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Glastonbury 2017: Who is on and what to look out for this weekend

For those not lucky enough to get a ticket, here's how couch potatoes can get the most of this year's festival

The gates opened for this year's Glastonbury Festival on Wednesday, and after two days of small events, the festival kicked off today for what is expected to be a thrilling showcase of some of the world's biggest artists.

Those lucky enough to have got tickets will most likely be heading off to Somerset today, and you may be one of the people watching on in envy as they leave. But never fear - The Week has created a guide for what to look out for and when, if you find yourself resigned to watching from home.

When and where is it on?

The Glastonbury site in Somerset opened on Wednesday 21 June, and will close on Monday 26 June, with events taking place on the Main Stage from Friday to Sunday.

The BBC will broadcast extensively on TV and radio during the festival, and will stream much of it live on the BBC iPlayer website.

Which artists should I look out for?

Tonight, the Pyramid Stage will be awash with talent, with London-based electronic outfit The XX playing at 7:30pm, just before art-rock pioneers Radiohead take to the stage at 9:30pm.

The Pyramid Stage will also see a wide variety of world-famous artists over Saturday and Sunday, including Ed Sheeran and Foo Fighters.

However, it is elsewhere that keen music fans may want to look to find the deeper cuts of the festival.

9pm on Friday will Nottingham-based duo Sleaford Mods take to the Park Stage for what's sure to be a hilarious mix of spoken word and punk rock, while performance artist and rapper Kate Tempest will light up the West Holts stage at 5:45pm.

On Sunday, keep an eye out for veteran rocker and former Bee-Gee Barry Gibb, who takes to the Pyramid Stage at 4pm. The same stage at 2:45pm on Saturday sees a return by Craig David, who brought the house down with his performance at last year's festival, which BT News described as "epic".

Metro highlights of a range of up-and-coming artists - a trademark of Glastonbury - including "teenage singer-songwriter Declan McKenna, fuzzy-pop trio Girl Ray and London rapper Nadia Rose".

If none of these artists do it for you, perhaps the sight of extensive queues for port-a-loos, rowdy drunk people and the inevitable Glastonbury staple of mud and rain will bring a small amount of joy to your evenings at home.

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