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Glastonbury "pod pads". For an extra fee, festival-goers can hire these wooden huts, which come complete with two beds and (crucially) a dry floor. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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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. Photo: Guy Eppel

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

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

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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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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. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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

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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. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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George and Mark from One Night Only, outside NME's bus backstage at Glastonbury. Catch a video interview with the Helmsley indie mob on NME.COM/VIDEO. Photo: Andrew Whitton

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

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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. Photo: Sonia Melot

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Glastonbury punters negotiate the ever-expanding ocean of mud, Friday 3pm. Photo: 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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Glasvegas, John Peel Stage, Friday June 27. During the end of opener 'Flowers And Football Tops', frontman James Allan's steal from popular standard 'You Are My Sunshine' proved prophetic. Rain began to lash down outside the tent as he sang the words, "You make me happy when skies are grey".

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The Klaxons' Jamie Reynolds and Florence Welch in the backstage bar at Glastonbury, Friday June 27, 4pm. Other celebrities hanging out in the hospitality area this afternoon include include Lily Allen, Daisy Lowe, Pixie Geldof and Alexa Chung.

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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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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. Photo: Guy Eppel

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

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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. Photo: 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. Photo: 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. Photo: Danny North

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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. Photo: Danny 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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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. Photo: Tom Oxley

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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. Photo: 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'. Photo: 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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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'.Photo: Tom Oxley

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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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Here come the girls. Pixie Geldof, Alexa Chung, Remi Nicole and friend enter the backstage bar - trailed by paparazzi - on Friday afternoon (June 27). Photo: Sonia Melot

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Lightspeed Champion, John Peel Stage, Friday 3pm. Frontman Dev Hynes joked that fans should "go and get stocked up at the herbal highs tent" rather than listen to his new songs, titled 'Marlene' and 'Kill Me Baby Won't You Kill Me'. Pic:Sonia Melot

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Lightspeed Champion, Glastonbury 2008. Taking to the stage twirling around a cape, Hynes told the crowd to get ready for a â

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Lightspeed Champion, John Peel Stage, Glastonbury, Friday June 27. Before playing his final song 'Midnight Surprise', Hynes invited the crowd to wish his sister Louise a happy birthday. Pic:Sonia Melot

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Lily Allen, whose presence in Glastonbury's backstage bar on Friday afternoon prompted a flurry of activity from attendant tabloid photographers. The singer recently returned from LA, where she has been recording her second album. She is not playing live at Glastonbury this year. Photo: 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. Photo: PA Photos

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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. Photo: Andrew Whitton

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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. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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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. Photo: 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." Photo: 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. Photo: Andrew Whitton

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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. Photo: James Quinton

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The world's weirdest DJ booth, situated in Glastonbury's carnivalesque Shangri-La area, a new addition to the festival this year. Pic:James Quinton

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The Young Knives' Henry Dartnall addresses the crowd during the band's set on the John Peel Stage, Friday 4.10pm. The trio warmed up for their Glastonbury appearance with an intimate gig at The Star Of Bethnal Green for just 150 fans on June 12. Photo: Jacob Perlmutter

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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'. Photo: PA PHOTOS

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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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The Feeling's Dan Gillespie-Sells salutes the crowd from the Pyramid Stage, Friday 4pm. As well as hits such as 'Fill My Little World' and 'Sewn', the soft-rockers played a cover version of A-Ha's 'Take On Me.'

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The Park Stage, Glastonbury, 6pm, Friday June 27. The Emily Eavis-curated stage witnessed some of the most exciting performances of the weekend, including surprise shows from Franz Ferdinand and Last Shadow Puppets (featuring Jack White). See the new issue of NME (on sale Wednesday July 2) for a full write-up.

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KT Tunstall in the backstage bar ahead of her appearance on the Pyramid Stage, Friday 2.30pm. The singer-songwriter also played an intimate gig in the hospitality area on Thursday night, watched by just 100 people.

