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Stones prepare for Glastonbury set

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The Rolling StonesThe Rolling Stones are expected to play for more than two hours at the festival



After years of negotiations, The Rolling Stones make their debut at the Glastonbury Festival on Saturday night.


The band are due to play for two hours and 15 minutes, but only those at the festival will see the whole set.


Festival organiser Michael Eavis said the band have only allowed the BBC to show one hour of the historic performance.


Other acts on Saturday's bill include Elvis Costello, Primal Scream and dance act Chase & Status.


Malian musician Rokia Traore was the first act on the Pyramid Stage on Saturday morning as temperatures nudged 20 degrees Celsius.


Her upbeat blend of African roots, blues and jazz gave early risers a chance to dance off the fug of a late night.


Jagger tight-lipped

A headliner at this year's Womad festival, Traore was offered a Glastonbury slot as a gesture of solidarity with Mali, where Islamic militants have all but banned music in some areas.


Earlier, as the sun beamed down on Somerset's Worthy Farm, familiar riffs from Stones hits Start Me Up and (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction rang out from the festival's main stage, as technicians prepared for the show at 21:30 BST.


But speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme earlier, Mick Jagger refused to be drawn on the band's plans.


"I'm not saying what we're doing at Glastonbury. I can't tell you the set list," he said.


However, fans know that the band have largely stuck to the same set-list on their current 50th anniversary tour.


Special guests

The show opens with four of their best-known songs - Get Off Of My Cloud, It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It), Paint It Black and Gimme Shelter.


Rare cuts, fans requests and album tracks often get an airing in the looser middle section of the set.


And the veteran rockers have also invited special guests on stage, with Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift all making appearances.


Rumours of who might join them at Glastonbury are echoing around the site.


Sir Bruce Forsyth - who is appearing at the festival on Sunday - is one of the stranger names on the list.


Like Sir Mick, guitarist Keith Richards is not giving away any secrets, but he told the BBC the band were looking forward to the show.


'Like building Stonehenge'

"I'm looking forward to it because it is an iconic gig and it's an iconic band and finally the two meet at last," he told Radio 1's Newsbeat.


"In a way it's kind of weird that at last we've made it to Glastonbury. It's like building Stonehenge right?"


For Michael Eavis and his daughter Emily, the appearance is an ambition achieved.


"It's one of those things you thought might never happen," said Emily.


"We were very pleased to get them.


"For my dad, it's been a lifetime of really wanting them to play, so he's really thrilled."


And, although the rock band drive a notoriously hard bargain when it comes to fees and ticket prices, Emily was adamant they had not received any special favours.


She said: "At Glastonbury we have a certain kind of deal which everybody gets, and everyone's getting the same. So we're very happy with that."





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