Sombre mood at Glastonbury as revellers digest EU poll result


A sombre atmosphere descended on Glastonbury Festival after a night of partying as news filtered through that Britain had voted to leave the EU.

There were no televisions at the site showing the result, but news quickly spread, although Prime Minister David Cameron's resignation was still trickling through as the festival prepared to officially open at 11am.

Among festival-goers, there was a feeling of surprise and uncertainty.

Alex Keshavarzi, 26, from Stevenage, and his friend Rachel Hawkins, 25, from Wales, said they were "devastated" by the result.

Festival-goers at Glastonbury (Ben Birchall/PA)
Festival-goers at Glastonbury (Ben Birchall/PA)

Mr Keshavarzi said: "We were just talking about how uncertain everything is now and how unsafe it has made us feel. I'm a student, a PhD student, I don't know how it's going to affect how I can travel inside the EU, what it means in terms of my research and my funding, because that all comes from European bodies and research councils.

"In 20 years there might be light at the end of the tunnel, we'll see something good out of it. For the time being I can't see it being a good thing."

Ms Hawkins said: "We're the generation who are all trying to get jobs post 2008 when we were still in the middle of a recession. We're all in young adulthood and we just finally started to feel like we were getting somewhere, and now our generation is going to go through another recession and the same difficulty again. I knew it would be close, but I honestly thought we'd stay. I'm really shocked actually, I'm just a bit speechless that we left."

Crowds at Glastonbury (Yui Mokl/PA)
Crowds at Glastonbury (Yui Mokl/PA)

She dubbed it "the Year of the Apocalypse" as she predicted Donald Trump becoming president of the US.

Speaking of Mr Cameron's resignation, she said: "I don't think he should have, but I can understand why, because this is not what he wanted for the country. This is going to go down in the history books and he doesn't want to be the Prime Minister that's dealing with the fallout of all this."

Rebecca Corrin, 21, from the Isle of Man, registered with her university address so she could have her In vote counted in the EU referendum. She said she was "gutted" by the result.

"It feels like the Leave campaign was based on non-facts and they didn't have a plan for after they won, so I feel like we're in a state of limbo now. I think right now we'll have a stiff drink and then we'll try and forget about it."

Crowds gather at Glastonbury (Yui Mokl/PA)
Crowds gather at Glastonbury (Yui Mokl/PA)

There was plenty of support for the Out campaign at the festival, although even their mood seemed far from triumphant.

Eileen Corder, 57, from Dorset, was happy with the result: "I think a lot of it is to do with all these immigrants being allowed in, I think that's what swayed most people. But that's what swayed me, anyway. There's too many people coming into this country."

Her husband Dave, 61, had not heard about Mr Cameron's resignation but agreed with the decision.

David Cameron has resigned (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
David Cameron has resigned (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

"He obviously wasn't voting to go out, so he's got nowhere to go, has he? You need someone else to lead us on."

He hoped it would not affect the festival.

"I don't think it will affect it once the music gets going. Everyone has got their own opinion so they'll just enjoy the music - that's what we're here for."