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Sunday, June 27, 1999 Published at 13:28 GMT 14:28 UK


Glastonbury builds to a climax

Texas went down a storm on the Pryamid Stage

The weather has continued to be kind to revellers at the Glastonbury Music Festival as it enters its final day.

Glastonbury 1999
The annual extravaganza - dogged in recent years by appalling weather which turned the massive site into a mudbath - has been blessed this year with some sunshine.

Acts lined up for the final day include Lenny Kravitz, The Corrs, Skunk Anansie and the Fun Lovin' Criminals.

Criminal activity at the festival has increased on the past year, with over 900 incidents being reported.


[ image: Manic Street Preachers: Show stopped briefly after crowd crushing]
Manic Street Preachers: Show stopped briefly after crowd crushing
Superintendent John Buckley, site commander for Avon and Somerset Police said some people had been ejected from the site for criminal and anti-social behaviour and will not be readmitted.

He added: "We will continue to target the crime hot spots."

Police said that by Sunday they had made 232 arrests, and that most of the reported crimes were thefts from tents.


The BBC's Max Flint: "The atmosphere was unbelievable"
Officers have made 163 seizures of cannabis, LSD, amphetamines, cocaine and Ecstasy from the site at Worthy Farm, near Pilton in Somerset.

In contrast to recent years it did not rain until early on Saturday evening and for many festival-goers, a major concern was making use of the 600 litres of free sunscreen handed out at welfare points.

By Sunday morning, staff at the festival's medical services tent had seen 3,348 patients, which outstripped last year's total of 3,000 for the whole weekend.

Hollywood star Keanu Reeves is playing bass with his part-time hobby band Dogstar at the festival on Sunday.


[ image: Police have made a number of drug seizures]
Police have made a number of drug seizures
But being one of the world's highest paid stars has not entitled him to play the main stage - he will perform on the Other Stage which is reserved for less mainstream acts.

Reeves is currently a huge box office hit because of the world-wide success of his film, The Matrix.

Saturday's musical highlights included the Manic Street Preachers, Texas, Underworld, Super Furry Animals and Cast, plus punk poet Patti Smith headlining the New Bands tent.


[ image: Getting into the Glastonbury spirit]
Getting into the Glastonbury spirit
The Manics' set ended abruptly after crowd crushes at the front of the audience. But they were soon back on after a brief delay.

Texas are one of the more mainstream acts at Glastonbury, but that is something which singer Sharleen Spiteri welcomes.

"It's really good to be doing festivals because you don't have that security net of walking out to an audience that's your audience," she told the BBC.

"They won't have gone out to buy tickets just to see Texas, probably most of them haven't gone out to buy tickets to see Texas.

"But you're going out there with a lot of different bands on the same stage and there are maybe some people out there who would not normally come to see us and who might enjoy it."



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