Glastonbury 2013: more than 100,000 arrive at festival before the music starts

On-site crime is down on 2011's festival

A total of 101,514 people had arrived onsite for this year’s Glastonbury Festival at 10am today (June 27), despite the music programming not officially starting on Friday (June 28), up from 90,000 at that time in 2011.

The festival returns having taken a year off in 2012, and will be headlined by Arctic Monkeys, The Rolling Stones and Mumford and Sons. Though the performance schedule does not kick off until Friday (June 28), thousands of fans arrived onsite early, with campsites bustling from Wednesday morning.

Early statistics reveal that there has been fewer crimes reported than at this stage in 2011. There have been 40 reported crimes in total, including 22 thefts from tents. There have also been 24 drug-related offences, 12 of which are for possession of controlled substances. In total, there are 600 police officers working at the festival this year.

Speaking about his band’s headline slot on Saturday (June 29), guitarist Keith Richards said the Rolling Stones were “destined” to headline the festival. Meanwhile, Arctic Monkeys’ Matt Helders said recently that the group will “have some fun” with their headline set on Friday night.

Joining the headline acts on the bill will be a number of secret performers with Liam Gallagher yesterday confirming that Beady Eye will perform at 11am on Friday morning on The Other Stage. Despite appearing to confirm the appearance , the frontman did pour scorn on the festival itself, saying: He added: “It’s like Bond Street with mud, with loads of celebrities walking around in their boots and umbrellas. I’m not having it.”

Click here to see the full list of artists and stages for Glastonbury 2013.