First pictures of Glastonbury Festival 2019 queues as Michael Eavis sends weather message to fans

Michael Eavis has opened the gates to this year's Glastonbury Festival - telling queuing campers "welcome to Worthy Farm".

By Dan Windham
Wednesday, 26 June, 2019, 10:56
Glastonbury Festival - Aaron Chown/PA Wire

 Mr Eavis told those waiting: "It has never been better. It has never been as good as this one. The weather looks great - marvellous. Thank you for coming. Welcome to Worthy Farm." Check out the first pictures from the festival below. 

Michael Eavis has opened the gates to this year's Glastonbury Festival - Yui Mok/PA Wire
He told queuing campers "welcome to Worthy Farm". Aaron Chown/PA Wire
Thousands of music fans have travelled to the site in Pilton, Somerset - Aaron Chown/PA Wire
Fans were carrying large backpacks of tents and belongings, or dragging laden trolleys behind them.Aaron Chown/PA Wire
Many began their journey days before - Yui Mok/PA Wire
Some chose to sleep in their cars overnight to be among the first inside - Yui Mok/PA Wire
Campers were greeted by cloudy and damp weather when the gates opened at 8am - Yui Mok/PA Wire
Sunshine and temperatures of up to 23C (73F) were expected later in the day - Aaron Chown/PA Wire
As he opened the gates, Mr Eavis told those waiting: "It has never been better." Aaron Chown/PA Wire
"It has never been as good as this one. The weather looks great - marvellous. Thank you for coming. Welcome to Worthy Farm." Yui Mok/PA Wire
Organisers have urged those attending to bring their own reusable water bottles to the 900-acre site - Yui Mok/PA Wire
2019 marks the first year that single-use plastic bottles have been banned - Yui Mok/PA Wire

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