Festival-goers enjoy Glastonbury 2017

Glastonbury Festival fell silent for a minute on Friday in memory of recent terror attacks and the devastating Grenfell Tower fire, before Hacienda Classical eased revellers into the first day of music at the world’s biggest greenfield festival.

Peter Hook, the bass player from Manchester bands Joy Division and New Order, led the crowd on the main Pyramid Stage in reflecting on “our hopes and our prayers for life, love and freedom, the things we are here to celebrate”.

“Glasto”, as it is affectionately known, is headlined later on Friday by Radiohead who 20 years ago performed during one of the wettest years in the festival’s history, lifting a sodden crowd with music from their groundbreaking album “OK Computer”.

Featuring songs about alienation, capitalism and the impact of modern technology, “OK Computer” sounds oddly prescient in a politically divided and anxious Britain in 2017.

Security has been stepped up at Worthy Farm in Somerset, south-west England, after a suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester killed 22 last month and three recent attacks in London.

The five-day festival is the largest greenfield festival in the world. Started by Michael Eavis in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid just £1, it now attracts more than 175,000 people. (Reuters/Getty Images)

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Festival-goers watch grime artist Stormzy

Festival goers watch grime artist Stormzy perform at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, in Somerset, England, Saturday, June 24, 2017. (Photo: Grant Pollard/Invision/AP)

Grime artist Stormzy perform

Grime artist Stormzy performs at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, in Somerset, England, Saturday, June 24, 2017. (Photo: Grant Pollard/Invision/AP)

Festival-goers wait to hear Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speak

Festival goers wait to hear Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speak at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, in Somerset, England, Saturday, June 24, 2017. (Photo: Grant Pollard/Invision/AP)

Jeremy Corbyn and Michael Eavis embrace onstage

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, left, and organizer Michael Eavis onstage at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, in Somerset, England, Saturday, June 24, 2017. (Photo: Grant Pollard/Invision/AP)

Katy Perry performs

Singer Katy Perry performs at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, in Somerset, England, Saturday, June 24, 2017. (Photo: Grant Pollard/Invision/AP)

Festival-goers enjoy the night

People enjoy the night time areas at the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 23, 2017 near Glastonbury, England. (Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

People gather to watch the Arcadia landing show

People gather to watch the Arcadia landing show at the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 23, 2017 near Glastonbury, England. (Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Fans watch the Flaming Lips perform

The Flaming Lips perform at The Park at the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 23, 2017 near Glastonbury, England. (Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

The Flaming Lips perform

The Flaming Lips perform at The Park at the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 23, 2017 near Glastonbury, England. (Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Fans watch Radiohead perform

Fans watch Radiohead headline on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival Site on June 23, 2017 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

Actor Bradley Cooper performs

Actor Bradley Cooper performs on the Pyramid Stage at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival in Britain, June 23, 2017. (Photo: Dylan Martinez/Reuters)

Revellers smile

Revellers smile at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival in Britain, June 23, 2017. (Photo: Dylan Martinez/Reuters)

Charli XCX performs

Charli XCX performs on the Other Stage at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival in Britain, June 23, 2017. (Photo: Dylan Martinez/Reuters)

A young festival goer watches Charli XCX

Ellie Woods, 5, watches Charli XCX on The Other Stage with her parents at Glastonbury Festival Site on Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 23, 2017 near Glastonbury, England. (Photo: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

People walk round the Glastonbury Festival site

People walk round the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 23, 2017 near Glastonbury, England. (Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Little Dragon perform

Little Dragon perform on the West Holts Stage at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival in Britain, June 23, 2017. (Photo: Dylan Martinez/Reuters)

Music fans cheer Royal Blood

Music fans cheer as Royal Blood on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 23, 2017 near Glastonbury, England. (Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

The Soderberg sisters perform

Sisters Johanna Soderberg, left, and Klara Soderberg of the band ‘First Aid Kit’, perform at the Glastonbury music festival at Worthy Farm, in Somerset, England, Friday, June 23, 2017. (Photo: Grant Pollard/Invision/AP)

A reveller exhales

A reveller exhales at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival, Britain, June 23, 2017. (Photo: Dylan Martinez/Reuters)

A man rides a penny farthing bicycle

GLAA man rides a penny farthing bicycle from the Circus Big Top tent at Glastonbury Festival Site on Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 23, 2017 near Glastonbury, England. (Photo: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

A young girl wears wellington boots

A young girl wearing wellington boots plays with sand with a young boy at Glastonbury Festival Site on Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 23, 2017 near Glastonbury, England. (Photo: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

Actor Johnny Depp greets fans

Actor Johnny Depp greets fans before presenting his film The Libertine, at Cinemageddon at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival in Britain, June 22, 2017. (Photo: Dylan Martinez/Reuters)

Stilt walkers perform

Stilt walkers perform at the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 22, 2017 near Glastonbury, England. (Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Revellers high five the police

Revellers high five the police at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival in Britain, June 22, 2017. (Photo: Dylan Martinez/Reuters)

A festival-goer wears a ‘free hugs’ t-shirt

People gather in front of the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 22, 2017 near Glastonbury, England. (Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

A reveller relaxes

A reveller relaxes by the Stone Circle at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival, in Britain June 22, 2017. (Photo: Dylan Martinez/Reuters)

A sign post at the festival

A sign post at the Glastonbury music festival at Worthy Farm, in Somerset, England, Thursday, June 22, 2017. (Photo: Grant Pollard/Invision/AP)

Revellers sleep

Revellers sleep in front of a food stand at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival, in Britain June 22, 2017. (Photo: Dylan Martinez/Reuters)

Festival goers limbo

Festival goers limbo at the Glastonbury music festival at Worthy Farm, in Somerset, England, Thursday, June 22, 2017. (Photo: Grant Pollard/Invision/AP)

Revellers use the public lavatories

Revellers use the public lavatories at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival in Britain, June 22, 2017. (Photo: Dylan Martinez/Reuters)

A Donald Trump flag flutters

A flag flutters at Worthy Farm in Somerset for the Glastonbury Festival in Britain, June 21 2017. (Photo: Dylan Martinez/Reuters)

People attend a screening

People attend a screening of filmmaker Julian Temple’s Glastonbury documentary being shown at the new night time area, Cinemaggedon at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 21, 2017 near Glastonbury, England. (Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

The sun sets

The sun sets at Glastonbury Festival Site on June 21, 2017 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo: Ki Price/Getty Images)

Festival goers watch the sun set

Festival goers watch the sun set at the Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts on Worthy Farm near the village of Pilton in Somerset, South West England, on June 21, 2017. (Photo: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images)

A reveller walks among the tipi tents

A reveller walks among the tipi tents at the Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts on Worthy Farm near the village of Pilton in Somerset, South West England, on June 21, 2017. (Photo: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images)

Festival fans queue as the gates open

Festival fans queue as the gates open at the Glastonbury Festival amid heightened security at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 21, 2017 near Glastonbury, England. (Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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