GLASTO OPENS!

And only a tiny amount of ticketless punters ignore warnings to stay away...

Festivalgoers have started to arrive at the GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL site, ahead of the event’s kick-off on Friday (June 28).

Tents are being pitched and a trickle of tickets holders, that will soon turn into a 100,000 strong flood, are moving onto the vast Worthy Farm site.

Organiser Michael Eavis is pleased that his large-scale campaign to discourage non-ticketholders from gatecrashing the event appears to be working. There were just six ticketless punters outside this morning (July 26), as opposed to 2,000 who would have already burst through in previous years, he said.

In addition to the new £1million superfence that circles the festival, a further security cordon has been thrown round, allowing only those with tickets get within five miles of the site.

Eavis has insisted that gatecrashers jeopardise the future of the festival, being for the first time in two years. If too many get in, it’s all over.

Meanwhile, police have also denied reports of a pitch battle between a convoy of travellers and riot police yesterday evening, with the travellers trying to storm the gates.

A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police told NME.COM that a convoy of 14 vehicles had arrived, but following discussions, they moved on “to Taunton.” He added that the police presence was in line with what could be expected for an event of Glastonbury’s size, and would be stepped up as the weekend approaches.