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Friday 2 December 2016

Glastonbury organiser 'got death threats' over Kanye booking

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Tens of thousands of people were expected to pour through the gates of the Glastonbury Festival armed with wellies and rain coats today.

Organisers believe around 90pc of the 135,000 ticket-holders will have set up camp by the end of the day, in a bid to get the best camping spots.

But before the fun can start, many will battle heavy traffic, queues and long walks before unfolding their tents.

The campers will have two days to enjoy the festival site and a range of entertainment before the music starts at 11am on Friday.

Worthy Farm has been graced with dry weather and temperatures of 21 and 22C today and tomorrow, before the usual Glastonbury rain arrives on Friday.

This year music fans will watch headliners Florence And The Machine on Friday, Kanye West (right) on Saturday, and The Who on Sunday on the famous Pyramid stage.

The performance by West could make it one of the most controversial years yet for the event.

News that the abrasive hip hop artist had been booked to headline was met with a backlash by Glastonbury fans, who felt he was too much of a departure from the festival's roots.

A petition on Change.org describing West as a "musical injustice" who has been "very outspoken on his views on music" and should pass on his slot has received 134,548 signatures.

Co-organiser of the festival Emily Eavis who made the booking revealed that she has received death threats and online abuse since announcing the line-up.

It echoes a similar sentiment felt by some fans ahead of performances by Jay Z and Beyonce who managed to win over the crowds despite criticisms that the festival was becoming too commercial.

Exciting

Ms Eavis said that West is "fired up for the gig" and has some "really exciting plans".

The festival suffered a late blow when the Foo Fighters were forced to pull out, with Florence And The Machine promoted to headline on the opening night.

Music veterans The Who, whose rock and roll credentials include a famed performance at Woodstock, will restore the natural order when they close the festival on Sunday night.

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