Glastonbury live: Dua Lipa, Marina Abramović and more to perform as main stages open on Friday – live

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Hello from Worthy Farm! It’s an overcast day here so far, although Sofia Kourtesis warmed things up on the West Holts stage with her delightful stage presence and softly ecstatic club music (and prompted a cheering “booooo!” from the crowd when she introduced one song about being ghosted by some cad). Our reviewers have been dispatched out into the field – after varying degrees of late Thursday bedtimes – and their takes on the day’s acts from Lynks to Squeeze, LCD Soundsystem to Dua Lipa, will start arriving in due course.

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From Ben at the Pyramid stage, on flag watch (also shoutout to the Bob Mortimer one I saw at Sofia Kourtesis earlier):

Tyskie (leftist ref as I discovered from Zoe last night!), late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, a red flag with RED FLAG on it (classic Glasto, ahem, humour), and strong showing for Wolves, Brighton, Bath City, Scarborough Athletic FC. Annoying to see four with Radio X branding which is totally against the spirit of anti-commercial Glasto. Surprising lack of Palestine ones too.

A few more views from the site today and yesterday.

Firda Marsya Kurnia of Indonesian rockers Voice of Baceprot performing on the Woodsies stage. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images
A gorgeous view of the tipis at the top of the festival this morning. Photograph: Samir Hussein/WireImage
Discarded nos canisters, presumably from outside Levels last night… Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images
The Stone Circle during the (very chilly) Thursday evening sunset. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA

Last night Jonny Weeks was out capturing the fun around Arcadia and Silver Hayes – which, as ever, were colossally busy on Thursday before the main programming has kicked in.

Arcadia on Thursday night. Photograph: Jonny Weeks/The Guardian
Arcadia. Photograph: Jonny Weeks/The Guardian
The Assembly. Photograph: Jonny Weeks/The Guardian
Levels. Photograph: Jonny Weeks/The Guardian

Rick Williams has also written this nuanced profile of the troubled life of ska pioneer Don Drummond – a founding member of the Skatalites, who celebrate their 60th anniversary at Glastonbury this weekend.

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Updated at 12.18 BST

And here’s another great interview with Ayra Starr, by Jason Okundaye – who’s out reviewing for us right now – about the Nigerian superstar’s Glastonbury debut this weekend.

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Updated at 12.15 BST

Ben is at the Pyramid stage watching openers Squeeze, who we can hear chugging away joyously from the cabin. He says:

First song of the day on Pyramid: Take Me I’m Yours, with Squeeze in terrific tailoring. Funky and driving it really hard, with an almost rockabilly feel – and amazing soloing from Glenn Tilbrook. Superb opening!

To whet your appetite for the weekend, here’s some we made earlier. The cover of today’s Film & Music is an excellent interview by Elle Hunt with the Last Dinner Party, who everyone thinks are going to steal this year’s “Glastonbury moment” – as Wet Leg did in 2022 – when they play the Other stage tomorrow afternoon. But success, it seems, has been a bit of a mixed experience for them. Read on!

Welcome to Glastonbury 2024!

Laura Snapes

Laura Snapes

Hello from Worthy Farm! It’s an overcast day here so far, although Sofia Kourtesis warmed things up on the West Holts stage with her delightful stage presence and softly ecstatic club music (and prompted a cheering “booooo!” from the crowd when she introduced one song about being ghosted by some cad). Our reviewers have been dispatched out into the field – after varying degrees of late Thursday bedtimes – and their takes on the day’s acts from Lynks to Squeeze, LCD Soundsystem to Dua Lipa, will start arriving in due course.

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Updated at 12.07 BST

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