Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis says thank you for making festival ‘the best one yet’
Emily Eavis, who co-organises Glastonbury festival with her dad Michael, has paid tribute to the artists and crews at the incredible event, calling this year’s “surely the best one yet”
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Kendrick Lamar closes Glastonbury 2022
She wrote: “Sunday rounding off an incredible weekend… thank you to everyone who came here and made it so special.
“It surely was the best one yet!
“A remarkable feat by all artists and crew, thank you to everybody who played a part and everyone who came and created such an amazing atmosphere of joy and love. Safe travels home. See you next year!”.
Music legends Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen at this year’s Glastonbury
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Her message came as the clean-up operation on the site was under way to return it from a pop-up city of 200,000 people to a Somerset dairy farm.
Beginning in the early hours of Monday morning, volunteers were shifting rubbish strewn across the 800-acre site as revellers began to make their way home following headline performances by Lamar, Billie Eilish and Sir Paul McCartney.
The clean-up crew tackled overflowing waste bins with big items such as camping chairs, blow-up mattresses, slippers, flip-flops and shopping bags needing to be disposed of.
Emily is the co-organiser of Glastonbury alongside her father Michael Eavis – who founded the festival
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They were also left picking up thousands of discarded items including paper cups and food containers after people descended on Worthy Farm for the festival.
Volunteer Sean Kelly, 32, told the PA news agency: “I’ve been litter picking every day for hours. In the whole recycling team there are 2,500 of us and I’ve done it 10 years on the trot.
“It’s very similar to 2019 because it is dry, it is a lot easier to pick when it is dry.
The clean up operation at the Glastonbury campsite is now underway
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“As a rule, everything is pretty much done early this year. There’s been a huge reduction in gas canisters this year, but there’s been a lot of vape bars and they are the only things you can’t recycle.
“Most things get recycled here.”
Campers packed up their belongings and left the Somerset site on Monday morning to brave traffic queues to get home as the rain descended following a festival that had defied ominous forecasts of thunderstorms and a yellow weather warning from the Met Office.
Kendrick Lamar performs at Glastonbury wearing a crown of thorns
Highlights from the festival’s special 50th year include history-making headline sets from Sir Paul and Eilish as well as Lamar’s dramatic demonstration for female rights which saw the singer chant “Godspeed for women’s rights” before dramatically exiting the Pyramid Stage.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper, 35, ensured his debut at the festival would be memorable, with his performance reaching a theatrical peak at the end as the lights came up during his rendition of new song Saviour, to reveal fake blood pouring down his face from a crown of thorns.
Diana Ross performs on the Pyramid Stage during day five of Glastonbury
Earlier on Sunday, Diana Ross reeled off hit after hit when she took to the stage for her Glastonbury debut in the Sunday teatime legends slot.
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