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Photo Gallery: Glastonbury Festival 2008

  • Glastonbury 2008. Organiser Michael Eavis declared that, despite the slow sales this year, he was happy with the number of people on site and claimed the festival was close to capacity. "We're within a thousand of selling out," he said. Pic: Tim Cochrane

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  • Glastonbury Festival 2008. In a bid to minimise the festival's impact on the environment, this year the number of bins in the public areas was increased from 7000 to 12,000. Pic: Tim Cochrane

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  • The Enemy get into the Glastonbury spirit. Possibly. Pic: Tim Cochrane

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  • Endless mud - a now-familiar sight for Glastonbury-goers, who have now endured four muddy Glastonburys in a row. Pic: Tim Cochrane

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  • This year Glastonbury continues its partnership with Water Aid. Revellers are being encouraged to "express their love for their loo" on the graffiti wall at the WaterAid stand by the Pyramid Stage. Pic: Tim Cochrane

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  • Michael Eavis has declared the Glastonbury 2008 line-up the best ever. The festival chief declared that this year's event, which kicked off today (June 27), will be a classic one: "This is going to be a vintage Glastonbury, it really is the best show we've ever done."

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  • Glastonbury in full swing. This year's festival has so far seen a substantial rise in thefts compared to last year. Police revealed that this year's event has so far seen 127 thefts, while 2007's festival had only suffered 19 by Friday morning (June 27).

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  • Glastonbury punters demonstrate the perils of all-day drinking. Pic: Tim Cochrane

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  • Glastonbury revellers pose for NME's photographer in front of the Pyramid Stage, Friday June 27. Later today the legendary stage will play host to The Gossip, Editors, The Fratellis and Kings Of Leon.

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  • Kate Nash, Pyramid Stage, Friday June 27. Nash's stage set had an under-the-sea theme, with her piano situated in the middle of half an oyster shell. Opening with 'Pumpkin Soup', her set also included last year's breakthrough hit 'Foundations'. Pic: PA PHOTOS Pic: PA Photos

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  • The Park Stage, Glastonbury Festival 2008. A new addition to the festival last year, this weekend the stage hosts performances from MGMT, CSS, Battles and Franz Ferdinand. Pic:Guy Eppel

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  • Glastonbury Festival as it appeared at 2pm, Friday June 27. To the right you can just make out a dejected Andrew Marr, on site to report for the BBC. Pic: Guy Eppel

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  • Glastonbury Festival punters brave the mud to explore the site on Friday afternoon (June 27). Pic: Guy Eppel

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  • Eugene McGuinness on the Park Stage, Glastonbury, Friday June 27. Praising the fans whoâ

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  • Glastonbury 2008. For the first time in a decade the festival was not an instant sellout; according to organiser Michael Eavis, around 3000 tickets remained unsold in the week leading up to the bash.

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  • One of the more unusual tents at Glastonbury, as it appeared on Thursday night (June 26). New areas this year include the performance art zone Trash City, and the all-night carnival area Shangri-La, which replaces the now-defunct Lost Vagueness. Pic: Danny North

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  • Kate Nash, Pyramid Stage, Friday June 27. Nash's stage set had an under-the-sea theme, with her piano situated in the middle of half an oyster shell. Opening with 'Pumpkin Soup', her set also included last year's breakthrough hit 'Foundations'. Pic: PA PHOTOS

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  • Kate Nash opens the Pyramid Stage, Friday June 27. The 'Foundations' star took to the stage at the ungodly hour of 10.50am, though still drew an impressive crowd. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Bone-dry ground at Glastonbury Festival 2008, around 6pm on Thursday. A few hours later the site was muddy, but nowhere near as bad as in previous years. Pic:James Quinton

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  • Glastonbury-goers arrive onsite on Thursday afternoon. Early arrivers enjoyed brilliant sunshine all day, before the heavens opened around 8.30pm. Pic: James Quinton

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  • A flamboyantly-dressed - and impressively mud-free - reveller gets into the Glastonbury spirit in the Trash City area, Thursday night (June 26). Keep checking back for more Glastonbury photos - we'll be updating the gallery all day. Pic: Tim Cochrane

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  • More carnivalesque craziness at Glastonbury's Trash City area, Thursday night (June 26). Although the main stages don't open until Friday, most punters arrived on Thursday to enjoy the festival's other attractions. Pic: Andrew Whitton

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  • Oh no, not again! The heavens opened at Glastonbury last night (Thursday June 26) but so far there are no signs of the dreadful mud that has blighted previous festivals. The weather forecast for Friday predicts showers, but no torrential rain. Pic: Andrew Whitton

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  • A reveller at Trash City, Glastonbury, June 26. Trash City is a newly introduced performance art area, which features a giant animatronic robot zoo and nightly cruise car parades. Pic: Tim Cochrane

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  • Glastonbury-goers brave the rain on Thursday night (June 26). After glorious sunshine all day, the heavens opened around 8.30pm, though co-organiser Emily Eavis remained optimistic, telling reporters: "Everything's looking super-fine and there's a feeling of elation in the air." Pic: Andrew Whitton

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  • NME news reporter Emma Edmonson (right) makes some new friends near the Other Stage, Friday 4.45pm. You don't get this at V Festival...

