GLASTO GOERS TURN UP TO SOGGY SITE

Revellers start arriving at Worthy Farm - but what are the conditions like?...

Fans have started arriving at the site of this year’s GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL, with festival goers turning up to a soggy site.

Although the music does not start until Friday (June 25), the gates to Worthy Farm opened at 10am today (June 23) with fans flocking to pitch their tents and start the celebrations.

Early reports however say that the site is slightly muddy, due to the heavy rainfall over the last couple of days, but organisers are predicting a sunny afternoon.

Sunshine is also expected both tomorrow (June 24) and Friday (25), meaning that there is a chance of avoiding a mudbath.

Michael Eavis said: “There are quite a lot of people already on site – workers and the like – and it is pretty buzzing already, despite the rain. Because the ground is so dry, it has soaked up pretty well. The rain is predicted to clear this afternoon and the sun to come out.”

Extreme measures are also apparently being taken by the festival to keep the rain at bay.

According to BBC News, a spokesperson said that Eavis is to employ a cloudbusting gun, inspired by Paul McCartney‘s recent display of weather control during a concert in Russia.

The former Beatle was playing in St Petersburg when he sprayed dry ice into the rainclouds to keep his fans dry.

Eavis is allegedly digging out his own home-made cloudbuster – last used at the festival in 1971 – which was designed by 1960s psychologist and inventor Wilhelm Reich who believed that ‘orgone radiation’ from the atmosphere caused clouds to turn to rain.

The machine would be used several miles away to “break up” the clouds before they reach the site.

The spokesperson said: “It is a bit of a joke. In a way it is using psychological powers to keep the rain away. He’s (Eavis) still trying to get the machine working.”

As previously reported on NME.COM, England’s Euro 2004 clash against Portugal tomorrow (June 24) will be shown on a giant screen onsite.

Police officers will also be patrolling the grounds of Worthy Farm this year on mountain bikes to help keep last year’s diminished crime figures even lower.

This year’s festival will see headlining performances from Paul McCartney, Oasis and Muse. NME.COM will be on site from tomorrow, so make sure you click back for all the latest news, reviews, pictures and gossip.