First Disneyland map sells for £555,000

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The map was used to gain investment for Walt Disney’s first theme park in Anaheim, California

An original map of the first Disneyland park has fetched £555,838 ($708,000) at an auction in California.

The 1953 drawing was used by Walt Disney to secure funding, after his own studio refused to fund the site.

The artist’s impression was given to an employee, and remained out of public view for more than 60 years.

The map was personally annotated by the creator of Mickey Mouse, and reveals a picture of Walt Disney’s vision for the theme park, built in 1955.

The hand-coloured map was drawn in two days with input from Disney and artist Herb Ryman.

Disney’s brother Roy took the map to meet investors at the American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in 1953.

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Cartoonist Walt Disney could not get investment for the theme park from his own studio.

Mark Eaton of auctioneers Van Eaton Galleries in Los Angeles said: “After some pretty exciting bidding the map sold for $708,000, making it the most expensive Disneyland map ever sold.

“We are beyond thrilled that the map will continue to be appreciated and cherished.”

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The resort has welcomed 650 million people in its 62-year history

The map was given by Disney to production assistant Grenade Curran, who drove guests around the park in “autopia” vehicles when it opened.

He said: “I kept it for history’s sake, I kept it for Walt’s artistic stake, I kept it because it was the first thing to show and display… what a theme park would look like.”

The first Disneyland Resort was built in Anaheim, California, on a 100-acre car park site.

Since opening more than 60 years ago, it has greeted 650 million visitors, and it was the third most-visited theme park in the world in 2015.

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How Harry Potter enchanted the world

Media captionWhat JK Rowling said about first Harry Potter book in 1997

Can you believe it’s 20 years since the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone?

Joanne Rowling, as she was known then, dreamed up the story of the bespectacled boy wizard on a train trip between London and Manchester.

She finished the manuscript in 1995, writing much of it in cafes in Edinburgh while her baby from her first marriage slept in a pram.

After many rejections, the manuscript was eventually picked up by Bloomsbury. The first hardback print run, which came out on 26 June 1997, was just 500 copies.

Then something magic happened. That first book – and the six that followed – went on to sell more than 450 million copies around the world.

Here’s a look at the many ways the Harry Potter phenomenon has cast a spell on the cultural landscape over two decades.


It got kids (and adults) reading

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The Potter books have sold more than 450 million copies

Okay, so books were around for a long time before Harry Potter. But JK Rowling turned book consumption, especially for children, into something close to addiction.

You want proof? The UK release of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in 1999 was timed at 3.45pm to prevent children in England and Wales from skipping school to get their copy.

The later books got HUGE but it didn’t stop kids devouring them.

Grown-ups got hooked too, with the books being released in adult-friendly covers.

The book releases themselves became headline news: when the fourth book Goblet of Fire came out in 2000, booksellers around the world got together to coordinate the first ever global midnight launch.

When Rowling received an honorary degree at St Andrews University that same year, the Scottish institution said she had proved that children’s books “are still capable of capturing and enchanting an immense audience, irrespective of the competing attractions of television, Nintendo, Gameboy and Pokemon”.


It also got people writing

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Harry Potter fans at the premiere of the final film, the Deathly Hallows Part 2

The Harry Potter books are credited with opening the way to a whole swathe load of young adult fantasy fiction.

Lots of books were released in the hope they would be “the next Harry Potter”, such as Artemis Fowl, The Spiderwick Chronicles and A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Would we have had blockbuster series like Twilight and The Hunger Games novels had not Potter paved the way?

And let’s not forget fan fiction.

The internet is thrumming with tens of thousands of unofficial spin-off stories about life at Hogwarts, The Dursleys and what the Weasley twins get up to at parties.

A warning to the curious: some are NSFW.


It got us all steamed up about trains

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For a generation of kids brought up on Thomas the Tank Engine and The Polar Express, there was suddenly a shiny new steam train in the engine shed.

Yes, the Hogwarts Express.

No trip to King’s Cross Station in London is complete without a selfie on Platform Nine and Three-Quarters.


It introduced new words to the dictionary

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The Royal Mail produced special stamps based on the book covers

Most words have to be around for 10 years before they will be considered for the Oxford English Dictionary, but JK Rowling’s word “muggle” – which made its debut in Philosopher’s Stone – was an exception.

It was added to the OED in less than half the usual time, appearing in 2002 as “a person who lacks a particular skill or skills, or who is regarded as inferior in some way”.

In the world of Harry Potter, a muggle is a person without magical powers.

We suspect that Crumple-Horned Snorkack – an elusive magical creature in Sweden – may take longer to make it into the muggle lexicon.


It invented a new sport

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In the books, Quidditch is a magical sport played on flying broomsticks, and involves bludgers, quaffles and a golden snitch – a small ball with wings.

