Smooth Start For Glastonbury

Despite increased security measures, visitors of Glastonbury Festival, which opened the gates June 21, were able to enter the site pretty quickly. 

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Grant Pollard / Invision / AP
– Glastonbury 2017
These festivalgoers find something more effective than sun screen as Glastonbury gets under way June 21 in Somerset, England. The UK was in the middle of a record heatwave but it looks like mud is right around the corner.

“Tens of thousands of people have been streaming into the Glastonbury Festival site, where there has been a minimum of disruption, despite upgraded security and more rigorous searches,” CornwallLive reports.

According to the report, organizers “pulled out the stops”, opening the gates ahead of schedule to make sure revelers got on site in time despite more thorough searches.

“Sniffer dogs have been helping police and security staff at the gates,” the report continued.

No reports of major traffic or public transport delays suggest the journey, too, went smooth for most guests.

The UK’s Great Western Railway added trains to accommodate the onrush of festivalgoers, and the dry weather didn’t cause the car parks to turn into mud neither, so traffic hardly got stuck.

No artists have taken the stages yet, with a few smaller stages already opening June 22.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be headlined by Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran, respectively. 

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Andrew Allcock
– Glastonbury 2017

According to Somersetlive, 100,000 people had already set up their tents on site by Thursday morning. 130,000 tickets were sold in total.