Emily Eavis said it was “an amazing feeling” to see people returning to Glastonbury after the festival opened its gates for the first time in three years.
The 42-year-old co-organizer of the event admitted she was heartbroken and had to “walk away” as her father, co-founder Michael Eavis, declared the festival officially open early Wednesday morning.
Revelers have been queuing since early morning to be among the first ticket holders on the spot, while others have struggled with delays to travel to Pilton in Somerset amid three days of major rail strikes.
The festival returns with headliners Billie Eilish, Sir Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar, with Diana Ross filling the Sunday Teatime Legends slot.
Speaking to Lauren Laverne on BBC 6 Music, Eavis said of the gate opening: “I’m still recovering because the buildup has taken so long. We’ve never had a buildup for that long, obviously.
“We’ve never all been through such an extreme time together, so it’s like we can actually see people there and greet them and just watch them flock and just run to pitch their tents and fill the fields. “It’s just an amazing feeling.”
Eavis said he was “very emotional” this morning when he saw the gates swing open for waiting ticket holders.
She added, “I had to leave because it was not only about actually bringing people here, but also patience. People really stuck with us, almost no refunds, people just kept their tickets.
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“They flipped them, they flipped them, it was like an endless journey to really get here.
“I was, like, I need to move now, it’s just… it’s just the moment we’ve all been waiting for.”
Eavis said that since the event was canceled twice due to the coronavirus pandemic, there were “many moments” where they were “filled with uncertainty”.
“Actually, it was only in the last few months that we were confident that we could really make it,” she added.
Beatles star Sir Paul will be the oldest solo headliner in history when he performs on Saturday, a week after his 80th birthday, and Eavis described his provision as “simply the best person this year has to have to really bring it all back.” and bring everyone together.” “.
Ahead of the five-day event, Meteorological Bureau meteorologist Tom Morgan told the Pennsylvania News Agency that this year’s weather forecast promises to be “one of two halves.”
Ahead of the world-famous event, temperatures on the 900-acre site can reach 27°C – 9°C warmer than usual.
Organizers posted a warning on social media Wednesday morning, urging players to drink water, seek shade if possible, wear sunscreen and refrain from drinking alcohol while in line.
However, the dirt that is synonymous with Glastonbury will still show up, with showers and thunderstorms forecast from Friday.
To the dismay of many festival-goers, the event coincides with three days of major train strikes planned for rail workers’ wages, disrupting travel for people bound for Worthy Farm.
Only 60% of trains will run on Wednesdays, with strikes scheduled for Thursday and Saturday.
Glastonbury isn’t the only music event set to be derailed by strikes this week: The Rolling Stones are playing the British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park on Saturday, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are due to take to the London Stadium stage on Saturday. Sunday.