In the real world, Quidditch is a non-magical sport played on broomsticks, and involves bludgers, quaffles and a golden snitch – a person in a yellow t-shirt with a Velcro tail attached to their shorts.

It started in the US around 2005 and has become a global sport with its own governing body. The Quidditch World Cup takes place annually and was won last year by Australia.


It spawned one of the world’s biggest film franchises

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Young stars: Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint

Until recently, the eight Harry Potter films were the largest-grossing film franchise in history, having brought in a whopping $7.7bn (£6.1bn) worldwide.

The first Harry Potter film – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (it was known as the Sorcerer’s Stone in North America) – was released in November 2001.

As well as breaking box office records faster than a trip on the Knight Bus, it also introduced the young Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint to the world.

The final film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011) is the highest grossing of all the Potter films at $1.34bn. It’s the eighth-highest grossing film of all time.

The franchise – now known as JK Rowling’s Wizarding World – has continued with the spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016).

And there’s plenty more to come. Rowling has said she has planned scripts for a total of five Fantastic Beasts films.


It cast its spell on the theatre too

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opened in London in 2016 to the same kind of Pottermania that surrounded the release of the books and films.

Some 1,500 fans at the very first performance, many dressed as witches and wizards, gasped at the various plot revelations and stage illusions.

The two-part play begins with Harry, Ron and Hermione in their mid-30s as their own children head off to Hogwarts school.

It even had critics reaching for superlatives. One wrote: “British theatre hasn’t known anything like it for decades and I haven’t seen anything directly comparable in all my reviewing days.”

The play won a record-breaking nine prizes at this year’s Olivier Awards.

Cursed Child will be opening on Broadway in New York in 2018 and JK Rowling has said she would like it to be seen widely around the world.

It’s helped shape the millennial generation

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Is anyone worse than Voldemort?

Millions of people reaching young adulthood have never known a world without Harry Potter.

Many who’ve grown up with the books can now get regular doses of JK Rowling via social media – she’s got an army of almost 11m followers.

When Donald Trump was compared with Lord Voldemort last year, Rowling tweeted: “How horrible. Voldemort was nowhere near as bad.”

She later mocked Twitter users who threatened to burn her books.

One response read: “Guess it’s true what they say: you can lead a girl to books about the rise and fall of an autocrat, but you still can’t make her think.”

Twenty years on from that first book, it looks like no-one’s going to be saying “Avada Kedavra” to Harry Potter anytime soon.


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Ed Sheeran closes Glastonbury 2017

Media captionEd Sheeran performs The A Team at Glastonbury 2017

Pop star Ed Sheeran has headlined Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage, just six years after his debut at one of the festival’s smallest venues.

In 2011, the star played the solar-powered Croissant Neuf stage, playing “to about 500 people”.

On Sunday, he closed the festival, attracting a much younger audience than Friday and Saturday’s headliners, Radiohead and Foo Fighters.

The 26-year-old admitted he was “very nervous but very excited” to be there.

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“For those of you who haven’t seen one of my shows before or haven’t heard one of my songs, please pretend that you know them,” he told the audience.

“For those of you who have, please sing all of the words.”

“The aim of tonight is to lose our voices,” he added. “I’m going to lose mine as well.”

The audience took him up on the challenge; joining in wistfully as he sang the ballads Photograph and Thinking Out Loud.

They didn’t quite keep up, however, with the spittle-flecked Take It Back – a whirlwind of wordplay in which Sheeran declared: “I’m not a rapper, I’m a singer with a flow.”

The star played, as he usually does, without a band; using a loop pedal to layer his vocal and guitar lines and create a backing track live, on the spot.

This created problems during Bloodstream when his guitar slipped out of tune but, for the most part, the sound was impressive: Sheeran can build up or break down a song at will, a skill honed by years of relentless gigging in his teens.

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Sheeran attracted a significantly younger audience to the Pyramid Stage

Highlights included The A-Team, which he sang illuminated by the audience, who held their phones aloft, creating the impression of 80,000 fireflies bobbing around the fields of Worthy Farm.

Sheeran also invited traditional Irish band Beoga on stage to accompany him on Nancy Mulligan, a song about his paternal grandmother.

It was a moment that reeked of cheese but, watched from the side of the stage by his grandfather, Sheeran made it seem genuine.

This is the secret to his appeal. His brand of pop can be innocuous and twee – but Sheeran sells it with an earnest, everyman shtick that demolishes the divide between artist and audience.

However you respond to his music, it is clear he strikes a chord, especially with the YouTube generation who prioritise relatability over the preening mannerisms of, say, Mick Jagger.

Sheeran exploits it effortlessly. On headlining Glastonbury, he told the crowd: “I’d like to say it was a dream of mine, but I never thought I’d get to the point where I was playing this stage, let alone headlining it.”