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  • Glastonbury Festival after dark, Thursday June 27. This year's festival is reported to have cost £22 million to produce, and will generate £2 million for charity.

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  • Traditional native American tee-pees, which Glastonbury-goers can hire for £600. In 2007 many tee-pees flooded, leading to complaints from sodden campers. Pic: Danny North

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  • Franz Ferdinand played an extraordinary surprise show on the Park Stage, Friday June 27. They took the opportunity to air a number of well-received new songs, including 'Katherine Kiss Me' and 'Ulysses'. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Santogold, The Park Stage, Glastonbury 2008. A former A&R scout for Epic Records, Santogold - aka Santi White - also appeared on Mark Ronson's 2007 album 'Version', performing on a cover of The Jam's 'Pretty Green'.Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • Glastonbury-goers enjoy Santogold's set on the Park Stage, Friday 2.30pm. Before playing 'Unstoppable' the rising star, real name Santi White, told the audience: "It's raining but are you guys going to go home? This song's especially for you guys."

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  • Rain-lashed fans catch Santogold's set on the Park Stage. Belting out hits from her recently-released eponymous debut album, with extra vocalists and a DJ backing her up, the singer pulled in an impressively large crowd. Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • Santogold on the Park Stage, Glastonbury 2008. Performing choreographed dance moves with her singers, Santogold, who was wearing a T-shirt featuring pictures of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, joked with the crowd about the rain. Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • Santogold, The Park Stage, Glastonbury 2008. A former A&R scout for Epic Records, Santogold - aka Santi White - also appeared on Mark Ronson's 2007 album 'Version', performing on a cover of The Jam's 'Pretty Green'. Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • The Enemy's Tom Clarke and Andy Hopkins relax backstage ahead of their appearance on the Other Stage at 9.30pm. They opened the stage last year. This year they appear second to last, before headliners Panic At The Disco. Pic: Guy Eppel

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  • Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly - aka laptop-assisted troubadour Sam Duckworth - entertains the crowd on the Pyramid Stage, Friday 1.15pm. Kate Nash, who had played earlier, watched from the side of the stage. Pic: Dannny North

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  • "Please, please make the rain stop." Disheartened Glastonbury punters queue to make a wish, courtesy of the Wishing Bog.

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  • Long-faced festival-goers trudge towards the Pyramid Stage, Friday 3pm. After a relatively dry start to the day, the rain started again at around 1pm - and shows no sign of stopping. Pic: Sonia Melot

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  • Glastonbury punters negotiate the ever-expanding ocean of mud, Friday 3pm. Pic: Sonia Melot

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  • Glasvegas on the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury, Friday 1pm (June 27). A large crowd gathered to watch the hotly-tipped Scots, who recently adorned the cover of NME.

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  • Celebrity couple Alex Turner and Alexa Chung (who both neglected to bring wellies) hang out in the backstage bar. Turner arrived onsite this morning holding a guitar, stoking rumours that The Last Shadow Puppets would play a surprise set tonight. Fellow Monkeys Jamie Cook and Nick O'Malley are also onsite, camping with friends.

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  • We Are Scientists' Keith Murray and Chris Cain relax backstage ahead of their appearance on The Other Stage at 8pm, Friday June 27. Glastonbury Festival festivities kicked off in earnest today. Keep checking back all day for more photos. Pic: Guy Eppel

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  • Klaxons' Jamie Reynolds and Florence And The Machine's Florence Welch share a drink backstage at Glastonbury, Friday June 27. Klaxons played the Other Stage last year, but this year Reynolds is just here for fun. Pic: Guy Eppel

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  • Peace signs reflected in mud: the quintessential Glastonbury image? Pic: Guy Eppel

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  • Glastonbury Festival, Friday 4pm. Those Leonard Cohen fans are a rum bunch...

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  • Glastonbury-goers make the best of the abysmal weather, Friday June 27. Today sees performances from The Cribs, Panic At The Disco, The Ting Tings, MGMT and Kings Of Leon. Pic: Danny North

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  • Glastonbury Festival kicked off yesterday (Thursday June 26) with over 100,000 punters heading for the Somerset fields. However, a fire at a nearby scrap yard caused long delays in getting onto the site. Many revellers were stuck in traffic for up to five hours. Pic: Danny North

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  • All Saints resorted to desperate measures in a bid to publicise their reunion tour. Pic: Guy Eppel

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  • The Pyramid Stage as it appeared at midnight on Friday June 27, 2008. Kings Of Leon brought the first day's festivities to close. Pic: Tim Cochrane

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