Glastonbury 2014: Droves of excited Brits storm England's most popular music festival despite persistent rain and thunderstorms

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Glastonbury 2014: Droves of excited Brits storm England's most popular music festival despite persistent rain and thunderstorms
Revellers wait for British rock group The Kaiser Chiefs to perform on the Other Stage, on the first official date of the Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts on Worthy Farm in Somerset, south west England, on June 27, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Ricky Wilson of British rock group The Kaiser Chiefs performs on the Other Stage, on the first official date of the Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts on Worthy Farm in Somerset, south west England, on June 27, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 27: Ricky Wilson of Kaiser Chiefs performs on Day 1 of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 27, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns via Getty Images)
Revellers wait for British rock group The Kaiser Chiefs to perform on the Other Stage, on the first official date of the Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts on Worthy Farm in Somerset, south west England, on June 27, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman dashes through the tents in the rain, as revellers gather ahead of the Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts in Somerset, southwest England, on June 26, 2014. US metal giants Metallica will play this year's coveted Saturday night headline spot at Britain's Glastonbury festival, organisers announced Thursday. It will be the 'Master of Puppets' four-piece's first appearance at the legendary festival, held in south west England, following on from The Rolling Stones' Worthy Farm debut last year. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 26: Tents pitched by the Other Stage Arena at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 26, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns via Getty Images)
Two security guards look towards the Pyramid stage, as revellers gather ahead of the Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts in Somerset, southwest England, on June 26, 2014. US metal giants Metallica will play this year's coveted Saturday night headline spot at Britain's Glastonbury festival, organisers announced Thursday. It will be the 'Master of Puppets' four-piece's first appearance at the legendary festival, held in south west England, following on from The Rolling Stones' Worthy Farm debut last year. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: (EDITOR'S NOTE: Panoramic image was created using an iphone and processed using digital filters) Festival goers gather at Shangri-La at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 26, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. Tickets to the event, which is now in its 44th year, sold out in minutes even before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid £1, now attracts more than 175,000 people. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: (EDITOR'S NOTE: Panoramic image was created using an iphone and processed using digital filters) Festival goers gather at Shangri-La at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 26, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. Tickets to the event, which is now in its 44th year, sold out in minutes even before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid £1, now attracts more than 175,000 people. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: (EDITOR'S NOTE: Panoramic image was created using an iphone and processed using digital filters) Festival goers gather at Shangri-La at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 26, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. Tickets to the event, which is now in its 44th year, sold out in minutes even before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid £1, now attracts more than 175,000 people. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Festival goers enjoy the atmosphere as rain falls during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 26, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Festival goers wear wellington boots in preparation for rain during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 26, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Festival goers enjoy the atmosphere as rain falls during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 26, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Festival goers enjoy the atmosphere as rain falls during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 26, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 26: Festival goers protect themselves from the rain during heavy showers at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 26, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns via Getty Images)
A man with his head painted like a pineapple shelters from the rain with friends, as revellers gather ahead of the Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts in Somerset, southwest England, on June 26, 2014. US metal giants Metallica will play this year's coveted Saturday night headline spot at Britain's Glastonbury festival, organisers announced Thursday. It will be the 'Master of Puppets' four-piece's first appearance at the legendary festival, held in south west England, following on from The Rolling Stones' Worthy Farm debut last year. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Festival goers enjoy the atmosphere as rain falls during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 26, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
A couple wear umbrella hats during the first rain showers, as revellers gather ahead of the Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts in Somerset, southwest England, on June 26, 2014. US metal giants Metallica will play this year's coveted Saturday night headline spot at Britain's Glastonbury festival, organisers announced Thursday. It will be the 'Master of Puppets' four-piece's first appearance at the legendary festival, held in south west England, following on from The Rolling Stones' Worthy Farm debut last year. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: A festival goer enjoys the atmosphere as rain falls during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 26, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Festivalgoers wear waterproof clothing during the first rain showers, as revellers gather ahead of the Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts in Somerset, southwest England, on June 26, 2014. US metal giants Metallica will play this year's coveted Saturday night headline spot at Britain's Glastonbury festival, organisers announced Thursday. It will be the 'Master of Puppets' four-piece's first appearance at the legendary festival, held in south west England, following on from The Rolling Stones' Worthy Farm debut last year. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Festival goers walk around Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Pilton on the second day of the 2014 Glastonbury Festival on June 26, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset dairy farm that plays host to one of the largest music festivals in the world. Tickets to the event, which is now in its 44th year, sold out in minutes even before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid £1, now attracts more than 175,000 people. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: A tent in the shape of a London Underground Northern Line carriage is pitched precariously on a hill at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 26, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. Tickets to the event, which is now in its 44th year, sold out in minutes even before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid £1, now attracts more than 175,000 people. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Festival goers pose in fancy dress at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 26, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. Tickets to the event, which is now in its 44th year, sold out in minutes even before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid £1, now attracts more than 175,000 people. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images)
A woman stops for lunch, as revellers gather ahead of the Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts in Somerset, southwest England, on June 26, 2014. US metal giants Metallica will play this year's coveted Saturday night headline spot at Britain's Glastonbury festival, organisers announced Thursday. It will be the 'Master of Puppets' four-piece's first appearance at the legendary festival, held in south west England, following on from The Rolling Stones' Worthy Farm debut last year. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
