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Bruce Springsteen joins fellow New Jersey band The Gaslight Anthem on the tiny (relative to the Pyramid) John Peel Stage, Saturday June 27. Singer Brian Fallon later returned the favour, guesting with Springsteen on the 'Born In The USA' track 'No Surrender'. Pic: WENN

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Welcome to the biggest Glastonbury photo gallery on the internet. Keep clicking for over 250 images from the festival, including all the key bands, the backstage celebrities, the nutters covered in mud, and all the weirdest goings-on from the outer limits of the festival.

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Dominic West, aka Jimmy McNulty in TV crime drama 'The Wire', hangs out backstage at Glastonbury. Inbetween being mobbed by fans, the well-spoken British actor told NME that last night's headline performance by Neil Young "blew [his] socks off." Photo: Danny North

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Highlights of this year's festival included Blur's triumphant Sunday night headline set, Bruce Springsteen's euphoric (if slightly over-long) Saturday performance, and rousing performances from newer acts such as Florence And The Machine and, in particular, Dizzee Rascal, who drew a colossal crowd to the Pyramid Stage on Saturday.

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Blur close Glastonbury 2009 in spectacular fashion. Topping the bill on the Pyramid Stage on the final night of the festival, the reunited band kicked off with their debut single, 'She's So High'. Pic: PA

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La Roux in the Dance Village, Saturday afternoon. Elly Jackson packed out the tent, although the gig didn't really come alive until she played hit single 'In For The Kill'. She started off the gig in a bad mood because someone had drenched the stage in dry ice without her consent. Photo: Andy Whitton

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Podpads - along with yurts, 'squrts' and a private camping area - comprise the hospitality accommodation at Glastonbury. The whole area's been moved up the hill past the John Peel stage this year, to make room for more backstage seating/ligging and a whole new stage ensconced in a mini globe.

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Michael and Emily Eavis prepare for the onslaught, on Wednesday June 24th. Emily spoke out today about the death of Michael Jackson, and promised a series of tributes across the weekend.

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Lady Gaga played to a massive crowd on the Other Stage on Friday (June 26th) at 8pm, delighting punters by shooting fire from her breasts.
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Damon Albarn arrived at Glastonbury a day early - Blur don't play until Sunday - to soak up the sunshine and enjoy the festival. He was spotted backstage hanging out with the comedian Harry Enfield. Pic: PA

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Girls Aloud's Nicola Roberts hangs out backstage at Glastonbury 2009. Other spots include Jonathan Woodgate, Badly Drawn Boy and The Verve's Nick McCabe. Photo: PA Photos

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Supermarket-style stalls offer those last minute essentials at criminal prices. 90,000 people had descended onto the site by 4pm on Thursday, June 26th.

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Little Boots, aka Blackpool-raised singer-songwriter Victoria Hesketh, was getting a lot of attention from the paparazzi backstage. Her fame definitely seems to be growing.
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Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O sports a colourful cape as her band takes to the Other Stage at 5pm on Sunday. The singer dedicated ballad 'Maps' to Michael Jackson. Pic: PA

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Mr Hudson And The Library were one of the first acts on today (June 26th), and Mr Hudson moonwalked across the stage in a tribute to the late Michael Jackson.

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"I was in a talent contest when I was a child," Mr Hudson told an early afternoon crowd on the first day proper of Glastonbury (Friday), "and was asked what I wanted to be. I said I wanted to Michael Jackson".

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Kasabian warmed things up for Bruce Springsteen on Saturday night at Glastonbury 2009. Photo: Andy Whitton

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The sun sets on Worthy Farm on Thursday June 25th. The forecast for the rest of the weekend is, unsurprisingly, a mix of sunshine and showers.

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Fake wayfarers are still de rigeur onsite at an overcast Glastonbury Festival. As are fake wigs, cyber-goth clothes, toplessness and full-on nudity in one case.
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The biggest draw on Thursday night (June 25th) was East 17. They had their set delayed several times and finally took the stage at 10.30pm, just before news of Michael Jackson's death broke. The threesome finished their set with 'Stay Another Day'. The song was a Christmas in Number One in 1994.
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Punters gather on the Thursday of Glastonbury (June 25th). The evening was marred by the news of Michael Jackson's death. He's not the first star to die on the eve of Glasto though - Hendrix passed away just before the 1970 weekend kicked off.

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Glasto fans chill out on some rare dry ground on Thursday (June 25th). The festival hit its stride on Friday, with performances from The Dead Weather, Little Boots, The Horrors, The Streets, The Specials and headliner Neil Young.

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Jack Penate on the John Peel Stage, Friday evening. The tent was packed with fans eager to hear tracks from new album 'Everything Is New'. Penate was in energetic mood, diving into the crowd after 'Let's All Die' and bellowing, "This has been genuinely wonderful."

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Florence And The Machine played the John Peel Stage at 8pm on Saturday night (June 27th). She finished the set with her version of 'You Got The Love' at almost the same time Kasabian were playing their version. Photo: Danny North

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Some of the many, many "wacky" people at Glastonbury 2009. This year's festival sees more sideshow attractions than ever, including theatre and circus fields, Trash City and of course the Shangri-La area. The theme there for this year is 'Dyscotopia'.

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131,000 people were on site by 9.30am Friday morning (June 26th), with 1,000 of those having been treated at the medical centre.

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Pete Doherty on The Other Stage, Saturday afternoon. Coming onstage wearing a gold and black military jacket, Doherty headbutted his microphone and waved to the massive crowd, who cheered him back heartily. Opening song 'The Last Of The English Roses' saw the singer/guitarist joined by two ballerinas.

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More pasty flesh on display. Backstage celebrity spots so far include the omnipresent Andrew Marr, tubby astrologer Russell Grant, Harry Enfield and Mat Horne.

