SOMERSET (Reuters) - Mud-covered revellers at Britain's Glastonbury festival were in high spirits as the second day of music got under way on Saturday (June 25), with British star Adele's performance keenly awaited, although many were still mourning Britain's vote to leave the European Union.
The music and performing arts festival, held at the Worthy dairy farm in Somerset, southwestern England, is known for its wet weather and "wellie"-wearing fans, who trudge through the farm's muddy fields in rubber boots and hope desperately to return to find tents still dry, and where they left them.
This year's event has proved to be no exception. Though sunshine did sometimes pierce the clouds, rain poured down for long periods on Friday (June 24) and Saturday, and more showers were expected on Sunday (June 26).
International superstar Adele, 28, known for her chart-topping hits on heartbreak such as Someone Like You and Rolling In The Deep, forms part of an all-British line-up of headliners at this year's festival. Adele, who collected four Brit awards earlier this year, and last month was named songwriter of the year at Britain's Ivor Novello awards, last performed at Glastonbury in 2007, but not on the main stage.
Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition Labour party who had campaigned for Britain to stay in the EU, had been scheduled to talk at the festival on Sunday but pulled out. Many of the young revellers said they were still upset over Britain's referendum decision to leave the EU, revealed in the early hours of Friday morning when most at the festival were still asleep.
Surveys indicated that the vast majority of young voters had been in favour of staying in the EU. Some performers, including Damon Albarn and Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis, shared their sadness from the stage.
There had been worries that not enough of the more than 150,000 festival-goers would vote, and that this would affect the outcome; no polling stations were allowed on site, so those arriving before Thursday (June 23) had to either submit postal votes or appoint proxies. But a survey of more than 1,000 Glastonbury attendees, commissioned by the Times newspaper, found that 78 per cent had cast a ballot - higher than the 72 per cent nationwide turnout. It found 83 per cent had voted "Remain".
Glastonbury runs until June 26, with James Blake, Tame Impala and Earth, Wind and Fire all due to perform.