Glastonbury 2013 opens its gates

Festival goers arrive at the Glastonbury Music Festival site, Glastonbury, England on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. Thousands are to arrive for the three day festival that starts on Friday, June 28 with headliners, Arctic Monkeys, the Rolling Stones and Mumford and Sons. (Photo by Jim Ross/Invision/AP)
Jim Ross

The music hasn't started yet, but the race to find the perfect camping spot has already begun.

Thousands of people hauling tents, sleeping bags and beer are descending onto the Glastonbury Festival campsite in southwest England since the gates swung open Wednesday. Launched in 1970 with just 1,500 concertgoers on a farm, Glastonbury has grown into the biggest music festival in the world.

The June 26-30 event, one of the world's largest music festivals, is headlined this year by the Rolling Stones, who are celebrating 50 years together. Other acts include the Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend, Steve Winwood, Lucinda Williams, Elvis Costello and Kenny Rogers, among many others.

Grammy Award-winning band Mumford & Sons will close the festival, just weeks after bassist Ted Dwane underwent brain surgery.

Some 135,000 music fans are due to attend the festival, which is returning after taking a break last summer due to the London Olympics.