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Great Glasto clean-up begins

The great Glastonbury clean-up began yesterday as workers started to sweep up more than 1,650 tonnes of waste from the festival fields. The process, which takes more than two weeks to finish, involves about 500 paid litter-picking staff. Last year it was estimated that 48 per cent of the waste was recycled.

In pictures: Glastonbury highlights

As the muddy revellers head home, we look back at all the action from Glastonbury 2011.

DJ Taylor: DLT, Slade and the felling of tyrants

From Burma to Poland, repressive regimes tremble under the influence of our Seventies pop icons

10 best festival essentials

If you’re heading for Glastonbury this weekend, or one of the many musical events this summer, here are a few ideas to make your trip more comfortable.

Leading article: Band on the run

Any busker could have told them. The height of the rush hour is just about the worst time to get an attentive audience. Yes, there are loads of people about, but most of them are too focused, in too much of a hurry or too anxious to insulate themselves from the rest of the hustling humanity around them to want to be bothered with music.

Vince Power to float festivals business

Vince Power, the man who set up the Mean Fiddler in the 1980s, is to push ahead with a plan to take his new music festival venture public by the end of the month.

Portfolio: Adrian Warren

Things look very different from above. A first glance at this seemingly abstract image and you could be forgiven for thinking you are looking at a mosaic of some sort. But descend 3,000ft to ground level and the reality emerges: one small part of the vast collection of tents that provided shelter for the 170,000-plus visitors to Glastonbury last year.

Celebrated literary feud ends after Naipaul and Theroux bury the hatchet

After fifteen years of a very public feud, V S Naipaul and Paul Theroux have finally buried the hatchet.

Here comes the summer! Your guide to the best festivals of 2011

From U2 at Glastonbury to film and theatre under the stars, literature at Woodstock and the boutique beauty of Green Man, a great summer awaits. Elisa Bray selects the highlights

HowTheLightGetsIn 2011 - The philosophy and music festival at Hay

HowTheLightGetsIn, the philosophy and music festival at Hay on Wye, is back. From rigorous debates and incisive solo talks to cutting-edge dj sessions and a different themed party every night, this year’s festival promises to be a cerebral and imaginative start to the summer season.

Muse drawing a line under 'phase one' of career

Muse's headline sets at Reading and Leeds Festivals 2011 will "draw a line" under "phase one" of their career.

Glasvegas star James Allan overdosed

Glasvegas frontman James Allan has confessed the band axed American tour dates because he suffered an overdose.

The Gilles Peterson Awards: Introducing Homeboy Sandman

A review of the show and an interview with the rapper from Queens who freestyles exclusively for the Independent.
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