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In photos: Glastonbury festival 2017 is one big party

Catch Photodesk | Updated on: 23 June 2017, 17:15 IST
People attend a screening of film maker Julian Temple's Glastonbury documentary being shown at the new night time area, Cinemaggedon at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 21, 2017 near Glastonbury, England. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Glastonbury Festival, the world’s largest greenfield festival, runs across five days every year in Somerset, South West England.

Since its inception in 1971 by Michael Eavis, the festival has come a long way, becoming a key part of British pop culture. Not only is it an eagerly awaited event for music lovers all over the world, it also showcases other performing arts such as dance, comedy, circus and theatre. In addition, the event has come to represent a nostalgic return to hippie culture and summer festivals, with its scale now at par with international music events such as Coachella and Tomorrowland.

The 2017 festival, currently on till 26 June, is already sold out, with as many as 1,75,000 people expected to attend. Some of the artists in this year’s line-up include the Foo Fighters, Radiohead, Ed Sheeran, Lorde and Solange. These are some of the best pictures from this year's event:

People attend a screening of film maker Julian Temple's Glastonbury documentary being shown at the new night time area, Cinemaggedon at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 21, 2017 near Glastonbury, England. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
People attend a screening of film maker Julian Temple's Glastonbury documentary being shown at the new night time area, Cinemaggedon at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 21, 2017 near Glastonbury, England. The largest greenfield festival in the world Glastonbury Festival is now a five-day festival of contemporary performing arts. The Somerset Festival, which Michael Eavis started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid just £1, now attracts more than 175,000 people. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Johnny Depp indruduces a screening of 'The Libertine' film at the Cineramageddon cinema on day 1 of the Glastonbury Festival 2017 at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 22, 2017 in Glastonbury, England. (Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Fireworks illuminate the night sky at the end of the first day at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 21, 2017 near Glastonbury, England. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
People gather to watch the sun set ahead of the gates opening to the public amid heightened security this year at the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 20, 2017 near Glastonbury, England. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
People gather to watch the sun set as temperatures reach record levels at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 21, 2017 near Glastonbury, England. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
First published: 23 June 2017, 17:15 IST
 
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