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Sheeran may have been on stage alone, but his impressive set helped fill Worthy Farm with colour

And to Glastonbury itself, Sheeran’s appeal to under-30s is paramount: those are the fans the festival needs to replenish its audience and survive.

That’s why this year saw more pop and grime acts than ever, from Charli XCX to Katy Perry; from Wiley to Stormzy.

Killer surprise

On Sunday, the festival also saw sets from Royal Blood, Courteeners, Foo Fighters, The Jacksons, Radiohead and The Killers – who played a secret show on the John Peel stage on Sunday evening.

“They say you play the John Peel Stage twice in your career – once on the way up, and once on the way down,” said frontman Brandon Flowers.

“It’s great to be back.”

Earlier in the day, the Pyramid Stage briefly turned into Studio 54, with consecutive sets from Bee Gee Barry Gibb and funk band Chic drawing one of the biggest crowds of the weekend.

And LA band Haim literally brought the audience at The Other Stage to its knees.

The band, who were debuting songs from their new album, Something To Tell You, encouraged the crowd to dance lower and lower towards the ground until, eventually, they were lying down on the grass.

“All I wanted was a dance party,” bassist Este Haim told the BBC afterwards, “and then Glastonbury danced with me. We tangoed.”

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Sunday also saw sets from Shaggy, Emeli Sande, London Grammar and Biffy Clyro, who threw down the gauntlet to Sheeran with a ferocious volley of rock riffs on the Pyramid Stage.

There is no Glastonbury in 2018, meaning that there are 731 days until Worthy Farm opens its gates again.

The cows will be pleased.

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Glastonbury: Jeremy Corbyn ‘inspired’ by young voters

Media captionThe Labour leader was introduced on stage by Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis

Jeremy Corbyn said he had been inspired by how many young people had got involved in politics as he addressed the crowd at the Glastonbury festival.

“Do you know, politics is actually about everyday life?” he asked the Pyramid Stage audience who had, moments earlier, been dancing to Craig David.

The Labour leader called for “a world of human rights, peace, justice and democracy all over the planet”.

The speech was watched by tens of thousands across the festival site.

At the Pyramid Stage, supporters and activists surged to the front of the crowd holding placards, and a chorus of “Oh, Jeremy Corbyn” – sung to the tune of Seven Nation Army by former Glastonbury headliners The White Stripes.

Mr Corbyn was not without his dissenters among the large crowd, with some boos heard during the speech and small pockets of the audience walking away towards the end.

But he received loud cheers for comments on equality (“We need to challenge sexism in our society, and homophobia, and any form of discrimination that goes on”) and refugees (“Let’s support them in their hour of need and not see them as a threat and danger”).

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Mr Corbyn posed for photos with festival-goers at Glastonbury

Mr Corbyn also commented on the recent election, which saw Prime Minister Theresa May’s majority cut in the House of Commons, following a vote in which the turnout among young people was reported to have increased dramatically.

“The elites got it wrong,” he said. “The politics that got out of the box is not going back in that box”.

He added that he was “inspired” by the number of young voters who got involved for the first time.

That the Labour leader was given a rock star welcome was, perhaps, unsurprising at the overwhelmingly left-leaning music festival.

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Organiser Michael Eavis, who invited Mr Corbyn to appear, introduced him on stage, saying: “At last we have a leader to put in place all the issues we’ve been campaigning for for 40 years”.

The festival, which is run as a non-profit event, supports causes including Greenpeace, Oxfam and WaterAid.

Artists appearing at the festival have spoken of their support of Mr Corbyn’s politics, while Friday night’s headliners Radiohead commented during their set: “See you later, Theresa. Just shut the door on your way out.”

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Radiohead performed as the headline act on Friday

Rapper Dizzee Rascal told the BBC he was a fan: “He comes across quite genuine. It seems like he’s fought for a lot of good causes.”

“I don’t really want to get into politics,” added Mike Kerr of rock group Royal Blood, “but he seems like someone who speaks for, particularly, my generation of people. He seems like someone that represents us.”

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Katy Perry crowdsurfs at Glastonbury

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Pop star Katy Perry ended her debut performance at Glastonbury by diving head first into the audience.

It was less crowd-surfing than crowd-swimming, as the singer pulled herself slowly over the heads of her fans.

“Well, Beyonce never did that,” joked one audience member as Perry emerged from the fray.

The stage dive came as the star performed Roar at the end of 60 colourful minutes of pure grade pop, including the hits Firework and ET.

The star brought something that the Pyramid Stage never usually sees – choreography – as well as glitter cannons, silver-clad backing singers, and dancers dressed as giant eyeballs.

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The star had everyone on their feet – even the security team

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“This makes me feel cool,” the star told the crowd

“This makes me feel cool,” remarked Perry as she observed the crowd. “I don’t really ever feel cool.”

