Thousands of fans gear up for Glastonbury

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Some 200,000 music fans will soon file into Worthy Farm in Pilton, England, for Glastonbury Festival, June 24-26.

Now in its 41st year, Glastonbury Festival is one of the biggest and best-loved music festivals in the world, known for its all-star lineups and varied arts offerings.

According to weather reports, rain is expected on Thursday and Friday, meaning U2's headline set may be a wet one.

Other top acts include Coldplay, Beyoncé, and Fleet Foxes, along with Friendly Fires, Elbow, Cee Lo Green, Plan B, Pendulum, Big Boi, Kool & the Gang Muse, and several hundred additional performers.

Tickets for the 2011 festival are sold out, but fans in the UK can watch or listen to select shows via the BBC television or radio stations. Live streams will also be available to UK audiences via the BBC's website.

On June 20, Glastonbury announced it will use two Twitter accounts during the festival. One account, @glastofest, will post news updates, such as travel and weather reports and changes to the lineup. Also, @glastolive will be a resource of photos and comments from reporters attending the event. 

Other major music events coming up this month include Denmark's Roskilde Festival, June 30-July 3, with the Arctic Monkeys, Iron Maiden, and Kings of Leon headlining. Belgium's Rock Werchter, also June 30-July 3, features Kings of Leon, Coldplay, Linkin Park, Bruno Mars, Arctic Monkeys, and PJ Harvey.

For a taste of the scene at Glastonbury, check out this short film:

Listen to the Glastonbury radio station.

Access mobile apps for Glastonbury: iOS app Android app