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Last Updated: Monday, 27 June, 2005, 08:44 GMT 09:44 UK
Glastonbury 2005: Reporter's log
By Ian Youngs
BBC News entertainment reporter at Glastonbury

Thousands of fans spent the weekend at Michael Eavis' farm at Pilton, Somerset, for the 2005 Glastonbury Festival. BBC News entertainment reporter Ian Youngs was among the crowds and has been filing regular updates on events at the festival.

Monday 27 June: 0850 BST

Three days ago, I waded along the banks of the overflowing Whitelake river to fetch wellies from my car.

Today the same path has returned to being dry and firm and the river has gone back to being a steady, low stream.

Revellers at Glastonbury

This will be remembered as the flooded Glastonbury. The deluge was dramatic at the time and disastrous for those whose tents were overwhelmed.

But after the severe but brief downpours, most fans soon got back to the business of having a good time with remarkable ease.

In many ways, it was better to have had all the rain in one short, sharp burst.

Constant light rain would have been more depressing, and the authorities were able to deal with much of the mud by the end of the weekend.

Glastonbury always looks like a bit of a war zone on a Monday morning at the best of times, and the clean-up operation has already begun.

Litter-pickers are out in force, the stages are being dismantled and green patches are reappearing on the fields as tents are packed up.

And it is quiet - which, for Glastonbury, is very eerie.

The exodus of refugees is under way, with everyone on a massive comedown as a return to reality looms after a weekend to remember.

Monday 27 June: 0035 BST

This was supposed to be Kylie's night, but in the end Basement Jaxx proved to be worthy replacements.

They really know how to put on a show. The music is pumped-up feel-good pop and the flamboyant singers turned in a great performance.

There were constant costume changes - cart-wheeling on to stage in a cheerleader's outfit at one point, wearing a chain of bullets for another song, and later dancing in stilettos.

They were not Kylie - she would have been something special - but they ended the festival with a bang.

Sunday 26 June: 1445 BST

It may be the last day and it may be sunny, but the battle with the mud continues.

Mechanical diggers are scraping out some quagmires, and hay is being laid down in more watery areas.

Meanwhile, fresh farm milk is being sold from trailers with the cry: "Keep your pecker up all night, boys, with milk."

Sunday 26 June: 1345 BST

George Galloway
George Galloway, pictured on Saturday at the festival
Who should come strolling through the backstage area, wearing a pink shirt and clutching a cigar, but George Galloway MP?

He was speaking yesterday and again today in the Green Futures field about "capitalism, poverty, war, and how to beat it", he tells me.

The Respect MP said he thought the festival was "terrific".

"I'm really enjoying it, I'm looking forward to seeing Van Morrison this afternoon," he added.

Sunday 26 June: 1250 BST

My hay fever has come back with a vengeance, which can only mean one thing - the sun has come back.

The heat has returned for the festival's final day, the mood is appropriately sunny and the mud is starting to dry out.

I am thinking about venturing out without my wellies for the first time since Friday morning - which hopefully will not be tempting fate.

Sunday 26 June: 0200 BST

Chris Martin is rapidly becoming one of Britain's great eccentrics at the age of 28.

Chris Martin

In Coldplay's Saturday headline slot at Glastonbury, he thanked the festival's founder by writing Michael on his right knee and Eavis on his left.

Then there were his armpits. His long-sleeved black shirt had slits in the armpits. There were no tufts of hair poking through, but still, it was rather odd.

A few other touches confirmed his ease with such a big stage. He took some photos of the crowds before throwing his camera into the audience.

He changed his lyrics off the cuff, running out of things to sing at one point, while he showed his sense for the surreal when dedicating one song.

"This is for Johnny Cash," he began solemnly. "And my dad also. And for Gay Dad, who played here some years ago. And for My Two Dads - remember My Two Dads?"

Overall, it was a triumph. I just wish I had not been standing next to a woman who spent half the set pestering me to put the Little Britain catchphrase "Ooh, you're gorgeous" into my copy.

There it is, you nutter, wherever you are.

Saturday 25 June: 1645 BST

The Glastonbury moments are coming thick and fast. Over at the acoustic stage the tent was packed for Chas & Dave.

I could see just enough to make out that every pair of arms in the tent was swaying in the air. Time for a comeback?

Saturday 25 June: 1615 BST

Glastonbury crowd

Bob Geldof is one of the few people who can make tens of thousands of people in a field shut up and listen.

When Michael Eavis gave him an emotional introduction on the Pyramid Stage, for the "Make Poverty History moment", the crowd gave them both heroes' welcomes. With the threat of cynicism creeping into the public's perception of Bob Geldof, there was a chance of a dodgy reception.

But that did not happen. He told fans they didn't have to join hands for the show of support, but everybody I saw did, and without too much awkwardness. He swept them up with the power of his personality. When he finished there were a few tears and hugs, before everyone got back to the rock action.

Saturday 25 June: 1535 BST

Deckchairs at Glastonbury
A civilised way to catch the bands
As well as the Cath Kidston tents, the other must-have accessory for this year's discerning festival-goer appears to be a folding camping chair.