“There’s so many people here,” she added. “I didn’t know if you still liked me.”

The comment was presumably in reference to the relatively poor performance of her new album, Witness, which entered the charts at number six last week.

In truth, most of the audience had come for the earlier hits – I Kissed A Girl, Teenage Dream, California Girls – which prompted mass sing-alongs from the younger elements of Glastonbury’s audience.

The newer material was less enthusiastically received; although a spirited rendition of Chained To The Rhythm, which saw Perry trade impromptu dance moves with a security guard, proved to be a lot of fun.

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Craig David was a surprise hit on the main stage

Earlier in the day, a beaming Craig David drew Glastonbury’s biggest crowd so far; cementing his improbable comeback from pop purgatory.

Jumping between DJ turntables and the front of the stage, he tore through a set that combined his greatest hits and a raft of RB classics, including No Scrubs and One Dance.

Clearly enjoying himself, the star rewrote his lyrics on the fly, at one point singing: “I wanna be yours, Glastonbury, and spend the whole night with you”.

As the set drew to a close, he thanked fans who had “stuck with me since 1999″, when he scored his first hit, as a guest vocalist on The Artful Dodger’s Re-Rewind (The Crowd Say Bo Selecta).

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David’s crowd was undoubtedly bolstered by Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters, who arrived to see the Labour leader give a speech and introduce the next act, US hip-hop group Run The Jewels.

Corbyn delivered the political equivalent of a greatest hits set, running through some of his key policies on immigration,. social equality and arts education; as well as quoting Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem The Masque of Anarchy.

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Liam Gallagher reached out to the victims of recent events in London and Manchester

Elsewhere on Friday morning, Glastonbury hosted sets by Jools Holland, The Bootleg Beatles and up-and-coming acts The Amazons, Sigrid, Cabbage and Nadia Rose.

Liam Gallagher, appearing on The Other Stage, sang the Oasis hit Don’t Look Back In Anger for the first time ever (his brother Noel sang the original), dedicating the song to victims of Manchester and London attacks, and the Grenfell Tower fire.

US singer Maggie Rogers, who shot to fame after a video of Pharrell Williams listening to her music went viral, drew a large lunchtime crowd to the John Peel stage.

As well as the song that impressed Pharrell, Alaska, she twirled and pirouetted her way through the current single On/Off and a wonky cover of the Spice Girls’ Wannabe, with indie singer Declan McKenna.

“That one was just for me,” she joked. But the singer was clearly moved by the turnout and response to her set, wiping away tears as she thanked the audience.

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Maggie Rogers and Declan McKenna duetted on the John Peel stage

Saturday night’s headliners are Foo Fighters, who take to the Pyramid Stage two years after they were initially booked.

Frontman Dave Grohl had to pull out of the show after falling off stage and breaking his leg, two weeks before the festival.

Tonight’s performance will be “a big make-up date,” he told Radio 1 this week.

“We get to headline Glastonbury but also I get to do it standing on two legs. It means a lot to me, personally. It’s part of my recovery in a weird way.”

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Foo Fighters finally headline Glastonbury

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Foo Fighters have finally stepped onto Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage, two years after they were forced to pull out of the festival.

Days before their headline performance in 2015, Dave Grohl fell off stage and broke his leg in Gothenburg, Sweden.

“I’m about two years late tonight, I’m sorry,” said Grohl on Saturday, blaming bad traffic for the delay.

He then played a solo version of Times Like These, bringing in the band for an explosive climax.

Grohl explained the song held special significance when it came to their Glastonbury experience.

In 2015, he said, he has watched Florence + The Machine stand in for the Foo Fighters “on my laptop as I was sitting in a wheelchair with a broken leg and it looked beautiful.

“And all of a sudden, she played a Foo Fighters song – way better than we’ve ever played a Foo Fighters song, let me tell you.

“So I thought I’d come out here and start the show tonight singing that song back to Florence.”

Earlier this week, Grohl told BBC Radio 1 that playing Times Like These at Glastonbury would be “part of my recovery in a weird way.”

The band continued their set with All My Life and Learn to Fly – an exhilarating one-two punch of riff-laden rock.

“I think tonight we should just play until they kick us off the stage,” said Grohl. “You know we can do it.”

Grohl started out as the drummer in Nirvana, but these days it’s hard to imagine a time when he wasn’t a frontman.

Whether thrashing his guitar, strutting around the stage or teasing the crowd, his charisma spills over.

At one point, he sang an improvised song entirely consisting of one repeated swear word, just so he could break Adele’s record for the most obscenities said on stage at Glastonbury.

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Grohl seemed to be having the night of his life

And after the band played Walk, about “learning to walk again”, he joked: “I’d like to dedicate that last song to my surgeon… my plastic surgeon.