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Crowds at Worthy Farm on Thursday June 25th 2009. During the weekend, the festival becomes the second biggest township in Somerset after Bath.

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The Streets, Jazz World Stage, Friday night. Mike Skinner played a cover of Michael Jackson's 'Beat It', as well as a new song, 'Trust Me'. In the run-up to the festival, Skinner also made a crop circle of his face on a field overlooking the Glastonbury site.

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More fancy dressed punters at Glasto 2009, who no doubt disagree with Nicky Wire's oft-quoted dismissal of the place ("someone should build a bypass over this shithole").

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Bobby Gillespie once called the crowds at Glastonbury a "bunch of fucking hippies". In truth, the hippy contingent is minimal these days. The event continues today with live action from The Dead Weather, Lady Gaga, Jack Penate and The Streets.

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In a subtle tribute to Michael Jackson's passing, Lily Allen wore a white glove for her Pyramid Stage slot at 6.20pm on Friday (June 26th). Her set was attended by a huge crowd, aided no doubt by the appearance of blazing sunshine after a day of dispiriting rain. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Crowds trudge onto site. There were reputedly massive traffic problems for arrivals on Wednesday (June 24th), with some punters reporting horrific hold-ups of up to thirteen hours.

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Friendly Fires brought the indie rave to Glastonbury on Friday (June 26th), playing the Other Stage at 6.30pm without their customary carnival dancers but with plenty of energy nonetheless. Photo: Tom Martin

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Regina Spektor hit the Pyramid Stage at 1.40pm on Friday (June 26th). The legendary stage sees action from The Specials and Neil Young later today. Photo: Andy Whitton

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Fucked Up kicked off their 2pm set on the John Peel stage on Friday (June 26th) with 'Father The Son' and woke up anyone at Glastonbury who was still in bed. Photo: Tom Martin

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Abba covers band Bjorn Again got the coveted 11am slot on the Pyramid Stage, opening the festival proper. Keep clicking all weekend for the biggest Glastonbury photo gallery you'll find anywhere. Photo: Tom Martin

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A caveman runs riot at Glastonbury 2009, and why the hell not? Photo: Andy Whitton

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Hotly-tipped new electro-pop star Little Boots, aka Victoria Hesketh. The blonde singer from Blackpool once again dazzled the audience with her radio-dominating songs, including 'Mathematics', 'Stuck On Repeat' and 'Remedy'. Photo: Danny North

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For the first ever Glastonbury festival in 1970, Michael Eavis had to construct the toilets himself. Now he has twenty two teams patrolling the site, sucking shit out of thousands of facilities.

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Bruce Springsteen at Glastonbury. The Boss over-ran the curfew set by the local council by nine minutes, racking up a £3000 fine - which organiser Michael Eavis happily offered to pay on his behalf.

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Fleet Foxes brought the beardy folk to the Pyramid Stage at 4.40pm on Friday (June 25th).

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Some of the 137,500 punters at Glastonbury 2009. This year - thanks to headliners Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and Blur and hundreds of others - the festival sold out way in advance. Photo: Tom Martin

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Keith Flint backstage at Glastonbury on Saturday (June 27th). One NME staffer overheard a policeman asking him if he was going to play 'Fuck The Law' during The Prodigy's set. Photo: PA Photos

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Mud, mud, glorious mud. This year looks decidely better than previous festivals so far, especially 2005 when hundreds of tents floated away. Photo: Tom Martin

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Punters bare their knickers for the lens. Backstage celeb spots at the festival include Irvine Welsh, Andrew Marr, Russell Grant, perennial favourites the Geldof sisters and Jo Whiley. Photo: Andy Whitton

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Jo Whiley poses for the NME photographers backstage on Friday June 26th at Glastonbury 2009. Other celeb spots include Mat Horne and Dominic West, who plays detective Jimmy McNulty on The Wire. Photo: Jo Plimmer

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Keith Allen used to take his baby daughter, Lily, to Glastonbury to help him sell drugs. Keith confessed this in 2007: "I didn't see what was wrong with taking little Lily along with me as a sales tool - rather like the homeless lads do with dogs."

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Springsteen on the Pyramid Stage. The 59-year-old, who has sold 120 million records worldwide, ignored repeated requests for 'Born In The USA', instead playing a more thoughtful set that included a cover of the Civil War-era folk standard 'Hard Times', penned in 1855.

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Mud starts to appear at Worthy Farm. The festival kicked off on Thursday (June 25th) with a 4pm appearance from Maximo Park on the Queens Head Stage - attended by an audience estimated at 60,000 people. The resulting crush forced the gig to be delayed. Photo: Andy Whitton

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Some of the backstage artwork at Glastonbury 2009. New features in the artist and industry ligger area include a huge globe stage that saw a performance from a questionable beatboxer on Thursday night, huge wooden chairs and a big elephant. Photo: Jo Plimmer

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M Ward - who is sometimes the 'him' in the folk duo She And Him, alongside Zooey Deschanel, performs on the Park Stage on Saturday night.

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A familiar sight at Glastonbury. Last year's festival cost a staggering £22 million to put on and this year's will no doubt top that. Photo: Jo Plimmer

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Pants Of Peace - some of the merch available at Glastonbury 2009. Keep clicking to see the entire thing covered from every possible angle. Photo: Jo Plimmer

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Doherty played an impromptu cover of Talking Heads' 'Psycho Killer'. However, the star was left red-faced when he forgot the words to the song, much to his and the audience's amusement. "I'm fucked if I know the second verse," he mumbled.

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N.E.R.D. were a last-minute addition to the bill at Glastonbury 2009. Billed as "special guests" in the festival guide, they hit the Pyramid Stage at 3.10pm on Friday (June 26th) - but were forced to cut their set short. Time ran out, and the plug was pulled midway through their song 'Everyone Nose'.

