Numbers swell as Glastonbury opens

Worthy Farm is busy despite the rain

The Glastonbury Festival 2007 is in full swing, with organizers reporting that 148,000 people had arrived on site by today’s (June 22) start.

The festival, which has been subject to a series of heavy rain showers that have left the site very muddy, though not nearly as bad as the conditions in 2005, now has acts playing across all its stages, ahead of Arctic Monkeys’ headlining set on the Pyramid Stage tonight.

In fact, such is the event’s appeal that, despite the strictest security measures ever seen at the festival, 12 people have tried – and failed – to jump the super fence.

Of those who have got in legitimately, around 30,000 cars are now in the car parks, while 10,000 passengers have arrived in Pilton by train.

In the campsites so far there have been 13 thefts reported, while there have been 707 casualties overnight.

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