“I went to him and I said, ‘I know I have a broken leg – but could you make me look older. And voila.”

As Grohl scrolled through a mini-history of the Foo Fighters’ hits (The Pretender, My Hero, Monkey Wench), it became clear the band have one setting: Supersonic. Even the quiet songs somehow ended up loud.

But their catchy pop-rock choruses and Grohl’s investment in his band kept the crowd on side throughout the two-and-a-quarter hour set.

Spirits didn’t even sag when drummer Taylor Hawkins stepped out from behind his kit to sing a version of Queen and David Bowie’s Under Pressure.

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David Beckham and his son Brooklyn watched from the side of the stage

In fact, their bonhomie almost worked too well. During a pause in Best Of You, the audience picked up the song’s “woah-oh” refrain and sang it back to the band for a good three minutes.

“Would you let me finish the song, please?” pleaded Grohl. “Shhh.”

They eventually overran by 20 minutes, finishing their set just after the Pyramid Stage’s midnight curfew with a firework-assisted Everlong.

“I feel like this is the big one,” said Grohl. “I feel it’s the way it’s supposed to be.”

“Thank you so much. It was a beautiful night.”

Stormzy’s touching tribute

Elsewhere on Friday night, Solange played a mellow, subtly choreographed set on the West Holts stage.

Her performance drew heavily on last year’s hit album A Seat At The Table, a soulful, thoughtful portrayal of the struggles faced by black women throughout history.

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Stormzy marked himself out as a future headliner during his Other Stage performance

British grime star Stormzy gave a powerful performance to a packed-out audience at The Other Stage.

Alongside his own hits, including Big For Your Boots and Shut Up, he played Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You – on which he provided a guest rap at this year’s Brit Awards.

“We’re going to sing for Ed right now,” he said, encouraging the audience to go and see the pop star’s headline set on Sunday night.

“We’re going to let him know we got him tomorrow.”

Stormzy also dedicated the song 100 Bags to his mum, saying she “wouldn’t be able to comprehend” her son playing to 20,000 people at Glastonbury.

“Hey, mumzy, look at your boy now,” he said.

Throughout, the star’s set embraced his mainstream appeal without diluting the fierce and dextrous wordplay that made him special in the first place.

Coming on the day that Dizzee Rascal complained no British rapper had ever headlined Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage, it marked the rapper out as the artist to break that barrier.

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Glastonbury: Bradley Cooper surprises fans

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Film star Bradley Cooper made a surprise appearance on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage, as he shot a scene for his new film.

The Hangover star is currently directing and starring in a remake of A Star Is Born, the Judy Garland-starring musical about an up-and-coming singer.

He appeared at Glastonbury ahead of Kris Kristofferson’s set, holding a guitar and followed by cameras.

Cooper and his co-star Lady Gaga shot similar scenes at Coachella in April.

Before leaving the stage, Cooper thanked the audience: “You guys were awesome, that was great – it’s my sheer pleasure to introduce Kris Kristofferson.”

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The festival opened on Friday morning with a minute’s silence, to honour those affected by the recent tragedies in London and Manchester.

The moment of reflection was led by New Order’s Peter Hook, whose daughter attended the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester last month, where 22 people died.

“Can we please use this as a chance to send our hopes and our prayers for love, life and freedom,” he said. “[They're] the things we’re all here to celebrate.

“We send our sympathies to everyone affected by the events in London and Manchester, and everyone affected in Grenfell tower. God bless you all.”

As the silence ended, Happy Mondays singer Rowetta, appearing alongside Hook in a Manchester T-shirt announced: “You got the love”.

They then joined Hacienda Classical – a collaboration between Manchester DJs Graeme Park and Mike Pickering and the Manchester Camerata orchestra – playing souped-up versions of dance classics.

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The Pretenders opened The Other Stage, drawing a huge crowd to hear hits including Brass In Pocket, I’ll Stand By You and Back on The Chain Gang.

Chrissie Hynde, wearing a Motorhead t-shirt, dedicated the song Hymn To Her to organisers Michael and Emily Eavis, and paid tribute to the late Clash frontman Joe Strummer.

“If he’s still anywhere near this planet, he’s here today,” she said, as novelist John Niven watched from the side of the stage.

He had a recent Twitter spat with JK Rowling over the language he used to describe Prime Minister Theresa May.

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Dua Lipa said she danced on stage “like I’d never danced before”

In the afternoon, pop star Dua Lipa drew one of the biggest crowds so far to the John Peel stage.

Thousands of people packed out the tent, with the audience stretching beyond the perimeter, as she played hits including Hotter Than Hell, Be The One and Blow Your Mind (Mwah).

Speaking to the BBC as she came off stage, the 20-year-old was clearly overwhelmed.

“It’s been my favourite, favourite performance on stage I’ve ever done,” she beamed. “I’ve never seen so many people.

