Farm site at Pilton, Somerset.
The rest of the 115,000 ticket holders were flocking to the scene to catch the first day of music featuring Oasis, Nelly Furtado, Groove Armada and PJ Harvey.
But they took timer out to cheer the England footballers on (pictured) in their ultimately fateful clash with hosts Portugal last night.
Paul McCartney, the first member of The Beatles to play at the festival, is headlining on Saturday while Muse and Morrisey are due to take to the main stage on Sunday with more than 300 bands playing over the weekend.
More unusual aspects of this year's event include the English National Opera who are playing a piece from Wagner's Ring Cycle on Sunday afternoon, women-only toilets called Shee-pee urinals and police touring the site on bikes.