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Kelly Osbourne spies a friend in Glastonbury's backstage bar, Friday June 27. The TV presenter and socialite spent all afternoon drinking alongside celebrities such as Klaxons' Jamie Reynolds, Lily Allen and Alexa Chung. Photo: PA Photos

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Foals rock the Other Stage, 6.30pm, Friday June 27. The Oxford-based mathletes played tracks from their debut album 'Antidotes', including 'Balloons' and 'Cassius'.

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The Gossip, Pyramid Stage, Friday June 27, 6pm. Vocalist Beth Ditto told the crowd: "I'm so jealous of you, camping to see Jay-Z. Seriously, I'm so fucking jealous. Jay-Z: guilty of making this festival good!" Photo: Sonia Melot

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Glastonbury Festival-goers wait for We Are Scientists to take to The Other Stage, Friday 7.30pm. Photo: Sonia Melot

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The Ting Tings, John Peel Stage, Glastonbury, Friday June 27, 6.20pm. A mammoth crows spilled out of the tent to watch the duo's set. The stage's compere claimed it was "the biggest crowd we've ever had on the John Peel Stage". Photo: PA Photos

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The Ting Tings on the John Peel Stage, Friday June 27. "This is the biggest gig we've ever played, or will ever play" declared vocalist Katie White mid way through the set. The band then got the whole of their massive crowd singing loudly as they finished with former Number One single 'That's Not My Name'. Photo: PA Photos

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Edwyn Collins, Park Stage, Glastonbury, Friday June 27. The former Orange Juice frontman-turned solo star has only played sporadic shows after recovering from two brain haemorrhages in 2005.

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The Alanis Morissette lookalike contest was too close to call. Photo: James Quinton

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Editors on the Pyramid Stage, Friday June 27. Returning after a break while frontman Tom Smith became a father, the band used the set to test out new material, including the typically anthemic 'No Sound But The Wind'. Photo: James Quinton

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The Ting Tings, John Peel Stage, Glastonbury 2008. The band kicked off with a minimalist version of 'We Walk'. The duo then tore through the likes of 'Great DJs', 'Traffic Light' and iPod advert track 'Shut Up And Let Me Go'. Pic:Danny North

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The Ting Tings perform for a vast crowd on the John Peel Stage, Friday evening. The audience spilled out the tent and up the hill. Predictably, the loudest audience response was for set-closer 'That's Not My Name'. Photo: Danny North

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Reverend And The Makers' Jon McClure, John Peel Stage, 9.30pm. The motormouth dance-rock firebrand (and flatmate of Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner) warmed fans up for The Cribs' headline set.

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Hercules And Love Affair, Dance Stage East, 10pm. Highlight of the set was recent single 'Blind', which saw singer Nomi performing vocals â

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MGMT, John Peel Stage, Friday June 27. Their set list was: 'Weeked Wars', 'The Youth', 'Of Moons, Birds and Monsters', '4th Dimensional Transition', 'Pieces Of What', 'Electric Feel', 'The Handshake', 'Time To Pretend', 'Kids' Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Reverend And The Makers' Jon McClure, aka The Reverend. His set was heavy on tracks from debut album, 'The State Of Things', which hit Number 5 upon its release in September 2007. Photo: Guy Eppel

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The Fratellis, Pyramid Stage, Friday June 27. The Glaswegian trio aired tracks from their new album 'Here We Stand', as well as their million-selling debut 'Costello Music'. Photo: Andrew Whitton

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The Fratellis, Pyramid Stage, Friday June 27, 9pm. The Scots rockers took to Glastonbury's main stage after Editors and before headliners Kings Of Leon. Photo: Andrew Whitton

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Psychedelic Brooklynites MGMT play to a packed John Peel tent, Friday night. They opened with 'Weekend Wars' and closed with forthcoming single 'Kids'. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Crowds at Glastonbury wait for Kings Of Leon to hit the Pyramid Stage, Friday June 27, 10.30pm. Caleb Followill and co drew a huge crowd at the expense of luckless emo dandies Panic At The Disco, who played to a almost empty field on the Other Stage. Photo: Danny North

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We Are Scientists bassist Chris Cain rocks out on Glastonbury's Other Stage. The Enemy played next - check back later for picures of the Coventry trio's set. Photo: Sonia Melot

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We Are Scientists, The Other Stage, Glastonbury, Friday June 27, 8pm. Keith Murray's indie troupe opened their set with 'Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt.' Photo: Sonia Melot

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Kings Of Leon bring the first day of Glastonbury 2008 to a close with a rapturously received set on the Pyramid Stage. It was the Nashville band's biggest gig to date.