“It was just the most magical day in my life. Maybe even the best day of my life, apart from the day my brother and sister were born.”

However, Dua threw herself into the performance so heavily she caused herself an injury.

“I’ve mashed my tailbone,” she said. “It was already bruised, then I went on stage and danced like I’d never danced before. Now I can barely walk.”

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Organisers Michael Eavis posed for selfies with fans, and sang Elvis in a karaoke bar, on Thursday

Later on Friday, Radiohead top the bill, exactly 20 years after their first headline appearance.

Guitarist Ed O’Brien said they would “leave their ego at the gate” and embrace the spirit of the festival.

Footballer David Beckham is also due to visit Worthy Farm on Friday, after organiser Michael Eavis invited him to open a local social housing project.

Although Friday marks the start of festivities, revellers have been arriving since gates opened on Wednesday.

Those in the know were treated to “secret” sets by indie band Circa Waves and alt-pop experimentalists Everything Everything on Thursday night at the small Williams’ Green stage.

For Everything Everything, the short, 40-minute performance gave them the opportunity to revisit the scene of “the best gig we’ve ever had in our lives”.

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Two years ago, the band played the stage in the same week they released third album, Get To Heaven, “and in the time that elapsed, the listeners had learnt all the words and were singing them back”, singer John Higgs told BBC News.

“It was a really amazing, moving moment for us all.”

Thursday’s show was almost a re-run of that show, as fans joined in with the band’s new single, Can’t Do.

Although their set was not part of the official line-up, several thousand fans got wind of the show, and the audience spilled out of the tent into the surrounding fields.

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The festival kicked off after two days of build-up

“I keep getting texts from people I haven’t seen for years saying, ‘Oh, you’re playing tonight, aren’t you?’” joked drummer Michael Spearman.

“You can’t really keep anything secret, not in this day and age,” added Higgs.

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Simon Cowell’s Grenfell single tops chart

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Rita Ora, Kelly Jones and Stormzy all appear on the track

A single to raise money for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire has topped this week’s chart – despite only being released on Wednesday morning.

More than 50 stars including Stormzy, Rita Ora and Liam Payne recorded Bridge Over Troubled Water to support victims’ families and survivors.

The track sold 170,000 copies in less than 48 hours – the vast majority of which were download sales.

The cover of the Simon and Garfunkel classic was organised by Simon Cowell.

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Dua Lipa said she was “honoured” to take part in the project

Dua Lipa – who appears on the track – told the BBC: “It’s such a special song. I feel really honoured and grateful to have been a part of it.

“To see so many artists come together for such a great cause, and to see the community come together, it’s really sad and upsetting but to know that together we can help the families that have lost loved ones, it’s very important.”

The song had the biggest first day sales of any single released this decade, shifting 120,000 copies, according to the Official Charts Company.

Bridge Over Troubled Water also features vocals from Emeli Sande, Robbie Williams, Kelly Jones and Paloma Faith.

Residents and survivors of the tower block also appear as part of a choir led by Gareth Malone.

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The song knocked Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber’s Despacito from number one after six weeks at the top of the chart.

This week’s highest new entry was Wild Thoughts, performed by DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller – making it Rihanna’s 30th single to reach the top 10 in the UK.

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Lorde’s second album entered the chart at number five

Over on the album chart, Royal Blood went straight in at number one with their second album How Did We Get So Dark?

The group told the BBC: “To have a career and make another record that has taken us to this kind of level is not only something we didn’t expect, but something we didn’t even contemplate… it’s incredibly exciting.”

Nickelback’s ninth studio album Feed The Machine entered at number three – marking the band’s first top 10 album in 10 years.

Lorde’s Melodrama entered at number five.


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Radiohead mesmerise fans at Glastonbury with a wayward, but compelling, set

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Thom Yorke thanked the Eavis family “for having us at your lovely farm today”

Absorbing, challenging and achingly beautiful – Radiohead delivered a typically Radiohead sort of set for Glastonbury’s opening night.

The Oxford quintet emerged, bathed in white light, to the haunting piano refrain of Daydreaming, from last year’s A Moon Shaped Pool album.

Two hours and 25 songs later, they closed with Karma Police, singing: “For a minute there, I lost myself.”

It felt like a perfect metaphor for the band’s power to transport an audience.

The performance came on the 20th anniversary of Radiohead’s first headline set at Glastonbury.

That show, which took place just weeks after they released OK Computer, has often been called the festival’s best ever.

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However, frontman Thom Yorke recently told BBC 6 Music he had been on the verge of walking off the stage, after the band’s monitors exploded, meaning they could not hear each other.

“I just went over to Ed [O'Brien, guitarist] and said, ‘I’m off mate, see you later,’” he recalled.