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Some of the futuristic artwork at Glastonbury Festival 2009. The site is peppered with pieces that are erected over the course of the preceding week. Photo: Jo Plimmer

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Specials fans fly their flag on Thursday night (June 25th). The band hit the Pyramid Stage tonight (Friday) at 8pm. Photo: Jo Plimmer

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He might look like a lunatic, but he's better prepared than a lot of people on site. Photo: Jo Plimmer

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A skateboarder grabs some air at Glastonbury 2009. The fun continues today with headliners across the stages including Neil Young, Bloc Party, Doves, Q-Tip and Ray Davies.

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Alison Mosshart, one half of The Dead Weather alongside Jack White, enjoys a smoke during the band's 'surprise' set on the Park Stage on Friday evening. The band aired tracks from their forthcoming album 'Horehound', plus covers of tracks by Van Morrison and Bob Dylan. Photo: Andy Whitton

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Weird Glasto fact: this year a murder trial in London has been put on hold after one of the jurors was allowed time out in order to attend this year’s festival. Photo: Jo Plimmer

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One of the many tributes to the late Michael Jackson across the site. 'Billie Jean' had been heard pumping from burger van stereos approximately 300 times by time of writing. Photo: Jo Plimmer

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Michael Eavis happily declared this year's Glastonbury the best yet (and he might be right). He also paid the £3,000 fine the council charged for Springsteen's extended set. Photo: Joe Plimmer

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You'll find Glastonbury in the Guinness Book Of Records - in the juggling section. On 26 June 1984, 826 people - each juggling at least 3 objects - managed to keep 2,478 objects in the air.

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A man sells night lights in the market section of the site. You can buy pretty much anything on-site, from camping supplies at Millets to dreamcatchers and Hare Krishna vegan food. Photo: Danny North

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Many Glastonbury veterans remember the streaker who bounded onstage during Elastica's set in 1995. This was Anthony Genn, later frontman of The Hours, who explained his behaviour in rueful terms: "I'd taken an astronomical sum of drugs that would kill most elephants. Any regrets? I wish, perhaps, my cock hadn't been so shrivelled." Photo: Jo Plimmer

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A Specials fan gets his face painted on Thursday (June 25th) at Glastonbury 2009. Photo: Danny North

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Festival punters drink over 400,000 pints of beer and cider from the official bars alone each year. Photo: Danny North

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The View take to the Other Stage on Friday (June 26th) at 3.45pm. They were followed by Friendly Fires, Lady Gaga, The Ting Tings and Bloc Party.

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This year's event is business as usual after the skin-of-the-teeth success of last year. Sluggish ticket sales meant that 2008 was the first time the festival had failed to turn a profit in 39 years. Photo: Danny North

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A market trader offers up grilled chicken at Glastonbury 2009. Culinary options here run from burgers to Mexican, Caribbean, vegan and everything in between. Photo: Danny North

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Punters roll their alcohol in to the site on Thursday (June 25th). Photo: Danny North

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Glastonbury has been mentioned many times in song - but it's hardly a noble tradition. Kula Shaker wrote a song, '303' about the A303 road (which leads to Glastonbury). Meanwhile, Scouting For Girls and Nizlopi have both written songs entitled 'Glastonbury'. Photo: Danny North

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Irvine Welsh poses for NME photographers backstage. He said (twice) he was more upset over Farrah Fawcett's death than Michael Jackson's because "you have to be more upset by someone you've had a wank over". Photo: Jo PLimmer

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The highest official attendance was in the muddy year of 2007, when 177,500 tickets were sold. However, since gathecrashing was common before the 'superfence' was erected in 2002, it's thought the actual attendance in the late 90s and early noughties regularly exceeded 250,000. That's not far shy of the population of Iceland. Photo: Danny North

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VV Brown poses for photographers by the backstage elephant on Friday (June 26th) at Glastonbury 2009. Keep clicking for more pictures and head to NME.COM/festivals for live reports and blogs from Worthy Farm.

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It's easy to forget that Glastonbury was once the site of violence as well as peace and love. In 1991 there was a major tussle between police and new-age travellers. When the festival returned in 1992, the long-running unspoken rule - travellers got in for free - was suspended. Photo: Danny North

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Glastonbury history: 1987 was the year of the trouser-thieves. Overnight, hundreds of trousers were stolen from festival-goers' tents so criminals could pick their pockets. Photo: Danny North

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Though Emily Eavis now co-organises the festival - and will soon take over from her dad - she first became known at Glastonbury in 1985, when she was sent onto the Pyramid Stage, aged six, to play 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' on her violin. It went down so well she ended up doing five encores.

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One of the sacred stones at Glastonbury. The stone circle is coordinated with the Summer Solstice, which is the reason the festival is held in the rainy month of June. Photo: Jo Plimmer

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Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand reveals his mushroom-shaped camping arrangements to NME. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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A Glastonbury reveller gets into the spirit of the event, down the front at the Pyramid Stage. Photo: Jo Plimmer

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Glasto fact: Christian myths, as well as Arthurian ones, are associated with Glastonbury. One legend states that Joseph of Arimathea visited Glastonbury along with Jesus as a child. Years later Joseph supposedly returned, with the crucified Jesus' blood in a cup. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Punters at Glastonbury 2009. 30 megawatts of electricity are used by the festival weekend – around the same as the city of Bath. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Glastonbury has occasionally been a lawless place. Police officers were not present on site until 1990. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Jamie Hornsmith from The Rakes chills by one of the sacred stones at Glastonbury 2009. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Dizzee Rascal began his 4.20pm Pyramid Stage set on Saturday (June 27th) in a suit, only to rip it off revealing this T-shirt. The crowd assembled was one of the biggest the site's seen yet. Photo: PA Photos

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A festival-goer has his hair done by a suspicious looking barber at Worthy Farm on Friday (June 26th). Photo: Tom oxley

