ADAMS OUT OF GLASTONBURY

Ryan Adams is ill...

RYAN ADAMS has pulled out of GLASTONBURY.

The singer was due to headline the John Peel Stage on Sunday night (June 26), but has been taken ill with an ear infection and is unable to perform.

However, the rest of the line-up remains unchanged, with headliners The White Stripes, Coldplay and Basement Jaxx scheduled to appear on the Pyramid Stage.

However, Hard-Fi have been moved up the bill on the John Peel Stage. They were due to play at 2.40 but will now play at 7pm.

People arriving at the Glastonbury site are being blessed with hot, sunny weather, although Friday rain is expected.

Festival bosses estimated that 50,000 people were on site by Thursday evening.

Organiser Michael Eavis has also taken the opportunity of launching the festival to give his opinions on current affairs.

Writing in this year’s program, Eavis tackles the issue of “respect”, sideswiping at the political establishment.

He wrote: “People who are banging on about respect need to first earn it from us, and what have the two leading political characters done to do that? Been involved in a war that has killed hundreds of thousands, desecrated and bullied a country into utter humiliation, and badgered minority groups and immigrants in order to gain cheap popularity.”

On a lighter note, Eavis said the 150,000 people who managed to get tickets can expect the “best time of your life”.

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