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Pop star Katy Perry ended her debut performance at Glastonbury by diving head first into the audience.

It was less crowd-surfing than crowd-swimming, as the singer pulled herself slowly over the heads of her fans.

“Well, Beyonce never did that,” joked one audience member as Perry emerged from the fray.

The stage dive came as the star performed Roar at the end of 60 colourful minutes of pure grade pop, including the hits Firework and ET.

The star brought something that the Pyramid Stage never usually sees – choreography – as well as glitter cannons, silver-clad backing singers, and dancers dressed as giant eyeballs.

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The star had everyone on their feet – even the security team

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“This makes me feel cool,” the star told the crowd

“This makes me feel cool,” remarked Perry as she observed the crowd. “I don’t really ever feel cool.”

“There’s so many people here,” she added. “I didn’t know if you still liked me.”

The comment was presumably in reference to the relatively poor performance of her new album, Witness, which entered the charts at number six last week.

In truth, most of the audience had come for the earlier hits – I Kissed A Girl, Teenage Dream, California Girls – which prompted mass sing-alongs from the younger elements of Glastonbury’s audience.

The newer material was less enthusiastically received; although a spirited rendition of Chained To The Rhythm, which saw Perry trade impromptu dance moves with a security guard, proved to be a lot of fun.

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Craig David was a surprise hit on the main stage

Earlier in the day, a beaming Craig David drew Glastonbury’s biggest crowd so far; cementing his improbable comeback from pop purgatory.

Jumping between DJ turntables and the front of the stage, he tore through a set that combined his greatest hits and a raft of RB classics, including No Scrubs and One Dance.

Clearly enjoying himself, the star rewrote his lyrics on the fly, at one point singing: “I wanna be yours, Glastonbury, and spend the whole night with you”.

As the set drew to a close, he thanked fans who had “stuck with me since 1999″, when he scored his first hit, as a guest vocalist on The Artful Dodger’s Re-Rewind (The Crowd Say Bo Selecta).

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David’s crowd was undoubtedly bolstered by Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters, who arrived to see the Labour leader give a speech and introduce the next act, US hip-hop group Run The Jewels.

Corbyn delivered the political equivalent of a greatest hits set, running through some of his key policies on immigration,. social equality and arts education; as well as quoting Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem The Masque of Anarchy.

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Liam Gallagher reached out to the victims of recent events in London and Manchester

Elsewhere on Friday morning, Glastonbury hosted sets by Jools Holland, The Bootleg Beatles and up-and-coming acts The Amazons, Sigrid, Cabbage and Nadia Rose.

Liam Gallagher, appearing on The Other Stage, sang the Oasis hit Don’t Look Back In Anger for the first time ever (his brother Noel sang the original), dedicating the song to victims of Manchester and London attacks, and the Grenfell Tower fire.

US singer Maggie Rogers, who shot to fame after a video of Pharrell Williams listening to her music went viral, drew a large lunchtime crowd to the John Peel stage.

As well as the song that impressed Pharrell, Alaska, she twirled and pirouetted her way through the current single On/Off and a wonky cover of the Spice Girls’ Wannabe, with indie singer Declan McKenna.

“That one was just for me,” she joked. But the singer was clearly moved by the turnout and response to her set, wiping away tears as she thanked the audience.

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Maggie Rogers and Declan McKenna duetted on the John Peel stage

Saturday night’s headliners are Foo Fighters, who take to the Pyramid Stage two years after they were initially booked.

Frontman Dave Grohl had to pull out of the show after falling off stage and breaking his leg, two weeks before the festival.

Tonight’s performance will be “a big make-up date,” he told Radio 1 this week.

“We get to headline Glastonbury but also I get to do it standing on two legs. It means a lot to me, personally. It’s part of my recovery in a weird way.”

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The band broke the Pyramid Stage’s midnight curfew

Foo Fighters have finally stepped onto Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage, two years after they were forced to pull out of the festival.

Days before their headline performance in 2015, Dave Grohl fell off stage and broke his leg in Gothenburg, Sweden.

“I’m about two years late tonight, I’m sorry,” said Grohl on Saturday, blaming bad traffic for the delay.

He then played a solo version of Times Like These, bringing in the band for an explosive climax.

Grohl explained the song held special significance when it came to their Glastonbury experience.

In 2015, he said, he has watched Florence + The Machine stand in for the Foo Fighters “on my laptop as I was sitting in a wheelchair with a broken leg and it looked beautiful.

“And all of a sudden, she played a Foo Fighters song – way better than we’ve ever played a Foo Fighters song, let me tell you.

“So I thought I’d come out here and start the show tonight singing that song back to Florence.”

Earlier this week, Grohl told BBC Radio 1 that playing Times Like These at Glastonbury would be “part of my recovery in a weird way.”

The band continued their set with All My Life and Learn to Fly – an exhilarating one-two punch of riff-laden rock.

“I think tonight we should just play until they kick us off the stage,” said Grohl. “You know we can do it.”

Grohl started out as the drummer in Nirvana, but these days it’s hard to imagine a time when he wasn’t a frontman.

Whether thrashing his guitar, strutting around the stage or teasing the crowd, his charisma spills over.

At one point, he sang an improvised song entirely consisting of one repeated swear word, just so he could break Adele’s record for the most obscenities said on stage at Glastonbury.

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Grohl seemed to be having the night of his life

And after the band played Walk, about “learning to walk again”, he joked: “I’d like to dedicate that last song to my surgeon… my plastic surgeon.

“I went to him and I said, ‘I know I have a broken leg – but could you make me look older. And voila.”

