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The Killers gave a glittering performance

 

US band The Killers headlined Glastonbury Festival's second full day as festival-goers shrugged off muddy conditions on the site.

 

The 177,500 revellers on the Somerset site are coping with more rain as the final day of the event gets under way.

 

The Who, Kaiser Chiefs, The Gossip, the Chemical Brothers and Dame Shirley Bassey are among the acts due to play.

 

Meanwhile, a 26-year-old man from the West Midlands has died after a suspected drugs overdose.

 

He was found unconscious by festival staff in the Park Farm area of the site near Pilton during the early hours of Saturday morning.

 

Rain and mud

 

The weather for Glastonbury has been less severe than at 2005's festival, when flash floods hit the Somerset site.

 

Other acts also on the musical bill were Iggy and the Stooges, Editors and Paolo Nutini.

 

While festival-goers had to be content with occasional glimpses of the sun during Saturday, conditions improved early in the evening.

 

The sun shone for Pete Doherty's turn with his band Babyshambles, which featured an appearance from his girlfriend Kate Moss.

 

Most were determined to enjoy themselves, despite the rain and mud.

 

Amy Steele, from Bristol, was there with husband Simon to celebrate her first wedding anniversary by going to the ballroom at the festival's anarchic Lost Vagueness area.

 

"Tonight's the big night for us, he's got a 1970s dinner jacket and I've got a beautiful 1950s ballgown to wear," she told BBC News.

 

Ms Steele added that the rain had prompted her to explore different areas of the festival - if only to escape the conditions.

 

"We've gone into tents because of the rain and seen a lot of things we wouldn't have seen otherwise," she said.

 

"It's been a bit of a shame because it has rained a lot during the day - even though there was massive rain in 2005, it was overnight."

 

First-time festival-goer Henry Dalton, 22, of Bournemouth, said: "It's my first time here and it's not as dry as I'd like it, but the bands and atmosphere have made up for it. Bjork was fantastic and I'm really looking forward to The Who on Sunday."

 

Police said crime was on a par with 2005's festival, with 163 offences recorded by Saturday morning.

 

The event, held on Michael Eavis' Worthy Farm, near Pilton, since 1970, draws to a close on Sunday.

 

Friday's bill was topped by the Arctic Monkeys, while The Who, Kaiser Chiefs and the Manic Street Preachers are among the other big names appearing on the Pyramid Stage during the weekend.

 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6233656.stm

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