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Many myths have attached themselves to Glastonbury and the surrounding area. In the 12th century the monks of Glastonbury Abbey "discovered" the body of the mythical King Arthur. Photo: Tom Oxley

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In 2007, 2,485 miles of toilet roll were on site for the opening day. That’s as far as London is from Baghdad. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Recent Radar star Wolf Gang hangs out at the festival. Get this week's mag for an interview with the glam-post-punk star. Photo: Tom Oxley

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The Specials were one of the first bands to enjoy a sunny set on the Pyramid Stage at this year's Glastonbury. After a morning of downpours the clouds finally parted as the reformed veterans played classics including 'Monkey Man' and 'Ghost Town'. Singer Terry Hall explained "It's taken us 28 years to get here." Photo: Danny North

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Glasto fact: when the Glasto cows are moved to their “mootel” for the weekend, they actually produce more milk than usual – about 300-400 litres a day more.

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White Lies played a cover of Bruce Springsteen's 'Dancing In The Dark' during their 5pm slot on the Other Stage on Friday (June 26th).

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The Black Eyed Peas headline the Jazz World Stage, Sunday night. Co-vocalist Will.I.Am attracted mass booing by repeatedly shouting "What's up, London?" - Glastonbury is, of course, nowhere near London - although the band got the crowd back onside with a lengthy tribute to Michael Jackson. Pic: PA

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A punter in a wedding dress curses the mud at Glastonbury 2009. Most people arrived on Wednesday, enjoying two days of glorious sunshine - right up until the moment the festival actually started, at which point it bucketed it down. Brilliant. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Torrential thunder and lightning, dramatic news of Michael Jackson's death, lady GaGa shooting fire from her breasts... Glastonbury 2009 has got off to an eventful start. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Wellies were out in force on the first day of Glastonbury. Most people had come prepared, bad weather being pretty much par for the course by now. The last non-muddy year was 2003. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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The iconic Pyramid Stage basks in the glow of early evening sunshine. By the time Lily Allen came on, it was T-shirt and shorts weather, ensuring a colossal crowd for the 'Smile' singer, who first attended the festival as a five-month-old baby. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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The tents stretch to the horizon at Glastonbury 2009. Friday night's headline act was Neil Young. The Canadian legend, forced to pull out in 1997 after cutting his finger while making a ham sandwich, played a two-hour plus set featuring a host of his classic songs including 'Cinnamon Girl' and 'Heart Of Gold'. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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The Other Stage, which hosted performances from The Ting Tings, Lady GaGa and Friendly Fires on Friday June 26. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Wall-climbing - one of the more outlandish distractions at Glastonbury this year. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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The remote Park Stage, which this year hosts performances from The Horrors and Noah And The Whale. Photo: Tim cochrane

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Revellers enjoy themselves despite the mud at Glastonbury 2009. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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A high vantage point on the outer boundary of the Glastonbury site - the perfect spot for watching the sun come up, for those with the stamina to stay up that long. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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The notorious Glastonbury toilets. The first ever loos on the site, back in 1970, consisted of scaffolding positioned over a hole, with a hessian drape for privacy. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Noisettes rock the John Peel Stage on Sunday, sandwiched between Ladyhawke and The Wombats. Later that night, Echo And The Bunnymen headlined the stage. Pic: TM

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A skateboarder freestyles on a skate park on the 2009 Glastonbury site. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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The Other Stage - home this year to performances from The Ting Tings, The Rakes, Mr. Hudson, Friendly Fires, Lady GaGa and Bloc Party, amongst others. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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No, not the lead singer of Fucked Up, but a "wacky" reveler dressed as... a sumo wrestler! Haha! Sigh. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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A sand sculpture a Glastonbury 2009. Is the bearded figure a Michael Eavis tribute? Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Tipis fill a grassy field - as thousands of tents fill the space running to the horizon. An estimated 137,000 festival goers will stay on the site this year. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Party time. Late night options for those wanting to stay up 'til dawn on Worthy Farm include the already legendary Shangri-La, The Rabbit Hole and a 3D Disco where dancers all wear special glasses Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Legendary rocker Neil Young hails the crowd from the Pyramid Stage on Saturday (June 26). The American guitarist dazzled the crowd with a lengthy rendition of 'Rocking In The Free World'. Photo: Danny North

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The Streets' Mike Skinner on the Jazz World Stage. Skinner's impressive set included a timely tribute to Michael Jackson as the band covered the classic 'Billie Jean' and sparked a heartfelt crowd sing-along. Photo: Guy Eppel

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Inside a "yurt" tent in the posh camping area. Fork out enough cash and sleeping in an Argos tent by the loos becomes a thing of the past. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Fans celebrate being down the front of a stage at Glastonbury - no easy task.

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Metric on The Other Stage, Saturday afternoon. The Toronto-based band recently released their fourth album, 'Fantasies'. Pic: JP

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Hundreds of party-goers pack a tent on Michael Eavis's farm. The 73-year-old festival organiser has admitted he may step down from running the festival in two years time, handing the reigns to 29-year-old daughter Emily.

