This year’s Glastonbury festival is kicked off by Kaiser Chiefs on Friday.
The Leeds band plays an unadvertised set on The Other Stage at 11:00 BST, 12 hours before their main show on the John Peel Stage.
Blondie, Lily Allen, Rudimental and Paolo Nutini are also on Friday’s line-up.
Canadian band Arcade Fire tops the bill, playing the main Pyramid Stage at the end of the day.
Revelers have been gathering on Somerset’s Worthy Farm since Tuesday. About 85,000 had arrived by Thursday evening, with 75,000 more due by Friday night.
Tragedy hit the site on Wednesday when a 67-year-old woman died in her sleep.
This year’s Glastonbury festival is kicked off by Kaiser Chiefs (photo Getty Images)
Police said the festival-goer died in her tent overnight, from what they believed to be natural causes.
The 900-acre site saw its first drop of rain on Thursday afternoon. By early evening, the paths and fields were muddy underfoot, but worse is to come.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Saturday, with thunder and lightning predicted in the south-west of England.
However, festival organizer Michael Eavis was more optimistic.
The 78-year-old, who established the festival on his dairy farm in 1970, is now a celebrity in his own right – constantly asked to shake hands and pose for photographs as he inspects the site.
Arcade Fire take to the stage at 22:00 BST.
Ahead of the show, guitarist Richard Reed-Parry said the band “may have Somerset artists” on stage with them.
The annals of rock history do not list Somerset as a source of tremendous inspiration – leaving Arcade Fire to choose from the likes of Kula Shaker, Reef and, perhaps most excitingly of all, The Wurzels.
But Glastonbury is, as ever, a hotbed of rumors. Whispers are circulating that David Bowie and Jonathan Ross, who both appear on Arcade Fire’s new album, will take to the stage on Friday.
Fans are also speculating that Coldplay, The Libertines and Radiohead could make impromptu appearances.
And in the Tipi field, one reveler swore blind that Metallica’s place at the top of the bill on Saturday was an impressive bluff – with funk-rock superstar Prince destined to take their place.
Back in the real world, Mumford and Sons – who closed the festival last year – have announced a special “mini-festival” in the Avalon Cafe, situated in the remote Avalon field, on Saturday.
Other acts confirmed for the rest of the weekend include Dolly Parton, Lana Del Rey, Ed Sheeran and Ellie Goulding.
[googlead tip=”patrat_mediu” aliniat=”stanga”]The Prodigy delivered a high-octane performance as they kicked off the last weekend line-up at the 2011 Sziget Festival in Budapest.
[googlead tip=”lista_medie” aliniat=”stanga”]Headlining the main stage on Friday at Sziget Festival, the electronic group unleashed a career-spanning set, including hits as Breathe and Firestarter.
Despite The Prodigy arrived in the Hungarian capital few hours before taking to the stage, front men, Keith Flint and Maxim were on their typically energetic and provocative form.
The Prodigy delivered a high-octane performance as they kicked off the last weekend line-up at the 2011 Sziget Festival in Budapest
“For all my warriors in Budapest, for all my warriors in the UK,” Maxim shouted at the crowd before Smack My Bitch Up was performed.
In the first part of The Prodigy’s set, Maxim also paid tribute to Dizzee Rascal, who preceded them on the main stage.
“Mr Rascal and crew this is f*cking for you,” he said, as they launched into Poison.
The Prodigy was backed by an impressive lights show, closed out their performance with their classic hit, Out Of Space.
The Prodigy’s setlist included:
World’s On Fire
Run With The Wolves
Invaders Must Die
Smack My Bitch Up
Take Me To The Hospital
Out Of Space
The Prodigy at Sziget Festival 2011 in Budapest.
[googlead tip=”vertical_mediu” aliniat=”dreapta”] Dizzee Rascal took to the stage before Prodigy, using his appearance to preview a batch of new material, including the song Bassline Junkie.
Another Dizzee Rascal’s song – thought to be entitled Scream – included a female vocalist, and is along the lines of his more recent chart hits.
Dizzee Rascal, the British rapper constantly paid tribute to the Hungarian crowd, who responded by dancing along to songs included Dance Wiv Me, Holiday and the worldwide smash, Bonkers.
Sziget Festival 2011 continued on Saturday, August 13 with the performances of Kaiser Chiefs and 30 Seconds To Mars, who have replaced the late Amy Winehouse at the festival.
Sziget Festival is one of ten best major festivals in Europe, which is held in Budapest. The 2011 edition is held from August 8 to August 15 and 52 stages and meeting places with artists from 41 countries are presenting a great variety of genres on Óbudai-sziget (Óbudai-island) of Budapest.