Mellie Eves said it was a “wonderful feeling” to see people returning to Glastonbury after opening the festival for the first time in three years.
The 42-year-old co-organizer of the event admitted that she had become emotional and had to be “removed” as her father, co-founder Michael Evis, announced the official opening of the festival early Wednesday morning.
The Revelers lined up to join the first ticket holders on site at the start of the day, while others faced a delay in Pilton’s trip to Somerset amid three days of major rail strikes.
The festival returns with headlines Billy Elish, Sir Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar, with Diana Ross filling the space for Sunday Tea Time Legends.
Speaking to Lauren Lauren on BBC 6 Music, Eves said of the opening of the gates: “I’m still recovering because the construction is still a long way off. Has not happened
“We’ve all never had such a hard time together collectively, so it’s like, in fact, seeing people there and welcoming them and just seeing them coming in and just pitching their tents and Run to fill the fields – it’s just a wonderful feeling. “
Eves said he was “very emotional” this morning to see the doors open waiting for ticket holders.
He added: “I had to leave because it was not just about bringing people here, but also patience. People are really trapped by us, hardly any refunds, people just keep their tickets.
“They wrapped them up, they wrapped them up. It was really a never ending journey to get here.
“I was, like, I need to get out of there now, that’s all; that’s the moment we’re all looking forward to.”
Evis said there were “several moments” where the event was “filled with uncertainty” as the event was twice canceled amid corona virus epidemics.
“It was only in the last few months that we became convinced that we were really going through it,” he added.
Beatles star Sir Paul will become the oldest ever solo headliner ever to perform on Saturday, a week after his 80th birthday, and Avis said of saving him “only the final for this year. There is a person who will really bring it all back and bring it all together. “
Numerous last-minute changes to the lineup include Rocker Terry Reid’s departure from the acoustic stage on Sunday afternoon.
He will be replaced by Glenn Tulbrook, who is the lead singer and guitarist of Squeeze.
Ahead of the five-day event, meteorologist Tom Morgan told the PA News Agency that the weather forecast for this year promises to be “one of two parts”.
Temperatures can reach 27 degrees Celsius on 900 acres – 9 degrees Celsius higher than usual – leading to a world-famous event.
On Wednesday morning, organizers issued a warning on social media, urging punters to drink water, seek shade whenever possible, use sunscreen and avoid drinking alcohol while standing in line.
However, mud equivalent to Glastonbury is still ready to appear, with forecasts of rain and thunderstorms since Friday.
To the dismay of many fair-goers, the incident coincided with a three-day planned train strike on the wages of railway workers, disrupting the journey of people to the portable farm.
Only 60% of trains will run on Wednesdays, with walkouts planned for Thursday and Saturday.
Glastonbury is not the only music event affected by this week’s strikes, with the Rolling Stones performing at the British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park on Saturday and the Red Hot Chili Papers at London Stadium on Sunday.