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British Sea Power brought their foliage and massive catalogue of indie pop goodness to the Avalon stage on Fridar night (June 26th) at 9.30pm. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Any hopes of a mud-free Glastonbury were crushed when stunning thunder and lightning storms filled the skies over the site on Thursday evening. A scorching week of sunshine ended and inches of rain pounded the festival site - much to some punters' delight. Photo: Danny North

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Singer Lady Gaga performs hit single 'Poker Face'. The song had already been covered at Glastonbury by punk-rockers The Rakes, and featured in Faith No More's recent set in London. Photo: Guy Eppel

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Glastonbury festival - never a good place to slip over. Photo: Danny North

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Neil Young keeps on rocking in the free world, Friday night, Pyramid Stage. 12 years after he was forced to pull out of the festival thanks to a ham sandwich injury, Young played a triumphant set, watched by Dominic West aka 'The Wire''s Jimmy McNulty, who told NME that Young's set "blew [his] socks off." Photo: Danny North

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'Dunkirk Spirit' once again presides over a muddy Glastonbury as festival goers embrace the soaking conditions. Photo: Danny North

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Little Boots celebrates a triumphant set on the John Peel stage that pulled a huge crowd - despite being on at the same time as Lily Allen and Friendly Fires. Photo: Danny North

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Jack White and Alison Mosshart's band The Dead Weather played a surprise gig at Glastonbury on Friday (June 26). Jack White takes to the drums in the new four-piece, rather than playing guitar. Photo: Andy Whitton

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Alison Mosshart of The Kills in side-project band The Dead Weather. White Stripes head honcho Jack White drums in the new group. Photo: Andy Whitton

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Lady Gaga at Glastonbury 2009. The blonde singer once again revealed her fun side as her Glastonbury gig included baring her buttocks and sparks flying from her boobs - obviously to cheers from the crowd. Photo: Guy Eppel

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The Ting Tings have now played Glastonbury three times, on the BBC Introducing Stage in 2007, the John Peel Stage in 2008, and now on The Other Stage. This year the band injected extra fun by playing a record by Aerosmith as well as the Ghostbusters theme. Photo: PA photos

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Head over to The Park Stage at Glastonbury and you'll find this bizarre pink construction. The colourfully-lit tower can be climbed by festival goers and offers a far-reaching view of the festival site. Photo: Tome Oxley

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The Park Stage at night: this year home to NME favourites The Horrors, Animal Collective and Golden Silvers, amongst others. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Jamie T rocks out at Glastonbury, playing his new 'Sticks And Stones' EP. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Faris Badwan of The Horrors sports a white jacket in contrast to his band mates' all-black outfits. The Essex outfit played tracks from dazzling new album 'Primary Colours'.

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The Horrors watch the sun go down from The Park Stage. The Beach Boys-inspired Animal Collective followed and ended the night on the stage.

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American folk-rockers Animal Collective end Saturday night at Glastonbury in the intimate setting of The Park Stage. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Q-Tip headlined the Jazz World stage on Friday night (June 26th) at 11pm. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Crowds gather for the Specials' Pyramid Stage slot on Friday night (June 26th). The ska legends played a hit-packed set from 8pm ahead of Neil Young.

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One entrepreneur shows considerable commerical nous (but perhaps less tact) by turning this T-shirt around within 24 hours. Photo: Tom Martin

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VV Brown opened the Pyramid Stage at 11am on Saturday (June 27th). Photo: PA Photos

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Glasto fans cheer the arrival of the sun on Friday night (June 26th). The festival continues today (Saturday), with headline performances from Bruce Springsteen, Franz Ferdinand and Jarvis Cocker.

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A performer hangs in the air at the Shangri-La area, which this year has the theme Discotopia. Huge flames shoot into the air, giant robots dance and several thousand freaks pack into the area nightly, and yesterday (Friday 25th) Lady Gaga played a secret show.

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Shangri-La on Friday night (June 26th). The area - along with the Dance Arena - comprises most of the late night action.

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Rolf Harris played to a massively oversubscribed Jazz World Stage on Saturday (June 27th). His set included two versions of 'Tie Me Kangaroo Down', sung to the tune of 'Land Of Hope And Glory'. Photo: Tom Martin

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The vegetable garden in the Greenpeace area has a variety of fresh vegetables for picking - and even a Post Office. Photo: Tom Martin

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Spinal Tap rocked the Pyramid Stage on Saturday (June 27th). The set consisted of a mini Stonehenge, a visit from two dwarfs, and guest appearances from Jamie Cullum (keyboards) and Jarvis Cocker (bass). Photo: Danny North

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Tributes continue to flood in for Michael Jackson. Grab Wednesday's NME for a special tribute issue plus a full report from the weekend at Worthy Farm. Photo: Tom Martin

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Little Boots had to leave the site after her Friday afternoon set on the John Peel Stage - but was then so desperate to see Blur play on Sunday she flew back by helicopter. Photo: Danny North

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A huge queue forms for the Orange Chill And Charge tent, which offers charging points, live music and much-needed comfy couches. Photo: Tom Martin

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Punters near the stone circle at Glastonbury 2009. The circle is not as ancient as you might think, having only been completed in 1990. Photo: Andy Whitton

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Eagles Of Death Metal on the Pyramid Stage on Saturday lunchtime (June 27). Frontman Jesse Hughes, who was watched from the side of the stage by his mum, admitted to being "terrified" of playing before spoof rock legends Spinal Tap. Photo: Andy Willsher

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Glastonbury has its own university this year, the Glastonbury Free University, which provides a loose timetable of spoken word events and public debates. Photo: Tom Martin

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Tony Christie also played a few old standards, including Andy Williams' 'Can't Take My Eyes Off You' and The Righteous Brothers' 'You've Lost That Loving Feeling'. Pic: PA

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Glastonbury’s toilets are infamous, but as the daily Q newspaper points out today (Saturday), 2.6 billion people in the world lack basic sewage facilities and four in 10 people in the world have no toilet. Photo: Tom Martin

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A Greenpeace demonstration gathers at Glastonbury, Saturday June 27. As ever, charity campaigners are out in force at the festival. Most visible of all is Oxfam, who have encouraged thousands of revellers to paint their faces blue in a bid to draw attention to climate change. Pic: PA

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A Glastonbury reveller heads for the dance area, Saturday June 27. The Dance Village first opened in 1995, and now comprises six stages. It holds a massive 20,000 people and hosts the Silent Disco as well as DJs 24 hours a day. Photo: Tom Martin