There are ranks of them on the Pyramid field. It reminds me of seaside towns where ageing folk sit in rows of deckchairs in front of a bandstand.

Some may say they're not very Glastonbury, but at least they are a good way to sit down without getting muddy.

Saturday 25 June: 0945 BST

Muddy man
Some enjoy the mud more than others
The person who said mud was glorious was having a laugh.

I think I now have at least a bit of mud on just about everything I own, and there are still two days to go.

Even the shortest trip to the toilet requires yanking wellies on and off and clumping through loads of the sticky stuff.

It is overcast here now and looks like it could either brighten up or go rapidly downhill again.

The forecast says there will be sunny intervals. I just hope it is right.

Saturday 25 June: 0100 BST

Glastonbury silent disco

The silent disco is slightly bizarre. With the headphones on, you are enveloped in sound and it would be easy to get lost in the music in your own little world - an insular rather than communal experience.

With the headphones off, it is a bunch of people dancing to nothing, which is equally strange.

But by taking the headphones off, at least you can actually hear other people speak, unlike most clubs.

I just wish the disco near my tent was silent.

Friday 24 June: 1645 BST

Ian Youngs - with wellies on
The rain has stopped and the sun is trying its best to come out.

What was a farm with several new rivers flowing through it this morning is now a site that still has quite a few large swamps.

Mostly, though, it's just shallow mud.

The bands are in full swing after a two-hour delay.

It seems that the crowds have all but forgotten about this morning's traumas.

Friday 24 June: 1305 BST

The strangest sight so far at Glastonbury was 20-year-old Stuart Chappell from Somerset swimming to his tent. Literally, doing the front crawl.

This festival-goer swam to his tent in a hunt for car keys

He was hoping to retrieve his car keys, but he didn't find them.

His tent was in the most unfortunate part of the site, where dozens found their tents almost completely submerged.

Mr Chappell retrieved a few bags from his tent and that of a friend before wading back - up to his neck - to shore.

Friday 24 June: 1115 BST

I've seen mud at Glastonbury before, but not this much water. It was not the best idea to leave my wellies in the car. When I went to retrieve them, I had to cross the rivers that have suddenly sprung up on site. I had to take off my shoes and wade through them barefoot.

The unlucky ones have pitched their tents on spaces that are now in those rivers. The whole site is just very, very wet. But people are not letting it wash their spirits away - yet.

Friday 24 June: 0925 BST

I know they said storms were on the cards but this is ridiculous.

Glastonbury in the rain
Wish you were here?
The sound of the rain is so loud that from inside, the press tent sounds like it is in the middle of a raging torrent, not a farm in Somerset in midsummer.

Yesterday, Michael Eavis said thunderstorms were due to arrive at 0500 BST and he was pretty much spot on.

The thunder and lightning seem so close that I would not be surprised if the Glastonbury Tor gets a few direct hits.

Running from my tent to the press area, lots of the ground was already waterlogged and churning up. I dread to think what the rest of the site is going to look like - I just wish I had not left my wellies in my car.

Friday 24 June: 0100 BST

One of the highlights of the festival is always a trip up to the Sacred Space on the Thursday night, while there is no music to distract you.

Festival-goers congregate at the Sacred Space
Revellers lit lanterns and candles at the Sacred Space

The Sacred Space, where a stone circle is located, is on a hill leading up to the highest point of the site.

People congregate there all day, but especially at night and at sunrise - and at midnight tonight they were there in their thousands, many with huge candles stuck into the ground, looking great in the dark.

It is a place to escape some of the hectic and noisy parts of the festival, and also to look down on the site, which appears like an otherworldly city with its bonfires and strings of lights in the distance.

And tonight, cheers swept the space as small, lantern-like hot air balloons, powered by small flames, rose into the sky.

Thursday 23 June: 1725 BST

Glastonbury tents
Floral dance: Designer owners risk stumbling into each other's tents
The most visible brand is not one of the sponsors. It's Cath Kidston - the modern Laura Ashley. Her floral designs, which have become the adopted by the posh ladies of London's Notting Hill, are a common sight across the fields.

They may not be associated with the traditional Glastonbury crowd, but Kidston-designed tents are everywhere. It may have had a reputation as an exclusive luxury brand, but the distinctive floral tents have captured the hearts of a section of Glastonbury festival-goers.

I saw 20 within an hour of walking around the site, then gave up counting.

Thursday 23 June: 1400 BST

The crowds are descending on rural Somerset for another year, and Michael Eavis' farm is filling up before the music starts tomorrow.

A steady stream of bodies is trundling across the Pyramid Stage field with rucksacks and tents to find a spot to call home for the next four days.

Glastonbury fields
Festival-goers are preparing for all weathers

The site is not too crowded yet - but by this time tomorrow, double the number will be here and the campsites, like the toilets, will be overflowing.

With no bands to watch today, I am watching the skies instead, because the good weather is not expected to last.

The heat has its problems, but I would prefer constant sun to constant rain, which is much harder work.

There could be storms and downpours from tonight, so I have packed for all eventualities.

Sandals and wellies, sun cream and rain coat, shorts and waterproof trousers, I hope I am set for what could be four seasons in one weekend.

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