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June 29, 2011

Music and mud: Glastonbury Festival 2011

Glastonbury, a festival held at Worthy Farm in England, has become Europe's largest such gathering for music fans. Its five-day run ended Sunday, after entertaining nearly 175,000 fans. Heavy rain and mud greeted the attendees, who paid 195 pounds (about $310) for a basic ticket compared to the 1 pound when the show began in 1970. The next festival will take place in 2013. - Lloyd Young (35 photos total)

Festival-goers dance to Jarvis Cocker and his band Pulp as the sunsets during the third day of the Glastonbury Festival June 25, 2011. This year's festival featured headline acts U2, Coldplay and Beyonce. Now in its fifth decade, the event has grown from a humble gathering of 1,500 people on Michael Eavis's Worthy dairy farm in 1970, each paying 1 pound and receiving free milk, to a giant five-day celebration of music costing 195 pounds for a basic ticket. (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images))

Lead singer of Coldplay Chris Martin (right) performs on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival June 25. ( Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images) #

Rain clouds gather over the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival June 24. Music fans had to brave more rain today at the five-day festival which opened June 22. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images) #

A woman makes her way across a muddy field in Union Jack Wellington boots on the third day of the Glastonbury Festival June 24. (Cathal McNaughton/Reuters) #

People dance beneath umbrellas while they listen to Wu-Tang Clan during the Glastonbury Festival June 24. (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images) #

A man drags a wheelie bin as he arrives at the Glastonbury Festival June 22. Heavy rain and mud greeted music fans as the gates to the five-day festival opened to the public this morning. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images) #

Singer Jessie J performs with a broken foot on the fourth day of the Glastonbury Festival June 25. (Cathal McNaughton/Reuters) #

A girl watches Two Door Cinema Club on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival June 24. (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images) #

Festival-goers gather at the stone circle for the sunset during the Glastonbury Festival June 23. (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)#

Beyonce performs on the main Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival June 26. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images) #

Festival-goers enjoy a visual game in the late night venue Shangri-La area at the Glastonbury Festival June 27. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images) #

Beyonce fans crowd to the front of The Pyramid Stage ahead of her show during the last day of the Glastonbury Festival June 26. (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images) #

Jarvis Cocker of Pulp performs at the Glastonbury Festival June 25. (Dave J. Hogan/Getty Images) #

People crowd around the Park Stage where Jarvis Cocker and his band Pulp were performing during the third day of the Glastonbury Festival on June 25. (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images) #

A festival-goer walks through tepees during the third day of the Glastonbury Festival on June 25. (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images) #

Workers attempt to sweep away and suck up some of the mud on the paths at the annual Glastonbury Festival on June 22. (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images) #

Richard Hopkinson and Meryl Knapp who are both 70 and from Yorkshire dance outside a reggae music tent as they visit the festival for the first time in their lives June 25. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images) #

A couple embrace among the tents on the third day of the Glastonbury Festival June 24. (Cathal McNaughton/Reuters) #

The crowd reacts as the lead singer of Pendulum plays on The Pyramid Stage during the last day of the Glastonbury Festival June 26. (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images) #

A reveler wears a hat made from empty cans of beer on the last day of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm June 26. (Cathal McNaughton/Reuters) #

Volunteer workers begin to sort rubbish for recycling at the Glastonbury Festival recycling center June 24. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images) #

Police officers wearing identical sunglasses pose for a photograph during the last day of the Glastonbury festival June 26. (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images) #

People shelter themselves from the sun in the hospitality area during the last day of the Glastonbury Festival June 26. (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images) #

A young boy is sprayed with cold water to cool down during the last day of the Glastonbury Festival June 26. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 pound to attend, has grown into Europe's largest music festival attracting more than 175,000 people over five days. (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images) #

U2 performs live on the Pyramid Stage during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm June 24. (Ian Gavan/Getty Images) #

A young girl loses her umbrella alongside festival-goers as they queue beside the car park while they wait to gain access to the annual Glastonbury Festival June 22. (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images) #

Tom Wilder (17) from Kent, laughs after he dived in the mud at the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm June 23. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images) #

Ricky Wilson of the Kaiser Chiefs performs live on the other stage during the Glastonbury Festival June 26. (Ian Gavan/Getty) #

A member of The Black Eagles, an acrobatic show, limbos beneath a flaming bar in the Circus Big Top at the Glastonbury Festival June 25. Now in its fifth decade, the event has grown from a humble gathering of 1,500 people on Michael Eavis's Worthy dairy farm in 1970, each paying one pound and receiving free milk, to a giant 5 day celebration of music costing 195 pounds for a basic ticket. (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images) #

A festival-goer dances at the Glastonbury Festival June 25. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images) #

Festival-goers dance as the sun goes down in the Shangri La area on the second day of Glastonbury Festival June 23. (Cathal McNaughton/Reuters) #

BB King performs at the Glastonbury Festival June 24. (David J. Hogan/Getty Images) #

Festival-goers talk behind their wind break on the second day of Glastonbury Festival June 23. (Cathal McNaughton/Reuters) #

A festival-goer sleeps outside her tent before leaving Worthy Farm June 27. (Cathal McNaughton/Reuters) #

Festival-goers walk through rubbish left in the main arena in front of the Pyramid Stage as they begin to leave the Glastonbury Festival site June 27 at Worthy Farm. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images) #



 
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