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Worthy Farm welcomed the stars of grime, film stars muscled on to the Pyramid stage, while Charli XCX and Dua Lipa pulled out all the stops to light up the festival’s first full day of music 6.42pm BSTThanks for following along everyone. We’re taking a short break, and then restarting at 7.30pm, where we’ll have reviews of Radiohead, Kate Tempest, The xx, Lorde and probably some more ridiculously good-looking A-list blokes. 6.24pm BSTFollowing our exclusive news story last week, it’s officially official – Corbyn is incoming.Jeremy Corbyn will be at the Festival tomorrow, to speak on the Pyramid Stage at 4pm and at the Left Field at 4.30pm. #Glastobury2017 Related: Corbyn chants, T-shirts and sculptures: Jeremania hits Glastonbury 6.08pm BSTGiven she’s only eight years old, we’re probably flouting some kind of child labour law by employing Z as a reviewer, but she’s just too damn adorable. Following her scathing takedown of Napalm Death earlier, how will Basil Brush fair after his appearance in the Kidzfield?My favourite bit was Basil’s Elvis impression with his black wig and glasses. The foam pie throwing was good too. He doesn’t look like he does on the TV but he’s still a funny, cheeky fox who goes “Boom boom!” a lot – and my dad did too! 5.52pm BSTOur reporter James Coke is rolling around the site in an all-terrain wheelchair trike, and meeting other people who aren’t letting disability get in the way of an amazing weekend. Next up is disabled access steward Tony Lawson. I first came to Glastonbury in 1989. In 1993, a motorbike smash left me with mobility issues. I carried on coming and in 2005 I joined the disabled access crew. I carried on working for them and will carry on working for them as long as they’ll have me. Best job in the world. The Spring Ground disabled camping field is like its own little festival within a festival. It’s a lot of the same staff and the same customers every year. The customers in here tend to have their own festival, their own group of friends, and it comes together like one big family within this field. 5.38pm BSTKate Hutchinson is interviewing the fabulous Mykki Blanco live now – ask questions on our Facebook page and follow along! 5.35pm BSTJohnny Depp’s magical mystery tour of Glastonbury continues. After turning up at the Cineramageddon stage yesterday, where he casually issued an assassination threat against the current sitting US president, he rocked up on the Pyramid this afternoon playing acoustic guitar for Kris Kristofferson. At this rate he should be performing interpretive dance in the Theatre and Circus field by, oh, 6.30? 5.12pm BSTAt 5.30pm we’ll be having a Facebook Live chat with the incredible queer rapper Mykki Blanco, backstage at Glastonbury’s premier gay nightspot, NYC Downlow. Read up on him then follow along on the Guardian Facebook page. Related: Mykki Blanco: ‘I didn’t want to be a rapper. I wanted to be Yoko Ono’ 5.04pm BSTJohnny Depp is back! He’s on stage with Kris Kristofferson right now. Must have heard Beckham was in town. #johnnydepp #pyramid #glastonburyfestival #kriskristofferson 4.46pm BSTDua Lipa is FREAKING OUT you guys:That was the craziest moment of my life. Glastonbury I will remember this day until I die 4.41pm BSTContinuing our People of Glastonbury portrait series, here’s Ben Hassan. 4.24pm BSTThis year’s festival has its very own Glastronaut. Mike Massimino is a former Nasa spaceman who was involved in the crucial final repair mission of the Hubble telescope in 2009. Appearing in the suitably lofty perch of the Crow’s Nest stage, Massimino regaled a packed crowd with entertaining tales of his storied career, which very nearly didn’t get off the ground: he failed the Nasa application three times and was told that his poor eyesight would disqualify him from ever becoming an astronaut. Massimino eventually proved the naysayers wrong and entered outer space. When he got there he was so overwhelmed by the sight of Earth he had to look away. “I thought ‘this is too beautiful for human eyes. People are not supposed to see this’”. 