“He turned around and went, ‘If you do, you’ll probably live the rest of your life regretting it.’ I went, ‘Good point.’”

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There were no such problems on Friday night, as the band embarked on a career-spanning set that held their experimental and anthemic qualities in perfect balance.

Airbag was thrilling, Pyramid Song devastating, and Everything In It’s Right Place a pulsing, twisted Radiohead version of a club classic.

They even pulled out the much-maligned Creep – the angsty, teenage anthem that gave them early success, but became a millstone around their necks as they matured into a fearlessly experimental art-rock outfit.

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Things got political – briefly – during No Surprises, where the lyric “bring down the government, they don’t speak for us,” elicited a huge cheer from the festival’s left-leaning audience.

As the song ended, Yorke commented: “See you later, Theresa. Just shut the door on your way out.”

That aside, the frontman rarely spoke during the set, except to thank Glastonbury organisers Michael and Emily Eavis “for having us at your lovely farm today”.

“Thank you very much for coming to this field to listen to us this evening,” he added during the encore.

“Probably we’ll see you in some other fields over the weekend.”

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Radiohead were preceded on the Pyramid Stage by indie-dance band The xx, whose spiralling, hypnotic songs soundtracked dusk on Worthy Farm.

Immediately before them, rock group Royal Blood celebrated with champagne on stage as their second album, How Did We Get So Dark, entered the charts at number one.

Speaking to the BBC, singer Mike Kerr said the band were bowled over by the two events converging.

“We definitely have a sense that this is a one-off thing. It’s something I’ll look back on as a very special time.”

Elsewhere on Friday, there were sets from Sleaford Mods, Clean Bandit, Dizzee Rascal, The Lemon Twigs and Flaming Lips.

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Lorde’s stage show was one of the day’s most elaborate

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Lorde performed as her second album, Melodrama, entered the charts at number five

On The Other Stage, pop star Lorde began her set “trapped” inside a clear plastic box that tilted back-and-forth above her band.

Once she emerged onto the stage, she dedicated a recently-released song, The Louvre, to anyone in the audience who was harbouring a secret crush.

“Shut your eyes and listen to the song, and just will it to happen,” she said. “Maybe they will kiss you tonight. Who knows?”

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The star last visited Glastonbury as a guest of Metallica in 2014

Actor Bradley Cooper appeared on the Pyramid Stage to film a scene for his new movie, a remake of the musical A Star Is Born.

He then introduced Kris Kristofferson, who was watched from the side of the stage by fellow Hollywood star Brad Pitt.

Johnny Depp also joined the singer-songwriter, who was 81 yesterday, playing guitar on one of the songs.

Depp caused controversy on Thursday, as he joked about assassinating Donald Trump during an appearance at Glastonbury. He has since apologised.

Former footballer David Beckham also made his first visit to Glastonbury, to help organiser Michael Eavis launch a new social housing project.

He planted a tree at the development in the nearby village of Pilton, before heading to the event with his 18-year-old son, Brooklyn.

If they stick around until Saturday, they will see acts including Stormzy, Katy Perry, Liam Gallagher and headliners the Foo Fighters.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will also appear on the Pyramid Stage to introduce US rap act Run The Jewels.

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Glastonbury: All you need to know about headliners Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran

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Each of the headliners will play to an audience of more than 80,000 people

After two days of build-up, Glastonbury kicks off in earnest on Friday when the Manchseter Camerata open the Pyramid Stage, playing orchestrally-enhanced versions of club classics.

Over the course of the weekend, more than 2,000 acts will play on the festival’s stages – but all eyes will be on the main headliners: Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran.

All three spoke to Radio 1′s Annie Mac this week, discussing their hopes and fears for the festival.

Here’s what they had to say, and a look at their history at Glastonbury.

Radiohead are headlining Glastonbury for the third time, 20 years after they first topped the bill.

That show, played just two weeks after the release of OK Computer, was named the best gig of all time by Q Magazine but Thom Yorke recently revealed he nearly walked off stage in frustration after the band’s monitors blew up, leaving them unable to hear each other.

“I just went over to Ed [O'Brien, guitarist] and said, ‘I’m off mate, see you later,’” he told BBC 6 Music. “He turned around and went, ‘If you do, you’ll probably live the rest of your life regretting it.’ I went, ‘Good point.’”

In the intervening years, Radiohead have done more than any other band to push the boundaries of rock music, stretching dark, brooding electronics over Yorke’s keening vocals. Their most recent album, A Moon Shaped Pool, rekindled their relationship with melody, and is bound to form the core of their set on Friday night.

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Annie Mac: How are you all feeling about this?

Ed O’Brien: To be honest, a little nervous. A few days ago we were doing the setlist for a show in Denmark and we all fessed up: We had the Glastonbury tingles. You know, that anticipation and slight nerves. It means a lot. It’s a huge one.

