Explosive Parties, Secret Sets… Glastonbury 2013 Kicks Off

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It’s the place to be for hardcore ravers if you can handle the queue.

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Block 9 is the area festival organiser Emily Eavis has said she’s most excited about.

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Beats Laser Quest.

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We guess campfires can have a soporific effect.

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The Beat Hotel is the location of a St John restaurant pop-up. Doughnuts ahoy!

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There’s always something gorgeous and mind-blowing to feast your eyes on at Glastonbury.

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The theme of this year’s Shangri-La is Heaven and Hell.

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Alt-J played a storming secret set at William’s Green to an adoring crowd.

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The Mercury Prize-winning fourpiece ran through their album from start to finish.

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There’s Gus Unger-Hamilton, surely the man with the greatest name in indie rock.

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Thom Sonny Green showed off his mad drumming skills.

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The crowd went mental for ‘Breezeblocks’, ‘Tessellate’, ‘Matilda’. Hell, all of them.

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NME voted the album ‘Django Django’ #10 in its Best of 2012 Albums.

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Django Django filled the tent with a high-energy set including the tracks ‘Storm’, ‘Skies Over Cairo’ and an opening ‘Hale Bop’.

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Arcadia, the Dystopian spider where you’ll lose your mind, is still one of the greatest things about Glastonbury festival.

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Come on, baby, light my fire.

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Just up the railway track, Shangri-La has kicked off. This year’s site is even crazier and more amazing than normal.

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A reveller getting carried away? Nope, a circus performer hammering six-inch nails into her face through her nose. NO KIDDING.

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Slamboree, the neo-Balkan rave circus, tore it up in Shangri-La.

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It’s started. Glastonbury 2013 is underway (the official music begins tomorrow). Thursday night is party night, before the main stages swing into action at Friday lunchtime.

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The heavens opened later in the day…

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And revellers were forced to head for shelter.

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The campsites fill up with thousands of music fans, anticipating a weekend of music and vibez.

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Since 2011, the last Glastonbury festival, the Eavises have rearranged the site slightly. No one messes with the Pyramid Stage, though.

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Baked Potato = classic festival nosh at 4am when you’re feeling ropey.

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No idea what’s going on here but we like it.

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Glastonbury starts properly on Friday but there’s quite a lot of stuff happening tonight (Thursday), including some secret sets (no spoilers).

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Highlights on Thursday evening are Zebra Katz and The 2 Bears.

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The weather started to deteriorate on Thursday afternoon.

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Chilling like lovely cicadas in the Worthy Farm breeze.

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Our favourite is the tiger on the tuba.

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The spirit of jazz got to this guy even before he erected his tent.

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Feeling stressed? Get a massage.

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The calm before the beautiful storm.

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Who said the 70s hippy dream isn’t dead?

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There’s all sorts to do at Glastonbury Festival – it’s not all about music.

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