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Kings Of Leon's Caleb Followill rocks out on the Pyramid Stage, Friday June 27. The loudest crowd response was reserved for 'The Bucket'.

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Vampire Weekend prepare for their set on the John Peel Stage, Friday June 27. For many, the afrobeat-influenced New Yorkers were one of the highlights of the first day of festivities at Glastonbury 2008. Photo: Guy Eppel

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Kings Of Leon, Pyramid Stage, Friday June 27, 11.45pm.

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Glastonbury revellers go nuts for The Enemy's set on The Other Stage, Friday June 27. Photo: Tom Oxley

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The Enemy, Glastonbury 2008. Tom Clarke and co played the same stage last year, although that time they came on first. This year they were second to last, taking the stage just before headliners Panic At The Disco. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Flares greet The Enemy's Friday night set at Glastonbury 2008. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Franz Ferdinand, whose 'secret' show on the Park Stage - actually advertised all day by a leafleting campaign - generated one of the most explosive crowd responses seen all day. See NME.COM/FESTIVALS/GLASTONBURY for the full report. Photo: PA Photos

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Pete Doherty at Glastonbury 2008. There were rumours Babyshambles would not be playing - they apparently fired one of their managers earlier today - but Doherty seemed determined to honour his Park Stage commitments. Photo: PA Photos

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The Cribs headline the John Peel Stage, Friday June 27. Despite Kings Of Leon playing on the Pyramid Stage at the same time, the Jarman brothers still drew a decent crowd.

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The Cribs, John Peel Stage, Friday June 27. 'Men's Needs' and 'Don't You Wanna Be Relevant' sparked mayhem in the moshpit, bringing proceedings on the John Peel Stage to a close. Pic:Guy Eppel

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Foals' Jimmy Smith meets his public on The Other Stage, Glastonbury, Friday June 27. Photo: Guy Eppel

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Glastonbury shows its love for The Enemy, whose set included hits 'Away From Here', 'Had Enough' and 'You're Not Alone'. Photo: Tom Oxley

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The Rascals relax in the backstage bar ahead of their debut Glastonbury performance. Singer Miles Kane's Last Shadow Puppets colleague Alex Turner was also on site today, stoking rumours of a surprise Shadow Puppets gig this weekend. Photo: Tom Oxley

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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. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Dizzee Rascal on the Park Stage, Friday night. Taking the stage to the sound of air raid sirens, flanked by two flaming pillars, the east London rapper delighted the crowd with hits including 'Just A Rascal' and 'Sirens'. Photo: James Quinton

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Pete Doherty headlines the Park Stage, Friday night. The star drew a huge crowd at the Park Stage area, and was watched from the side of the stage by members of Franz Ferdinand, who had played on the stage earlier, plus his Babyshambles bandmate Drew McConnell, who was sporting a new mohawk haircut. Photo: James Quinton

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Panic At The Disco, The Other Stage, Friday night. The Las Vegas emo dandies entertained a small but enthusiastic crowd with tracks from their current, Beatles-inspired album 'Pretty. Odd'. Photo: Andy Willsher

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More colourful goings on at Trash City, where Glastonbury revellers partied until dawn.