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The Big Pink, John Peel Stage, Saturday June 27. The nu-shoegazers played a typically dark and dirgey set, in sharp contrast to the blazing sunshine beating down outside the tent. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Night falls on The Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury during Neil Young's headline set, which was witnessed by Dominic West, who plays Jimmy McNulty in 'The Wire'. Afterwards, West told NME that Young's set "blew [his] socks off.". Photo: Tim Cochrane

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As the headline acts wind up, the hordes head off for the further reaches of the Glastonbury site. Shangri-La and Trash City were the most popular destinations, although given the sheer size of the site it can take as long as an hour to get there from the Pyramid Stage. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Jamie Cullum arrives onsite, Saturday June 27. In addition to playing the Jazz World Stage, the jazz crooner - who is a Glastonbury regular, having been here many times as a punter before finding fame - also made a guest appearance onstage with Spinal Tap. Pic: PA

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Bombay Bicycle Club hit the Park Stage at 1pm on Saturday (June 27th). The action continues tonight with Franz Ferdinand, Jarvis Cocker and Bruce Springsteen. Photo: Danny North

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Peter Doherty took to the Other Stage today (Saturday) at 4.50pm. Photo: PA Photos.

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White Lies pose backstage at Glastonbury on Saturday (27th). They're due to play the John Peel tent at 9.30pm tonight (Saturday). Photo: Danny North

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Shangri-La on Friday night. The area was massively-oversubscribed, and thousands of punters were blocked into the disused railway line that feeds the zone. Photo: Danny North

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Jarvis Cocker and a coterie of voluptuous ladies joined Spinal Tap for a rendition of 'Big Bottom', which closed their set. Photo: Danny North

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The Temper Trap played a relatively flat gig at Glastonbury on Saturday (June 27th). Photo: Tom Oxley

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One of the festival's numerous toilets. Luckily, there haven't been any faeces-based catastophes this year. In 1997, the Dance Tent was splattered in shit after a muck-sucking lorry accidentally had its nozzle set to "blow". Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Emily Eavis relaxes on site at Glastonbury 2009. For more pictures of the event as it happens this weekend, keep clicking. pic: Tim Cochrane

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The Script hit Glastonbury on Saturday (June 27th). The second day of the festival proper has seen some blazing sunshine as well as a typically eclectic bill including everyone from Crosby, Stills And Nash to Dizzee Rascal, La Roux and Spinal Tap. Photo: Tom Martin

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Tinchy Stryder hit the Dance East Stage at 4.15pm on Saturday. The stage has also seen action from Wiley and Eric Prydz and is hosting 2 Many DJs later tonight. Photo: Tom Martin

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Tinchy Stryder backstage at Glastonbury. Celeb spots from the backstage area now include The Wire's Jimmy McNulty, Badly Drawn Boy and fashion designer Henry Holland. Photo: Tom Martin

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WIley DJ-ed at the Dance East Stage today (Saturday), playing a selection of tracks from the likes of Dizzee Rascal and Lady Gaga and of course 'Wearing My Rolex'. Photo: Tom Martin

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Dizzee Rascal played a selection of Jacko hits during his set in tribute to the later singer, including 'Billie Jean' and 'Beat It'. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Blur headline the Pyramid Stage, Sunday night. The band were joined by extra musicians, including brass and backing singers, at various points throughout the set, with '13' tracks 'Trimm Trabb' and 'Tender' particularly benefiting from the enhanced arrangements.

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Klaxons dressed as conservatively as ever during their 'surprise' Saturday night show. Edward Scissorhands, the Tin Man, a headless person and a joker kicked off with 'Atlantis To Interzone' (twice) and ran through three new tracks during the set. Photo: Tom Oxley

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The Pyramid Stage shortly before Crosby, Stills And Nash played. Saturday has seen Worthy Farm bask in bright sunshine and unusual heat. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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The town of Glastonbury was called Glestingaburg in the 7th and 8th centuries. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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By the end of the festival, 54 tonnes of cans and plastic bottles will have been recycled. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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As well as playing tribute to Michael Jackson, Dizzee Rascal covered The Ting TIngs and also rapped over MIA's 'Paper Planes'. He played the Pyramid Stage at 4.20pm on Saturday (June 27th). Photo: Tom Oxley

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The famous Glasto loos. All residents in the nearby village of Pilton get a free ticket to the festival each year. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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A Jack Sparrow impersonator backstage at the festival. He was later seen heckling The Prodigy's Keith Flint as they arrived. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Glastonbury 2009. T.Rex headlined the first ever festival in 1970, alongside acts including Stackridge and Al Stewart. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Jarvis Cocker's headline set on Saturday (June 27th) was an eventful affair. A man made it onto the stage to scream into the microphone "if it wasn't for this man, Britpop would have been shit". Photo: PA Photos

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Glastonbury from the air. Our snapper Andy Willsher took to the skies for this shot, as well as a big aerial pic for the magazine - out Wednesday. Photo: Andy Willsher

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Crosby, Stills And Nash played a stunning set as the sun went down over the Pyramid Stage, including covers of The Rolling Stones, Buffalo Springfield, and The Grateful Dead.