A festivalgoers shelters from the rain, as revellers gather ahead of the Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts in Somerset, southwest England, on June 26, 2014. US metal giants Metallica will play this year's coveted Saturday night headline spot at Britain's Glastonbury festival, organisers announced Thursday. It will be the 'Master of Puppets' four-piece's first appearance at the legendary festival, held in south west England, following on from The Rolling Stones' Worthy Farm debut last year. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 26: East India Youth performs on the WOW stage at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 26, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns via Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: A sculpture by Banksy, entitled 'The Sirens of the Lambs', depicting a truck full of shrieking cuddly animals being driven to slaughter, is driven around Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 26, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Redferns via Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: A general view of the Glastonbury sign at Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 25, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Redferns via Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: A festival goer enjoys Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 25, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Redferns via Getty Images)
A child stands beside plastic cow provided by a mobile telecoms company enabling free wifi for festival goers as revellers gather ahead of this weekends Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts on Worthy Farm near Pilton in Somerset, south west England, on June 26, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
A group of festival goers sit in a nest as revellers gather ahead of this weekends Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts on Worthy Farm near Pilton in Somerset, south west England, on June 26, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Festival goers take part in a 'Yoga Laughter' session in the Green Fields, as revellers gather ahead of this weekends Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts on Worthy Farm near Pilton in Somerset, south west England, on June 26, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: festival goers relax in a yoga session during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 26, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: festival goers relax in a yoga session during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 26, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Festival goers apply sunscreen during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 26, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
A festival goer tries on a wig as revellers gather ahead of this weekends Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts on Worthy Farm near Pilton in Somerset, south west England, on June 26, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: The decorated section of a plane at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 26, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. Tickets to the event, which is now in its 44th year, sold out in minutes even before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid £1, now attracts more than 175,000 people. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 25: A general view of festival goers at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 25, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Redferns via Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 25: A general view of festival goers at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 25, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Redferns via Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 25: A general view of festival goers at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 25, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Redferns via Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 25: General atmosphere during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 25, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 25: General atmosphere during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 25, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 25: People gather to watch the sun set at Worthy Farm in Pilton on the first day of the 2014 Glastonbury Festival on June 25, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. Gates opened today at the Somerset dairy farm that plays host to one of the largest music festivals in the world. Tickets to the event, which is now in its 44th year, sold out in minutes even before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid £1, now attracts more than 175,000 people. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
A man in a glowing suit walks among festival goers, as revelers gather ahead of this weekends Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts on Worthy Farm in Somerset, south west England, on June 25, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Festivl goers enjoy the dry conditions in the evening, as revelers gather ahead of this weekends Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts on Worthy Farm in Somerset, south west England, on June 25, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
A festival goer uses a hula hoop, as revelers gather ahead of this weekends Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts on Worthy Farm in Somerset, south west England, on June 25, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 25: Paolo Nutini performs his Glastonbury Festival warm up show on stage at Bristol Harbourside on June 25, 2014 in Bristol, United Kingdom. (Photo by Adam Gasson/Redferns via Getty Images)
BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 25: Paolo Nutini performs his Glastonbury Festival warm up show on stage at Bristol Harbourside on June 25, 2014 in Bristol, United Kingdom. (Photo by Adam Gasson/Redferns via Getty Images)
BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 25: Paolo Nutini performs his Glastonbury Festival warm up show on stage at Bristol Harbourside on June 25, 2014 in Bristol, United Kingdom. (Photo by Adam Gasson/Redferns via Getty Images)
BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 25: Paolo Nutini performs his Glastonbury Festival warm up show on stage at Bristol Harbourside on June 25, 2014 in Bristol, United Kingdom. (Photo by Adam Gasson/Redferns via Getty Images)
After marrying in Glastonbury, Jack and Bianca Vaughan from Reading arrive at the same time as thousands of others ahead of the Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts in Somerset, southwest England, on June 25, 2014. US metal giants Metallica will play this year's coveted Saturday night headline spot at Britain's Glastonbury festival, organisers announced Thursday. It will be the 'Master of Puppets' four-piece's first appearance at the legendary festival, held in south west England, following on from The Rolling Stones' Worthy Farm debut last year. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
After marrying in Glastonbury, Jack and Bianca Vaughan (2nd R) from Reading arrive at the same time as thousands of others ahead of the Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts in Somerset, southwest England, on June 25, 2014. US metal giants Metallica will play this year's coveted Saturday night headline spot at Britain's Glastonbury festival, organisers announced Thursday. It will be the 'Master of Puppets' four-piece's first appearance at the legendary festival, held in south west England, following on from The Rolling Stones' Worthy Farm debut last year. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 25: Festival goers arrive at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 25, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns via Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 25: Festival goers arrive at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 25, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 25: Festival goers relax by their tent at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 25, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
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The Kaiser Chief's kicked off a rainy but electrified Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts with a surprise performance on The Other Stage Friday

The 5-day festival, which takes place near Somerset, England, is expected to attract 200,000 -- up from 1,500 during its humble beginning in 1970.

Despite a few black clouds -- including the death of an elderly woman, who is said to have died of natural causes in her tent overnight, and the unrelated death of a 26-year-old, who 'suffered what police suspect was an adverse reaction after taking the illegal drug ketamine,' according to BBC News -- Britain's most annually-anticipated music festival is forging ahead full-steam.

Performances Friday will include Blondie, Lily Allen, Paolo Nutini and canadian band Arcade Fire later Friday night. See the full lineup here.
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