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A typically flamboyant denizen of Trash City, Glastonbury Festival's colourful late-night performance art area. Photo: Andrew Whitton

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Trash City, Glastonbury Festival, Friday June 27. After 3am, when most of the festival's bars close, punters flock to Trash City in droves in order to keep the party going. Photo: Andrew Whitton

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Florence and the Machine's Florence Welch enjoys the backstage bar on Friday afternoon. Photo: Tom Oxley

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A fan's overly literal tribute to Shakin' Stevens' 1981 hit 'Green Door' at Glastonbury 2008. The veteran performer appeared on the Pyramid Stage at 11am, Saturday June 28, kicking off the second day of festivities at Worthy Farm. Photo: PA Photos

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Shakin' Stevens, Pyramid Stage, Saturday June 28. The second day of Glastonbury Festival brought a very different atmosphere, with bright sunshine drying out the mud and lifting people's spirits. Photo: PA Photos

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Black Kids outside the NME bus backstage at Glastonbury, Saturday June 28. Reggie Youngblood and co play the Other Stage at 3pm. Head to NME.COM/VIDEO for a video interview with the band.

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Glastonbury punters gather at the Pyramid Stage on Saturday morning (June 28). Campers awoke to bright sunshine, in stark contrast to the steady drizzle that lasted all through Friday. Photo: Sonia Melot

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Martha Wainwright, Pyramid Stage, Glastonbury, 12.30pm. The confessional singer-songwriter (and sister of Rufus) aired tracks from her second album 'I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too', released in May 2008. Photo: PA Photos

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Courteeners frontman Liam Fray pays a visit to the NME bus, backstage at Glastonbury Festival, Saturday June 28. The Manchester band, who recently released their debut album 'St Jude', play the John Peel Stage at 4.30pm. Photo: Sonia Melot

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Glastonbury Festival-goers get set for day two of the three day bash at Worthy Farm, Somerset. Organiser Michael Eavis is remaining tight-lipped about exactly how many tickets were sold for the event, though he says the festival was "effectively a sell-out." Photo: Sonia Melot

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Lykke Li performing on the Park Stage at Glastonbury today (June 28). The Swedish singer songwriter played to a heaving crowd as the sun finally appeared from behind clouds. Photo: Guy Eppel

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Lykke Li with drumstick and tambourine. Her appearance on Glastonbury's Park Stage was greeted by cheers from the mud-speckled crowd on the festival's second day. Photo: Guy Eppel

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Pete Doherty, Park Stage, Glastonbury. As he began to play The Libertines' 2002 debut single 'What A Waster' a fan passed up a can of lager to Doherty, who took a slurp then hurled it back into the crowd.

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Black Kids, The Other Stage, Saturday June 28. The band played an energetic early afternoon set including singles 'I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You' and 'Hit The Heartbreaks'. Photo: Guy Eppel

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Black Kids rock the Other Stage at Glastonbury 2008. After playing 'Hit The Heartbreaks' keyboardist Dawn Watley bizarrelly asked the crowd, "Are you naked?" Photo: Guy Eppel

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Glastonbury Festival organisers Michael and Emily Eavis, Friday June 27. Eavis Sr gave a press conference on Thursday night, during which he declared: "We don't need welly boots this year! This is going to be a vintage festival! It's going to be wall-to-wall sunshine!" 20 minutes later it started raining.

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Rumours that James Blunt would be pulling out of his Glastonbury appearance left festival-goers devastated. Photo: Guy Eppel

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The Proclaimers' new look caused a stir.

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Michael and Emily Eavis enjoy a panoramic view of the festival site, Friday June 27. Eavis Sr has admitted that he was shocked when Glastonbury failed to sell out instantly: "It was scary as hell for weeks. I think that I lost half a stone. I couldn't sleep."

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Florence Welch of blues-pop duo Florence And The Machine. Welch spent much of Friday drinking in the backstage bar with Klaxons' Jamie Reynolds before making her Glastonbury live debut on Saturday.

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This is what happens when you start on the pear cider before noon.

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Metronomy, Dance Stage East, Saturday June 28, 4.30pm. Main man Joseph Mount was backed by a live band, lending extra sonic clout to pulsing electro anthems such as 'My Heart Rate Rapid' and 'Holiday'.

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Panic At The Disco lark about backstage ahead of their headline appearance on the Other Stage, Friday June 27. The Las Vegas band drew a sparse crowd, with most Glastonbury-goers opting to watch Kings Of Leon on the Pyramid Stage instead.

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Grim conditions at Glastonbury Festival, Friday June 26. Happily, the sun came out on Saturday morning and the ground dried out quickly.