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Peter Doherty at Glastonbury 2009. During his set on the Other Stage he covered Talking Heads' 'Psycho Killer'. Photo: Guy Eppel

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This year's hype band Passion Pit played the John Peel Stage on Saturday (June 27th) at 6.40pm. Photo: Tom Martin

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Kasabian played a hit-packed set to a huge crowd on Saturday night (June 27th). Photo: Andy Whitton

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Bruce Springsteen played a huge set on Saturday night (June 27th). which lasted for two and a half hours and culminated in 'Born To Run' followed by an encore of several tracks including 'Thunder Road' and 'Dancing In The Dark'. Photo: PA Photos

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A pink Spiderman strikes a pose near the Pyramid Stage on the Saturday (June 27th). Photo: Danny North

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Some early afternoon ravers at the Dance Village on Saturday. Photo: Danny North

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The Dance Village is massive this year, and has hosted sets from the likes of 2 Many DJs, Filthy Dukes, hotly-tipped Deadmau5 and even pop survivors East 17. Photo: Danny North

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Tonight's highlights on the dance stages include Calvin Harris, Peaches and - ahem - Jodie Harsh. Photo: Danny North

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Crowds at the Dance East stage on Saturday. The Glasto action continues today with headline sets from Blur, The Prodigy, Echo And The Bunnymen and The Black Eyed Peas. Photo: Danny North

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Kerazy Bananaman and his long-suffering buddies busk in the afternoon heat on the Saturday of Glastonbury 2009. Photo: Danny North

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Spinal Tap backstage at Glasto. The comedy rock legends played a well-attended set in the afternoon, which included an inflatable Stonehenge, dancing midgets and an appearance from Jarvis. Photo: PA Photos

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Florence And The Machine played to one of the John Peel Stage's biggest crowds on Saturday (June 27th), and ran through the majority of her recent album 'Lungs', including 'Dog Days Are Over' and 'You Got The Love'. Photo: Danny North

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Klaxons surprise Saturday show was a hit-packed affair with the likes of 'Golden Skans', 'Gravity's Rainbow' and 'It's Not Over Yet' drawing a rapturous response from the packed out tent.

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Bruce Springsteen headlined Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage on Saturday night, after a surprise appearance with The Gaslight Anthem. He also honoured Joe Strummer during his set by opening with an solo rendition of Strummer's 'Coma Girl'. Photo: PA Photos

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Pendulum's Rob Swine meets his fans at the Other Stage on Saturday night (June 27th). He declared Glastonbury "the best festival in the world". Photo: Danny North

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Pendulum bookended their high-octane Saturday night set on the Other Stage with bombastic renditions of 'Showdown' and 'Granite'. Photo: Danny North

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Afrika Express played a lengthy, improvisational set at around 2pm. A large crowd patiently sat through it, largely thanks to a rumour that Damon Albarn would be joining them on stage. He didn't. Photo: Tom Martin

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Ezra Bang And Hot Machine play the second of two performances at Glastonbury, Saturday June 27. Scott Wright, who blogs for NME and Pinglewood, desribed the New York and London-based act as "a monster made from the shreds and scraps of old rap, welded together and mounted on a stack of thrashed and trashed synthesizers." Photo: Danny North

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The crowd goes mental for Pendulum on The Other Stage, Saturday June 27. Pic: GE

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A dazzling light show accompanies Franz Ferdinand's headline set on The Other Stage on Saturday night. 'Lucid Dreams', from recent album 'Tonight: With Franz Ferdinand', went down particularly well. Pic: JP

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Maximo Park's Paul Smith relaxes backstage ahead of his band's set on the Other Stage on Saturday. It was Maximo Park's second gig of the weekend, having also appeared on the Queen's Head Stage on Thursday, drawing a huge crowd. Pic: JP

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Model Daisy Lowe and boyfriend Will Cameron pose for NME's photographer shortly after arriving in the backstage hospitality area. Pic: JP

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Florence Welch enjoys the backstage hospitality ahead of her Saturday night slot on the John Peel Stage. Her cover of Candi Staton's 'You Got The Love' was many people's highlight of the weekend so far. Pic: JP

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One of thousands of eccentrically dressed party people at Glastonbury 2009. Common themes this year included brightly-coloured Spidermen, wedding dresses, and of course the ever-present luminous tutus. Photo: PA photos

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Jarvis Cocker on The John Peel Stage, Saturday night. The former Pulp man was busy over the weekend, appearing onstage with Spinal Tap and Shlomo. Pic: PA

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A 'make a wish' display, near the Park Stage. Many people must have wished for the rain to stop, because after Friday lunchtime the weather was warm and dry. Photo: Tom Martin

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Late-night revellers embrace the madness of Saturday night at Glastonbury, traditionally the most debauched night of all. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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The crazies come out of the woodwork at Trash City, a futuristic performance art/cabaret area which one wag from Q magazine described as "a cross between Blade Runner and Grimsby docks."

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Bon Iver goes head to head with Bruce Springsteen. While The Boss was playing his epic set on the Pyramid, Justin Vernon was playing to a smaller, but no less enraptured, audience on the distant Park Stage.

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We suspect this may not be an official branch of Marks And Spencer.

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The Pyramid Stage crowd basks in sunshine on Saturday afternoon, shortly before Dizzee Rascal's well-attended set.

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The Pyramid Stage crowd goes wild for Bruce Springsteen. Many fair-weather Bruce fans found the set over-long at almost three hours - but a climactic salvo of 'Glory Days', 'Thunder Road' and 'Dancing In The Dark' ensured a dramatic, crowd-pleasing finish.

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An explosion of multi-coloured flags greet Bruce Springsteen on the Pyramid Stage. In a nod to Glastonbury lore, the veteran rocker opened with a cover of Joe Strummer's track 'Coma Girl', which was originally inspired by the festival.

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The sun sets on Glastonbury, Saturday June 27.

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Even after two days of sunshine, there was still plenty of mud onsite, enabling these nutters to have a dreck-spattered wrestling match, to the amusement of onlookers.

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Status Quo on the Pyramid Stage on Sunday, a day dominated by veteran acts. Prior to the festival guitarist Rick Parfitt enraged Glastonbury enthusiasts by declaring the festival "second rate" and "just another festival." Pic: PA

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Playing on the Pyramid Stage, crooner Tony Christie surprised the crowd with some modern cover versions. In addition to his best known hit, 'Is This The Way To Amarillo', Christie also played songs written by fellow Sheffield musicians, Jarvis Cocker and Richard Hawley. Pic: PA

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"Wow, there's a lot of people here," shouted Damon Albarn from the stage, before launching into 'Girls And Boys'. Pic: PA

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Blur headline Glastonbury. "I came here yesterday really early in the morning, it seems like there's a positive atmosphere," declared ahead of 'There's No Other Way', before cryptically adding, "That's what I want to say about something else, let's keep it positive!" Photo: Danny North

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Blur at Glastonbury. "I'm enjoying this," declared Damon Albarn midway through the set. "Thank you!" The feeling was clearly mutual, with the crowd singing along to practically ever song, although Number One single 'Country House' drew especially loud applause from the crowd.