What does it feel like to stand on that stage and look out to 100,000 people?

The first time we played it in ’97, it felt like we were looking out upon this scene of devastation. The rain was horrendous.

But the interesting thing is, when it’s really right, it doesn’t feel like there’s a divide. There’s a feeling of the band and the audience experiencing this thing together.

Can you tell us anything at all about what you’ll be doing on Friday night?

There won’t be any sort of guest appearances! I thought that Coldplay with Barry Gibb last year was brilliant [but] we’re not that kind of band.

What advice would you give to people who are virgin Glastonbury headliners?

It’s all about humility. For me, the bands who don’t do it on that stage – or anywhere in Glastonbury – are the ones who turn up with their shades on, and it’s all about them.

You’ve got to remember, you’re just closing the night. You’re not headlining, you’re one part of this huge, great, amazing beautiful festival. You’re providing maybe two hours of soundtrack to people’s enjoyment and experience at that moment.

You’ve got to leave your ego and shades at the gate.

Foo Fighters were all set to headline Glastonbury two years ago when Dave Grohl fell off stage and broke his leg in Gothenburg, Sweden. With two weeks’ notice, Florence + The Machine were drafted in to take the band’s slot, and Grohl spent the rest of the year recuperating (and performing from a specially-constructed throne). Now, he’s back on two feet, and ready to rock.

Powered by a seemingly endless supply of both hit singles and rock star charisma, the band are perfect headliner material.

Fist-pumping anthems like The Pretender, Best of You and Times Like These are likely to be joined by new single Run, but hopefully the band will avoid the temptation to break out brand new tracks from the forthcoming album Concrete Gold – “a record that sounds like Motorhead doing Sgt Pepper’s,” according to Grohl.

Expect the mosh pit to be full for this one.

Media captionAnnie Mac chats to Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl.

Annie Mac: Would it be right to say this show will be a pinnacle in your career?

Dave Grohl: We last played Glastonbury in 1998 and we were in our infancy then. We were halfway down the bill, it was pouring with rain and I think there was some sort of Euro cup final thing happening, so about 90% of the audience disappeared once we hit the stage.

We were supposed to be back a couple of years ago and unfortunately I had to call in sick. So this is a big make-up date for me. We get to headline Glastonbury but also I get to do it standing on two legs. It means a lot to me, personally. It’s part of my recovery in a weird way.

You’ve had two extra years of a build-up to this headlining slot. Are you feeling like it’s going to be better than it was then?

Now there’s more purpose to us playing the gig.

You know, Florence + The Machine took our place as headliners and I saw footage of them playing one of our songs, Times Like These, and I got really emotional and thought, “What a beautiful gesture”. But [it was] also a beautiful moment that connected the band and the audience, so I can’t wait to play that song.

I’ve been thinking about this for two years. Playing a song like Times Like These in front of that audience for the first time, standing up on two legs, is huge. It’s a big deal, personally.

In just six short years, Ed Sheeran has graduated from Glastonbury’s tiny Croissant Neuf stage to the top of the bill.

He proved his ability to get people on his side in 2014, when he inherited Dolly Parton’s record-breaking Pyramid Stage audience, and got them all waving their shirts in the air during Sing.

Amazingly, he does all of this by himself. No band, no backing singers, no pyrotechnics. It’s just Ed, slapping his hand against his acoustic guitar and layering up harmonies on a loop pedal, like a digital one man band.

Music snobs might turn their noses up at his more saccharine songs, but the Sunday night slot is traditionally reserved for an artist who can bring the crowd together for an undemanding sing-song. And in that respect, Ed fits the bill perfectly.

Annie Mac: How are you feeling about this weekend?

Ed Sheeran: Really, really, really excited. I’m actually more excited about this than I was about playing Wembley [Stadium] – because when you’re playing your own shows, you’re not really winning anyone over. They’ve all parted with cash to buy a ticket.

Knowing that there are people in the audience that possibly don’t like my music at all… that excites me.

What’s the plan for the set?

I’m doing it all by myself. I think the key to any festival set is just play songs that people know. I’m not going to be like, “here’s a new song that I wrote last week”. It’s all going to be songs people have heard. Some [of the] songs I don’t even play in my set anymore because they’ve been over done, but I’m remembering that this is the first time that a lot of people are going to see me.

What about getting some special guests out… like Stormzy?

Stormzy is playing on Friday, so I don’t think he’s going to be around. But Beoga – who are the Irish band that play on Galway Girl – are there on Sunday, so I might get them up and have a bit of a jam.

Will you be at the festival all weekend?

I don’t like big crowds of people, ironically! So I’m not a big festival-goer.

I’m actually taking the opportunity to be at home for two days and then I’m going to go in on Sunday. And I’ve got every single member of my family coming so it’s going to be like a wedding reception afterwards.

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