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Florence And The Machine onstage in the Last Man Standing Saloon, Friday June 27. The punky duo are also due to play Glastonbury's Queen's Head Stage on Sunday (June 29).

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Glastonbury Festival from the air, Saturday June 28. For a full report on the festival - plus a glossy poster pull-out section - look out for NME's Glastonbury Review Special, on sale from Wednesday June 28. Photo: James Quinton

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Neon Neon, The Other Stage, 4pm. Frontman Gruff Rhys - also of Super Furry Animals - was joined onstage by special guest Har Mar Superstar. Photo: Guy Eppel

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The Courteeners, John Peel Stage, Saturday June 28, 4.30pm. Keep checking back for more Glastonbury photos - we'll be updating the gallery all weekend. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Golden Silvers leave the stage after a well-received afternoon set on Glastonbury's Other Stage, Saturday June 28. Photo: Andrew Whitton

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The Golden Silvers, The Other Stage, Saturday June 28. The psychedelia-tinged North London trio recently supported Mystery Jets on their UK tour. Photo: Andrew Whitton

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British Sea Power fans applaud the band's set on the John Peel Stage, Saturday June 28. The band were joined onstage by members of the London Bulgarian Choir, who sang a short unaccompanied interlude before joining the band on an epic version of 'No Flags'. Photo: Jacob Perlmutter Pic:Jacob Perlmutter

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The Other Stage, Glastonbury Festival. On Saturday June 28 the stage plays host to Duffy, The Wombats, Elbow, Hot Chip and Massive Attack. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Glastonbury "revellers", Saturday June 28.

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Glastonbury 2008. In a press conference on Thursday night (June 26), organiser Michael Eavis hailed this year's line-up as the best ever. "We're within a thousand of selling out," he said. "People have been calling me up from Australia and Brazil yesterday saying 'If I leave now can I come in?' Isn't that great?" Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Glastonbury 2008: the view from the campsite, looking towards The Other Stage. There are rumours that the festival will be scaled down next year, but Michael Eavis denies this: "People have said Glastonbury is like the Roman Empire which gets bigger and bigger but it has to collapse. But there's no way we can make it smaller, no way we can take away any of the stages."

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Jack White playing with The Raconteurs. White played Glastonbury with The White Stripes in 2002, returning with Meg White to headline in 2005. But tonight was The Raconteurs' debut appearance at the festival. Photo: Tom Oxley

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The Raconteurs' main man Jack White returned to Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage for the third time this decade with his 'other' band tonight (June 28). Photo: Tom Oxley

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The Wombats played a sun-drenched set on the Other Stage at Glastonbury this afternoon (June 28), prompting the biggest sing-alongs and cheers at the stage so far today. Photo: Danny North

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Duffy, Pyramid Stage, Glastonbury, Saturday June 28. Spotting several Welsh flags in the crowd, the Welsh-born singer asked the bearers: "Are you behaving yourself? Beware, the Welsh are mischievous people!" Pic:PA Photos

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Vampire Weekend fans enjoy the New York band's performance on the John Peel Stage, Saturday June 28. It was the Ivy League indie troupe's second Glastonbury set of the weekend: they played the Other Stage on Friday. Photo: Sonia Melot

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Crowds gather at the Avalon Stage to watch Will Young (Saturday June 28), who took the opportunity to praise Friday night's Pyramid Stage headliners Kings Of Leon. The Pop Idol singer said that Caleb Followill and co were "the only band I've left my Winnebago for this weekend". Photo: Rick Martin

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Vampire Weekend, John Peel Stage, playing the second of two sets at Glastonbury Festival. Most people agreed that the New York band's first appearance, on The Other Stage, had the edge on their second. Photo: Sonia Melot

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Vampire Weekend, John Peel Stage, Saturday June 28. Their set included live favourites 'A-Punk', 'Oxford Comma' and 'Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa'. Photo: Sonia Melot

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Wicker sculptures near the Avalon Stage, where former 'Pop Idol' victor Will Young performed on Saturday afternoon. Photo: Rick Martin