4.15pm BSTMaximum allowable points for this pro-level celeb spotting. Festival highlight contender – Martin Roberts from Homes Under The Hammer being as nice as he seems #Glastonbury2017 pic.twitter.com/J2lC4evt2c 4.13pm BSTThe latest artist to experience the William Onyeabor effect of reissue culture – largely resurfacing musical pioneers from beyond the west – and surfing the latest wave of African music that bangs is Ghanaian singer/rapper/smiliest human alive Yaw Atta-Owusu. His album Obaa Sima was rereleased in 2015 by the feted Awesome Tapes from Africa label, 20 years after a small cassette run, and its pumping and retro-futuristic blend of reggae, highlife, Luther Vandross-ish American soul, Run DMC-era hip-hop, electro-funk and house draws smiles as wide as the West Holts stage. With his young band Ata Kak, his music feels like spiritual cleansing as the sizeable crowd, in kaftans and grandpa caps, dances off its collective hangover and sings along to his scatting. Hi-hats titter and take his tunes into more contemporary clubby realms; at times, despite the overcast afternoon, it feels almost Balearic. Surely the vibiest set of the festival so far. 3.58pm BSTIf you’ve just stopped swooning at Johnny Depp, get ready to fall down anew, as the man with the most handsomely crinkled eyes on the planet, David Beckham, is knocking around. 3.40pm BSTAll weekend we’re going to be running a photo series called People of Glastonbury, showing off the bizarre and beautiful folk who are drawn to the festival’s much-touted mystic energy. First up is Hannah Small: 3.34pm BSTGet ready for some serious moves, John Peel tent. Glastonbury tonight!! 3.17pm BSTPerforming 12 times across three days, Leeds artist Mik Artistik, 62, is the hardest working man at Glastonbury. Not that he likes that reputation. “I’d rather be a conundrum,” he says. 2017 marks the 10th year of Mik Artistik at Glastonbury – so I grabbed him for a quick chat about work ethic and what feeds his voracious appetite for performing. Related: Paper bag portraits by Mik Artistik – in pictures 3.02pm BSTWest Holts apparently had the biggest opening audience for their stage ever today, as the Hot 8 Brass Band crowdpleased the daylights out of them: @hot8brassband have just taken to the @westholtsofficial Stage at Glastonbury Festival! Catch them live 8PM tonight on @bbctwo performing from the BBC on site studio! #Hot8BrassBand #WeBrassHard #GlastonburyFestival #Glasto2017 #WestHolts #Live #BBC2 2.53pm BSTHalsey has clearly never been to Glastonbury before.Weathers been beautiful but I’m kinda sad cause I bought wellies 🙁 Related: Halsey: ‘I used to be a social queen – now I’m terrified of people’ 2.39pm BSTIndie might be a heritage industry these days, but Stockport band Blossoms draw on the best bits of the genre’s tradition for their swaggering but sweetly melodic brand of guitar music – including a decent sense of humour. During one particularly entertaining interval, frontman Tom Odgen asks a recent dumpee in the crowd for the name of their ex, then changes the lyrics of weepie ballad My Favourite Room in tribute to the unhappy couple – before segueing into a genuinely comic medley of You’re Gorgeous, Oasis’s Half the World Away and Last Christmas. It’s not just their banter that’s strong – they freshen swooning choruses and rowdy riffage with blasts of synthy disco, with the chiming, Stone Rose-esque Blown Rose a particular highlight. The band end on their earwormy anthem Charlemagne, a deserved radio hit last year, that proves there is joy– if not a huge of amount of excitement – yet to be found in blokes with guitars. Blossssssoms!!!!!#blossoms #glastonbury 2.27pm BSTFor grime fans, the Sonic tent is where it’s at. All Friday long it hosts the cream of British MCs, and is already off to a ravey start. On a “mad ting” is Big Tobz, flanked by two DJs, kicking off with Stormzy’s Big for Your Boots, mixed into Migos’s T-Shirt, and then playing his own new song Slay. “We’re gonna shut this shit down today, Glastonbury!” By the time his set ends, the festival has its first moshpit, and Tobz is in the middle of it. 2.16pm BSTOur reporter James Coke, who has MS and is romping round Glastonbury in a special wheelchair trike, is meeting other disabled festivalgoers and hearing their experiences. First up is Dawn Fletcher-Park:I was