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Noisettes vocalist Shingai Shoniwa takes a breather during the band's Glastonbury set. In addition to covering The Killers' 'When You Were Young' and T-Rex's 'Children Of The Revolution', Shoniwa also sang an a capella version of Michael Jackson's 'Ben'. Pic: TM

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Glasvegas perform on the Other Stage, Sunday night. "You gonna have a fucking good time here Glastonbury?" asked frontman James Allan, before playing opener 'Geraldine'. Pic: PA

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Tom Jones rolls out the hits at Glastonbury, Sunday June 28. In addition to the predictable favourites such as 'It's Not Unusual', the veteran crooner surprised the crowd with a cover of 'Unbelievable' by 90s electro-rockers EMF. Pic: TM

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The Prodigy headline The Other Stage, Sunday June 28. "Where the fuck's Glastonbury?" yelled vocalist Maxim as the band bounced on stage and launched into opener 'World's On Fire', one of the many songs performed from the band's recent album 'Invaders Must Die'. Pic: TM

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Glastonbury in full swing, Sunday June 28. The major talking point of the day was the man with the jet-pack who kept flying over the Pyramid Stage, distracting the bands and delighting onlookers.

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More Glastonbury 'eccentrics'. In 1983, a local aviator flew his plane over the site trailing a banner that read: "Help the Soviets, support CND." Michael Eavis responded by firing a couple of fireworks at him.

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Amazingly, some people still had the energy to go out raving on Sunday night, despite having been onsite, in most cases, since Wednesday.

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Tipis - a pleasant way to 'do' Glastonbury', but also an expensive one: they cost several hundred pounds to hire for the weekend. Pic: JP

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Believe it or not, this kind of food actually looks delicious when you're hung over and haven't showered in a week.

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Mud? What mud? Glastonbury survivors keep smiling on the final day of the festival.

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Pants Of Peace: the hippie 'spirit' of Glastonbury is still alive and well. Photo: Jo Plimmer

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The festival site as seen from the air. From this distance, the sheer scale of the site is apparent. To walk from one end to the other can take at least an hour. Many punters were complaining of stiff legs by the end of the festival.

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Party people soak up the anything-goes vibe at Glastonbury. The sunny weather encouraged a large number of people to wear fancy-dress. Photo: Jo Plimmer

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A bloke with ridiculous headgear wanders round with his shirt off. As well he might. Pic: AW

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Heads on sticks at Glastonbury, Sunday June 28. Photo: Anday Willsher

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A bloke in a green latex costume gets to grips with a giant flower - a typical Glastonbury scene. Photo: Jo Plimmer

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A sellout crowd of almost 150,000 flocked to Glastonbury this year - and judging by the queues on Sunday afternoon, very few decided to leave early.

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Danger Mouse chills out ahead of The Wonder Stuff's set on the Avalon Stage, Saturday June 27. Photo: Jo Plimmer

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The Horrors' Faris Badwin got his T-shirt ripped to shreds at their Glastonbury performance today (June 24). The band played a raucous set on the John Peel stage which saw Badwin jump into the crowd during 'She Is The New Thing' and got mauled by fans. Photo: Andy Whitton

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Little Boots' set was rapturously received, with the most enthusiastic crowd response being saved for album track 'Remedy' - which is surprising, because few members of the crowd were familiar with it, since the album has not been out long. Photo: Danny North

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Doves headline the John Peel Stage on Friday night. They pulled a decent crowd, despite being up against stiff competition from Neil Young, Bloc Party, and The Kinks' Ray Davies.

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The Big Pink play a Saturday lunchtime set on the John Peel Stage. Their dark, atmospheric set was somewhat incongruous in the blazing sunshine, but the tent was nonetheless packed with hipsters. Tim Cochrane

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The Specials bring the house down on Friday evening on the Pyramid Stage. IN addition to doling out hits such as 'Too Much Too Young', the reformed ska legends raised a cheer by slagging off the BNP. Photo: Danny North

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Jamie T on the John Peel Stage, Friday night. He had crowds spilling out of the tent, and treated the vast throng to songs from his forthcoming second album 'Kings And Queens', including super-catchy new single 'Sticks 'N' Stones'. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Eagles Of Death Metal, Pyramid Stage, Saturday lunchtime. Frontman Jessie Hughes, who was watched from the side of the stage by his mum, confessed to being "scared to death" at having to precede Spinal Tap on the vast Glastonbury stage. Photo: Andy Whitton

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Esser made his Glastonbury debut on the John Peel Stage on Saturday afternoon. The be-quiffed London singer-songwriter, fronting his five-piece set-up wearing a black and sparkly jacket, began the show bashing a floor tom before taking to the front of the stage to sing 'This Time Around'. Photo: Andy Whitton

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Bombay Bicycle Club play the second of three gigs at Glastonbury 2009. The north London, who share their name with a Clapham curry house, played the Guardian Lounge on Friday, the Park Stage on Saturday, and the Queen's Head on Sunday. Photo: Danny North

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Dizzee Rascal on the Pyramid Stage, Saturday afternoon. The grime star-turned-mainstream pop star went down a storm, performing a Michael Jackson medley, including 'Billie Jean' and 'Thriller', as well as a brand new track, 'Road Rage', which will be his next single. Photo: Tom Oxley

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