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Will Young, Avalon Stage, Glastonbury 2008. "It's taken me six-and-a-half years, but I've finally made it to Glastonbury," said the singer, who attended Glastonbury 2007 as a punter but didn't perform live. Young's set included a cover of Joni Mitchell's 'Your Game'. Photo: Rick Martin

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A tribute to The Beatles, Glastonbury Festival 2008. As ever, many of the most interesting attractions at Worthy Farm were a long way from the main stages. More than any other festival, exploration at Glastonbury reaps dividends. Photo: Guy Eppel

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Black Lips, John Peel Stage, Saturday June 28. Vocalist Cole Alexander took to the stage wearing a hijab. Adding to the sense of confrontational surrealism, the stage was decorated with pigs' heads on sticks. Photo: Guy Eppel

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Who trudges all the way to the Avalon Stage to watch Will Young? These nutters, that's who. Photo: Rick Martin

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"Got any Sinitta?" Some bozo on the wheels of steel, yesterday. Photo: Rick Martin

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Black Lips, John Peel Stage, Saturday June 28. The Atlanta, Georgia "flower punks" gave a wilfully confrontational performance involving Islamic head gear and skewered pigs' heads. Pretty much like Will Young's set, then. Photo: Guy Eppel

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Band Of Horses, John Peel Stage, Saturday June 28. Frontman Ben Bridwell told the crowd: "This fucking rules! Wooo!" He wasn't wrong. Photo: Jacob Perlmutter

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Band Of Horses, John Peel Stage, Saturday June 28. The band debuted new song â

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Eyeball Man resented his conjoined twin. Photo: Andrew Whitton

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Jay-Z's entourage arrive on site. Photo: Andrew Whitton

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'Can I interest you in a hat?' 'No thanks'. 'Oh'. Photo: Andrew Whitton

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Amy Winehouse, Pyramid Stage, Saturday June 28. The troubled singer's set ended in controversy when she appeared to assault a member of the audience. Photo: Andy Willsher

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Elbow, The Other Stage, Saturday June 28. The indie veterans were joined onstage by Sheffield troubadour Richard Hawley for 'The Fix'. Hawley also appears on the recorded version of the song, which appears on current album 'The Seldom Seen Kid'. Photo: Andy Willsher

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Hot Chip, The Other Stage, Glastonbury Festival 2008. Taking the stage just before headliners Massive Attack, the electro troupe covered 'Nothing Compares 2 U', the song written by Prince and popularised by Sinead O'Connor. Photo: Andy Willsher

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Amy Winehouse, Pyramid Stage, Friday June 28. Her set was not quite the triumphant return to form fans had hoped for, with many punters remarking on the 'Rehab' star's wobbly voice and slurred diction.

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The Last Shadow Puppets, Park Stage, Saturday June 28. Alex Turner and Miles Kane played a surprise gig at Glastonbury - and were joined by Jack White, who played a brief, seemingly unrehearsed guitar solo. Photo: Guy Eppel

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The Last Shadow Puppets, who played an unannounced gig on the Park Stage, Saturday June 28. Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders stepped in to add drums for 'The Age Of The Understatement'. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Jack White joins The Last Shadow Puppets on Glastonbury's Park Stage, Saturday June 28. Speaking to NME.COM afterwards, Miles Kane explained they had simply bumped into White backstage: "We just asked him and he said yes." Photo: Tom Oxley

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Last Shadow Puppets' Alex Turner and Miles Kane share a joke during their surprise set on Glastonbury's Park Stage. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Biffy Clyro, John Peel Stage, Saturday June 28. The Scots rockers' set was marred by fans chanting "Fuck Jay-Z!" throughout. The rapper was headlining the Pyramid Stage at the same time. Photo: Sonia Melot

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Biffy Clyro, John Peel Stage, Friday June 28. The Ayrshire trio debuted tracks from their forthcoming fifth album, the follow-up to 2007's 'Puzzles'. Photo: Sonia Melot

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Biffy Clyro rock Glastonbury's John Peel Stage, Saturday June 28. Photo: Sonia Melot

