GLASTONBURY Festival founder Michael Eavis was all smiles this morning as he opened the gates of Worthy Farm to the public for the first time since 2019. 

Michael and his daughter and festival co-organiser Emily Eavis clapped as the first attendees entered Worthy Farm shortly before 9am. 

Michael, 86, told them: “This is going to be the best show in town. Wait and see. You better believe it.”

Many of the festivalgoers in the queue this morning battled travel disruption en route to Somerset amid three days of major rail strikes

Speaking to BBC Breakfast shortly before the gates opened, Emily said: “It’s still so exciting. It’s even more spectacular this year.

“The wait has been so long and it’s just the biggest build-up we’ve ever had and everybody is feeling very, very happy and a little bit emotional, I think, about opening the gates.”

She added: “It’s all so exciting, you’d never believe it.”

The festival's opening marks its return after successive cancellations in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid. 

Wells MP James Heappey said there is “great excitement” that the festival is back in his constituency after a prolonged absence. 

He told the PA news agency: “It’s great to have the festival back after the pandemic.

“It contributes an enormous amount to the local economy and whilst we’re always keen that the organisers work closely with the local authorities to minimise disruption for residents, it’s with great excitement that we welcome stars from around the world, and hundreds of thousands of music lovers, to our corner of Somerset this weekend.”


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The festival will be headlined by Billie Eilish, Sir Paul McCartney, and Kendrick Lamar. 

It will feature some of the biggest names in world music including Sam Fender, Olivia Rodrigo, Lorde, Diana Ross, and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. 

Meterologist Tom Morgan from the Met Office spoke to the PA news agency ahead of the festival about the weather festivalgoers can expect.

He said the weather outlook promises to be “one of two halves” with temperatures set to reach 27°C at the 900-acre site with a risk of showers and thunderstorms predicted from Friday onwards. 

Gallery: Michael and Emily Eavis officially open Glastonbury Festival

Somerset County Gazette: Michael Eavis poses for a selfie with a festivalgoer at Worthy Farm. Picture: Yui Mok, PA WireMichael Eavis poses for a selfie with a festivalgoer at Worthy Farm. Picture: Yui Mok, PA Wire

Somerset County Gazette: People arrive on the first day of Glastonbury Festival. Picture: Yui Mok, PA WirePeople arrive on the first day of Glastonbury Festival. Picture: Yui Mok, PA Wire

Somerset County Gazette: Ticketholders carry their luggage into the Worthy Farm festival site. Picture: Yui Mok, PA WireTicketholders carry their luggage into the Worthy Farm festival site. Picture: Yui Mok, PA Wire

Somerset County Gazette: Michael and Emily Eavis ahead of the festival. Picture: Yui Mok, PA WireMichael and Emily Eavis ahead of the festival. Picture: Yui Mok, PA Wire

Somerset County Gazette: A colourfully dressed festivalgoer holds her ticket aloft at one of the festival's entrance points. Picture: Yui Mok, PA WireA colourfully dressed festivalgoer holds her ticket aloft at one of the festival's entrance points. Picture: Yui Mok, PA Wire

Somerset County Gazette: Michael Eavis smiles ahead of the official opening of Glastonbury Festival. Picture: Yui Mok, PA WireMichael Eavis smiles ahead of the official opening of Glastonbury Festival. Picture: Yui Mok, PA Wire

Somerset County Gazette: The festival will be headlined by Billie Eilish, Sir Paul McCartney, and Kendrick Lamar. Picture: Yui Mok, PA WireThe festival will be headlined by Billie Eilish, Sir Paul McCartney, and Kendrick Lamar. Picture: Yui Mok, PA Wire

Somerset County Gazette: Around 210,000 people will attend the festival, which returned today after two years away. Picture: Yui Mok, PA WireAround 210,000 people will attend the festival, which returned today after two years away. Picture: Yui Mok, PA Wire