diagnosed with MS in about 1990, but carried on going to festivals and camped out in the main field with the punters for a good 10 years after that. It got to the stage where I was tripping over the tent pegs, couldn’t sleep and the heat was just defeating me; I thought I couldn’t go on doing festivals any more.One of my friends suggested that I camp in the disabled-access camping, and I said: ‘Ooh, I’m not going to do that, I’m not disabled enough’. Then there was one year when I couldn’t leave my tent and I decided to give it a shot. It was like going to Club Med. It was great because they had accessible showers, accessible toilets, and the staff and volunteers were absolutely fantastic. After that I started volunteering for the festival. 2.01pm BSTJohnny Depp may have departed, but you can still check out the Cinerarmageddon area where he appeared – it features a host of bizarre customised cars to watch films from. Our tip is: don’t go see Stalker if you’re in a wonky mood. Related: At the drive-in: Julien Temple’s Glastonbury Cineramageddon 1.53pm BSTApplause for this pun. #edsheeran #glastonbury2017 1.28pm BSTIn light of her recent paean to late night action – the Lil Yachty duet After the Afterparty – midday feels like an unnaturally early start for Charli XCX. She certainly doesn’t seem to be in pre-watershed mode, bounding on stage while demanding to know “What the fuck is up right now!” Clumsily high-kicking and air-punching like a drunk Sporty Spice, she opens with a taste of her brilliantly eccentric new mixtape Number 1 Angel, fusing trap and syrupy europop on Dreamer and nicking Neneh Cherry’s synth sound for Babygirl. 1.21pm BSTAfter weeks of spontaneously emerging from boozy Brits nationwide, the “Oh, Jeremy Cor-byn” chant to the tune of Seven Nation Army has been the official song of Glastonbury so far: 1.12pm BSTYesterday an attempt was made to make the world’s biggest peace sign, and it was a pretty amazing effort:Gathering for peace at @GlastoFest #Glastonbury2017 pic.twitter.com/rIA2y8kksu Related: 15,000 at Glastonbury set record for biggest human peace sign 1.08pm BSTAs well as small children, also joining us this year is James Coke, a wheelchair user with multiple sclerosis (and also a chef when he’s not reporting from Glastonbury). He’ll be meeting other disabled festivalgoers and sharing their experiences.Hello, my name is James Coke, and I’ve come to the festival this year to check out what it’s like for someone such as myself – I’ve got multiple sclerosis – attending with a disability. I’m on my mountain trike and hope to come out on the other side. It’s going to be an adventure so try and join me as I explore the site and find out what is on offer.The site is vast – it’s like a small city. Getting around is testing, but everywhere appears accessible and the disabled campground is perfect, populated by many affable, hardcore veterans, who appear to have made this place their second home. I had a good crack yesterday, managing to make it up a steep, bumpy incline to visit the famous stone circle and got to know my bearings. So today I’m ready for day one proper, taking in some bands and exploring more. Come Monday my arms are going to be lead … 1.03pm BSTThere was a sober start to the day earlier, with Peter Hook and Rowetta helping mark a minute’s silence for the victims of the Manchester Arena attack and the Grenfell Tower fire. 12.51pm BSTWhile the rest of the site wandered dazed and hungry across the site, at 9am this morning eager fans of Radiohead were already lining up to secure their spaces for the headlining group. Mariko, 35, and Yuriko, 31, and Hans, 25, were dressed in the Oxford band’s merch and armed with bags full of food. 12.41pm BSTPlease meet Z, the youngest member of the Glastonbury reviewing team this year! She’ll be offering her take on the bands across the weekend. Here’s her take on Napalm Death:’They were loud and rude’ – Napalm Death reviewed by an eight-year-old (courtesy of her @guardianfamily dad) #glastonbury pic.twitter.com/WNolHQ6TfC 12.35pm BST81-year-old festival founder Michael Eavis played his own secret set last night, delivering a blast of Elvis: Eavis Presley?? Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis sings ‘You Are Always On My Mind’ by Elvis Presley in Avalon Cafe #glastonbury17 pic.twitter.com/K5cIeF3RTH 12.30pm BSTSome more images from our team, documenting Glastonbury’s Thursday evening: 12.18pm BSTOne of the more unexpected bookings at Glasto this year is Napalm Death, the Brummie grindcore band whose violent energy doesn’t really dovetail with the hippie vibes wafting through the ether. But set in the Shangri-La area, which this year aims to wake people up to environmental devastation, it made total sense. Gwilym Mumford was on hand:It’s hard to think of a more apocalyptically apt choice to launch Glasto’s new metal-themed area than Napalm Death. Over 30 years and 16 albums, the grindcore goliaths – and Ed Miliband’s favourite band – have pummelled away at the boundaries of extreme music. Despite inching towards their 50s, Barney Greenway and co haven’t lost their ability to send timid audiences running to the hills. There are a few early exitees here as the band launch into the onslaught of the title track of their latest album Apex Predator – Easy Meat, but a surprising number of people seem to be sticking around. That’s largely because Napalm Death are a hugely entertaining prospect live, with Greenway’s droll wit breaking up the aural assault. “This is possibly one for the Napalm Death purists,” he deadpans before launching into a burst of violent noise that sounds near-identical to the one that preceded it. 12.14pm BSTAnd the award for least exciting secret set goes to:SECRET SHOW. GLASTONBURY 12.15 bbc introducing stage! come for some stripped back chill breakfast vibes. live on @BBCR1 too! @bbcintroducing pic.twitter.com/xHazDm3YZT 12.03pm BSTThe guest of honour last night was Johnny Depp, who introduced a screening of The Libertine, a period romp that disappeared into a Mortdecai-sized hole back in 2004. If he was attending a Johnny Depp fancy-dress party, he would have scored highly – the hat was wide brimmed, the jeans were dishevelled, the jewellery was legion. Women who could be heard asking, “Isn’t he a wife-beater?” just moments earlier were soon puddles. Related: Johnny Depp jokes about killing Donald Trump in Glastonbury appearance 11.51am BSTSo what went down last night? Team Guardian is still reeling from a wonderful set by Chilean producer and DJ Matias Aguayo, which blended up tropical post-punk with booming techno. Blast by Esa was a particular facemelter: 11.44am BSTThe first performance on the Pyramid stage has already been and gone – it was Haçienda Classical, playing orchestral version of smash hit rave tunes. Harriet Gibsone was on hand:And so it begins. If the enormous crowd for Haçienda Classical is anything to go by, then Glastonbury 2017 is raring to rave. In previous years the opening slot on the Pyramid stage welcomes a smattering of early risers laying down their rugs and staking out their space for the rest of the day. This year, however, the nocturnal grooves, hedonistic stabs of piano and soul-quaking gospel vocals attracts everyone from dehydrated bucket-hat-wearing lads who lurked in the Manchester club in the 90s, energy-filled teens who are drawn to beats like glitter-adorned moths to flame, and families having their porridge oats and orange juice on picnic chairs.It’s an usual cross-section, but such is the populist appeal of twinning turbocharged club music with a luscious live band setup packed with surging brass, strings, and a hype-man in a waistcoat. It’s the ramped-up take on Ultra Nate’s Free that raises arms in the air and ignites the masses like an overly caffeinated Zumba class. Even the most cynical of minds can’t feel a little giddy at the optimism in the field already. 11.38am BSTMorning all! We’re on site at Glastonbury, where the clouds look benign, the bacon baps are being scoffed, and the glitter beards are being applied. We’ll be liveblogging throughout the weekend, bringing you all the best performances, photos, bizarre individuals, overheard nonsense, and so forth. There will also be beautiful galleries, incisive reviews of the headliners, and news about a certain (non-glitter) bearded special guest. Keep it locked, as they say. Continue reading…

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