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One of the biggest live music events on the annual pop calendar, the Glastonbury Music Festival, celebrates its 40th birthday this year. More than 170-thousand people are expected to descend upon the Somerset site in southwest England for the weekend festival from Friday to Sunday. Let's get a preview of the big show.
Fans usually arrive days ahead of the event to stake out a camping spot on the farm where the festival is held. The farm is owned by Michael Eavis, who has been organizing Glastonbury since 1981.
The world's largest open-air music and performing arts event has become famous for attracting a broad mix of the biggest names in music as well as supporting and promoting smaller independent artists.
David Bowie, Coldplay, Jay-Z, Amy Winehouse, Radiohead, Neil Diamond, Black Eyed Peas, and Paul McCartney are among just a few of the names on a long list of star performers and legends who have played Glastonbury over the years.
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Glastonbury Music Festival, celebrates its 40th birthday this year.
The festival is almost as well known for the mayhem caused by the region's infamously unpredictably wet weather, although music fans have escaped the worst of the mud and rain in recent years. This year's revellers are hoping the luck with the weather will hold out, as mild conditions are predicted for the weekend.
U2 had to cancel their headline act this year after lead singer Bono suffered a serious back injury.
Gorillaz, best known as a cartoon virtual band, stepped in last minute to play U2's slot on Friday.
Nor will this year's festival be short of other big names to on stage. Headlining acts for 2010 will include Stevie Wonder, The Scissor Sisters, Muse, and Shakira.