Glastonbury Festival has started off with hours of queuing as festival-goers face tightened security measures in the wake of three terrorist attacks in the past month in the UK.
Organisers advised ticket-holders to "pack light" for this year's event in light of extra searches before people were let onto the site.
Punters were forced to join queues half a mile long within an hour of the gates opening at 7am on Wednesday – an hour earlier than planned – with reports from seasoned attendees saying they had "never seen" queues like it.
Reporter Hannah Al-Othman tweeted:
Reports on social media suggested that all attendees were affected, even the handful who had come by bicycle:
Many who made it through the gates this morning arrived on Tuesday evening, where the car parks opened at 9pm. Jane McCormick from London, who had arrived on Tuesday, told the Bristol Post that she reached the bag check at 7.50am, nearly four hours after joining the queue at 4am.
"It's been a long, long wait already but it'll be worth it," she told the local paper. Many expect to wait three hours to make it into the site.
Festival-goers are being subject to two checks: first, an initial bag search, then one with hand-held metal detectors, before they reach the festival site, according to Telegraph photographer Paul Grover.
While organisers warned that those with trolleys to carry their luggage would be subject to separate, potentially longer, queues, Grover added that these attendees weren't going through the metal turnstiles that others, who were carrying their luggage, were queuing to pass through.
Claire, from south London, told The Telegraph: "They do an airport-style body scan and then search every bag."
In an extra bout of security, attendees have been asked to tag all of their luggage with their name and phone number in case bags are left unattended.