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Glastonbury fans set for more mud
Arctic Monkeys
The Arctic Monkeys led Friday's bill at the music festival
Music fans are coping with further showers as the Glastonbury Festival enters its second full day.

Parts of the site have been turned into a quagmire by heavy rain, but long dry spells have provided respite.

The conditions have not deterred most of the 177,500 festival-goers, who can expect to see a line-up headed by The Killers, The Kooks and Paul Weller.

The weather has been less severe than the last festival two years ago, when flash floods hit the Somerset site.

But the area that was submerged in 2005 is again the hardest-hit, with several dozen tents waterlogged after showers.

Glastonbury fans
165,000 people on site
1,268 seen by medics
32 taken to hospital
163 offences
121 arrests
28 tent thefts
As at 0900 BST on Saturday
Police said crime was on a par with 2005's festival, with 163 offences recorded by Saturday morning.

In addition, a 26-year-old man from the Midlands is in a critical condition in Yeovil District Hospital after being found unconscious in the early hours of Saturday morning after a suspected drugs overdose.

Friday's bill was topped by the Arctic Monkeys, with the Sheffield band headlining the event's main Pyramid Stage.

Their triumphant set came just 18 months after the release of their debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, and saw them perform tracks from both that and its follow-up Favourite Worst Nightmare.

"I heard rumours that we didn't have enough songs to headline Glastonbury," frontman Alex Turner joked during the set, which saw them joined by rapper Dizzee Rascal.

Amy Winehouse, The Magic Numbers and The Automatic were among the other acts who excited crowds on Friday.


The busy areas of the site have turned to mud, which is several inches deep at worst.

I don't mind being surrounded by all this sludge, as long as it stays all right inside the tent
Kerrie O'Leary

Two years ago, several hundred tents in one area suffered heavy flooding.

Organisers said the drainage in that campsite had been improved, with large pipes laid to take water away.

But this year, the same area has become a swamp, with tents surrounded by standing water.

Some campers have already moved to different spots, while others are digging channels with tent poles to divert the water and hoping the skies do not open again.

"When we got here on Thursday night, the weather was fine and it was on rock hard ground," said Kerrie O'Leary, 22, from Sheffield.

"I don't mind being surrounded by all this sludge, as long as it stays all right inside the tent."

Heavy showers

Another camper, Paul Kelly, 27, from Leicester, said one of his friends had left the festival as a result of the deluge.

Many tents have been left waterlogged after heavy rain

"She just decided she'd had enough," he said.

"I'm thinking about moving, which is going to have to happen at some point.

"I think they've improved the drainage at the Pyramid Stage. What they now need to sort out is the camping areas."

Jenna Duncan, 22, from the West Midlands, had been bailing water out of the tent's entrance and said she would also move if conditions worsened.

"This sleeping area is wet," she said.

"It adds to the excitement I suppose."

More showers are due on Saturday, but the sun may break through later in the day.

The event, held on Michael Eavis' Worthy Farm, near Pilton, since 1970, draws to a close on Sunday.

The Who, Kaiser Chiefs and the Manic Street Preachers are among the other big names appearing on the Pyramid Stage during the weekend.

Revellers tramp through mud at Glastonbury


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