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Jay-Z, Pyramid Stage, Saturday June 28. The rap superstar opened his set by taking a pop at Noel Gallagher, who had questioned the validity of a hip-hop act playing Glastonbury. Photo: PA Photos

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The crowd before the Jay-Z performance on the Pyramid Stage during day two of the Glastonbury Festival, Somerset. Photo: PA Photos

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Battles, Park Stage, Saturday June 28. The avant-rockers played just before headliners CSS. Photo: Andrew Whitton

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CSS, The Park Stage, Saturday June 28. Taking to the balloon-decorated stage at 12.05am (BST), singer Lovefoxxx, sporting an enormous woolly coat and white afro wig, screamed wildly at the audience then launched into new track 'Rat Is Dead (Rage)'. Photo: James Quinton

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Glastonbury Festival as it looked at 8pm, Saturday June 28. Michael Eavis has declared that this year's event was "make or break", but claims he now has "three or four" headliners in mind for 2009. Photo: Danny North

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The rubbish mounts up at Glastonbury Festival, Saturday June 28. Photo: Danny North

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Battles, Park Stage, Saturday June 28. The US math-rockers' set included the epic 'Atlas', an NME Single Of The Week in 2007. Photo: Andrew Whitton

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Michael Eavis gives a press conference on the final day of the festival. "We've had fantastic weather and a fantastic festival," said the Glastonbury founder. "We're in the safety zone now. There was a danger of losing it last year, particularly with all the mud. We had brilliant headliners last year, which the media didn't think we had this year, but we've proved them wrong, it was absolutely brilliant." Photo: PA Photos

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Glastonbury Festival - not your usual toilet venue.

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The Mystery Jets perform at Glastonbury 2008, Sunday June 29. Photo: Guy Eppel

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Mark Ronson performs on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2008. He was joined onstage by Lily Allen for a cover of Kaiser Chiefs' 'Oh My God', taken from Ronson's second album 'Version'. Photo: Guy Eppel

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Alice Glass of Crystal Castles performs on the John Peel Stage on the final day of Glastonbury 2008. Her energetic stage antics, which included climbing on speaker stacks and diving into the photo pit, led organisers to cut the band off mid-set. Photo: Guy Eppel

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Blaine of The Mystery Jets leads his Eel Pie Islanders as they perform at Glastonbury 2008. Recent single 'Two Doors Down' sparked a mass singalong on the final day of festivities. Photo: Guy Eppel

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Alice Glass of Crystal Castles rocks the John Peel tent at Glastonbury 2008. Photo: Guy Eppel

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Mark Ronson looking rather happy with himself as his Glastonbury Pyramid Stage performance draws a mammoth crowd on the final day of the three-day bash in June 2008. Photo: Guy Eppel

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Crystal Castles keyboardist Ethan brings the samples and beats as his band storm Glastonbury 2008. Photo: Guy Eppel

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The Pigeon Detectives' Matt Bowman delights fans on Glastonbury's Other Stage, Sunday June 29. "I'll let you in on a secret," singer Matt Bowman told the crowd five songs into the set. "I've bought a brand new rain coat and wellies and I haven't had a chance to use them yet." Photo: PA Photos

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Goldfrapp, Pyramid Stage, Glastonbury, Sunday June 29. Their set proved to be a sexually-charged spectacle, involving gyrating pole dancers and flamboyant costumes.

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Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Dance East Stage, Sunday June 29. Frontman Morgan Yeah? told the crowd: "My first Glastonbury was when I was 12. This guy came up to me and gave me a piece of paper with a strawberry on it. I put it in my mouth and I've never been the same again.â

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Festival goers enjoy the second successive day of sunshine at Glastonbury 2008. It's the first time the bash has enjoyed good weather since 2003. Photo: PA Photos

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Leonard Cohen, Pyramid Stage, Glastonbury, Sunday June 29. The singer-songwriter delighted the crowd by changing the lyric to 'Hallelujah' from "I told the truth, I didn't come here to fool ya" to "I told the truth, I didn't come to Glastonbury to fool ya". Photo: PA Photos

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Neil Diamond, Pyramid Stage, Sunday June 29. At one point the sound cut out completely, forcing a delay, during which the huge crowd clapped along with the star, and started chanting "Neil! Neil!" before the track came back in, to huge cheers. Photo: PA Photos

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The Verve close the Pyramid Stage, Sunday June 29. Topping the bill on the last night of the three day festival, the reunited band served up a mix of anthems and previewed their new album 'Forth', due out in August. Photo: PA Photos

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The Verve, Glastonbury 2008. Frontman Richard Ashcroft told told the crowd: "I want to thank Emily Eavis for asking us to play. I hope her dad realises why he booked us now, I think he was worried we wouldn't be as good as Keane or something." Photo: PA Photos

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Ida Maria, The Other Stage, Friday June 27. The Norwegian indie starlet took a pop at Saturday's headliner Jay-Z, telling the crowd his music was "like karaoke". Photo: Nathan Gallagher

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Reservoir Dogs II took the piss. Photo: PA Photos

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Beyonce Knowles (far right), Amy Winehouse (2nd left) and Jack White (3rd right) watch Jay-Z perform on the Pyramid Stage during day two of the Glastonbury Festival, Somerset. Photo: PA Photos

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The Kills, John Peel Stage, Friday June 27. The duo's set was delayed by a call of nature. "They'll be on in a minute," the sheepish stage compere told the crowd. "Alison [Mosshart, singer] has just gone for a piss." Pic: www.photoshot.com

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Michael Eavis waves to the crowd as Leonard Cohen performs on the Pyramid Stage during day three of the Glastonbury Festival. Cohen's rendition of 'Hallelujah', which he played just as the sun was going down, was many people's highlight of the festival. Photo: PA Photos

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Kelly Osbourne, backstage at Glastonbury with her 18-year-old boyfriend Luke Worrell, Sunday June 28. Photo: PA Photos

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Klaxons' Jamie Reynolds gets intimate with Florence Welch of blues/garage duo Florence And The Machine. The pair spent most of Friday and Saturday drinking in the backstage bar. Pic: www.photoshot.com

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The Duke Spirit, Park Stage, Friday June 27. The grunge-influenced fivesome aired tracks from their recently-released second album, 'Neptune'. Photo: Nathan Gallagher

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Kate Moss with boyfriend Jamie Hince, backstage at Glastonbury 2008. According to Lily Allen, Moss got bored on the first day and jetted off to Ibiza instead. Photo: PA Photos

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A festival-goer sits on a man's shoulders whilst watching James Blunt perform on the Pyramid stage during day two of the Glastonbury Festival, Somerset. Photo: PA Photos

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Festival goers charge their mobile phones using bicycles, Sunday June 29. Photo: PA Photos

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Glastonbury Festival 2008 - as glamorous as ever. Photo: PA Photos

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Leonard Cohen, Pyramid Stage, Sunday June 29. Cohen played many of his most famous songs, including 'Who By Fire', 'Suzanne' and 'So Long, Marianne', after which he said the crowd: "It's a great honour to play before these angels born of the mud." Photo: PA Photos

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Mark Ronson is joined by Lily Allen for a cover of Kaiser Chiefs' 'Oh My God', Pyramid Stage, Sunday June 29. The producer told the crowd: "I've been asking her to do a song with us for two years now. This is the first time she's done it. It must be because she loves you lot, thank you Glastonbury." Photo: PA Photos

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Kate Nash and Ryan Jarman negotiate a muddy backstage area, Friday June 27. Both artists played that day, with Nash opening the Pyramid Stage and The Cribs closing the John Peel Stage. Pic: Wireimage

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MGMT's Andrew VanWyngarden onstage at Glastonbury 2008. The gig was the Brooklyn-based duo's first ever UK festival appearance. Read all it about it in NME's Glastonbury Special, on sale from today (Wednesday July 2). Photo: Tim Cochrane

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The Verve's Richard Ashcroft soaks up the atmosphere during the band's headline appearance at Glastonbury 2008. The indie icon was obviously moved as thousands of punters joined in to sing the bandâ

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