As Grohl scrolled through a mini-history of the Foo Fighters’ hits (The Pretender, My Hero, Monkey Wench), it became clear the band have one setting: Supersonic. Even the quiet songs somehow ended up loud.

But their catchy pop-rock choruses and Grohl’s investment in his band kept the crowd on side throughout the two-and-a-quarter hour set.

Spirits didn’t even sag when drummer Taylor Hawkins stepped out from behind his kit to sing a version of Queen and David Bowie’s Under Pressure.

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David Beckham and his son Brooklyn watched from the side of the stage

In fact, their bonhomie almost worked too well. During a pause in Best Of You, the audience picked up the song’s “woah-oh” refrain and sang it back to the band for a good three minutes.

“Would you let me finish the song, please?” pleaded Grohl. “Shhh.”

They eventually overran by 20 minutes, finishing their set just after the Pyramid Stage’s midnight curfew with a firework-assisted Everlong.

“I feel like this is the big one,” said Grohl. “I feel it’s the way it’s supposed to be.”

“Thank you so much. It was a beautiful night.”

Stormzy’s touching tribute

Elsewhere on Friday night, Solange played a mellow, subtly choreographed set on the West Holts stage.

Her performance drew heavily on last year’s hit album A Seat At The Table, a soulful, thoughtful portrayal of the struggles faced by black women throughout history.

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Stormzy marked himself out as a future headliner during his Other Stage performance

British grime star Stormzy gave a powerful performance to a packed-out audience at The Other Stage.

Alongside his own hits, including Big For Your Boots and Shut Up, he played Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You – on which he provided a guest rap at this year’s Brit Awards.

“We’re going to sing for Ed right now,” he said, encouraging the audience to go and see the pop star’s headline set on Sunday night.

“We’re going to let him know we got him tomorrow.”

Stormzy also dedicated the song 100 Bags to his mum, saying she “wouldn’t be able to comprehend” her son playing to 20,000 people at Glastonbury.

“Hey, mumzy, look at your boy now,” he said.

Throughout, the star’s set embraced his mainstream appeal without diluting the fierce and dextrous wordplay that made him special in the first place.

Coming on the day that Dizzee Rascal complained no British rapper had ever headlined Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage, it marked the rapper out as the artist to break that barrier.

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Revellers at the first ever Glastonbury in 1970 each got a free pint of milk. Nearly 50 years on, it’s still delivered direct to people’s tents – but it costs £1.20 a pint.

Much of the milk comes from the Eavis’s own cows; and providing a link between the festival and Worthy Farm’s real business.

Greg Newman has been volunteering on the milk float for 12 years. He took the BBC on one of his rounds.

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Dr Luke and Kesha’s mum, Pebe Sebert, have reportedly agreed to drop defamation lawsuits against each other.

The music producer had accused Serbert of “tortious interference” (legal speak for wrongful interference) in the contract between himself and Kesha.

Serbert responded to Luke, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald, by suing him as well.

The term defamation is used to describe when the good reputation of someone is damaged.

For years Kesha has tried to get out of a record deal with Dr Luke, claiming he sexually assaulted her, which he has always denied.

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Kesha and her mum

In a joint statement released by Dr Luke’s representatives, both parties agree to drop the claims, meaning that there’s now only one legal battle between Kesha and Luke.

The pair say, according to reports: “Dr Luke vigorously disputes and denies that he ever raped Kesha Sebert, and he is asserting claims of defamation in a New York court against Kesha Sebert for making statements to the contrary, which statements Dr Luke adamantly maintains are false.

“Pebe admits she has no firsthand personal knowledge of the events occurring on the night of the alleged rape. Pebe was not present that night. At that time, Pebe was in Nashville, and Kesha was in Los Angeles.

“The dispute between Kesha and Dr Luke about the events of that night is the subject of the New York case, and will be decided in that case. Accordingly, all parties believe it is appropriate to dismiss this Tennessee case and focus their attention on the New York case.”

Adam Lambert, Max Martin, Dr Luke and Kesha

The sexual assault claims will go ahead in New York.

Kesha claims the 43-year-old drugged, sexually abused and psychologically tormented her. He denies those claims.

The allegations date back to 2005, soon after she signed with him, when she was 18.

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Dizzee Rascal says he deserves to be given top billing at the Glastonbury Festival.

“I’ve toured this festival for years, never disappointed,” he told the BBC. “You can always count on me.

“I’m basically at the stage where they need to make me headline this thing – because they ain’t had no British rappers headline this festival.”

As if to prove his point, the star drew huge crowds to his set on The West Holts stage on Friday.

Running through hits including Fix U, Look Sharp, Bonkers and new single Space, he provided a raucous counterpart to Radiohead’s more cerebral set on the Pyramid Stage.

Although Dizzee’s appearance put him at the top of the bill on the festival’s third-biggest stage, he asked why US rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West had been made main stage headliners ahead of their British counterparts.

“I’ve been on the main stage, but I need to headline the whole ting,” he said.

“I’ve got 15 years of bangers. I’m confident I would tear it up.”

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However, he was careful not to be critical of Glastonbury, where he has delivered crowd-pleasing sets for more than a decade.

“It’s the biggest festival you could do,” he said. “It’s a privilege.”

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The star last visited Glastonbury as a guest of Metallica in 2014

Film star Bradley Cooper made a surprise appearance on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage, as he shot a scene for his new film.

The Hangover star is currently directing and starring in a remake of A Star Is Born, the Judy Garland-starring musical about an up-and-coming singer.

He appeared at Glastonbury ahead of Kris Kristofferson’s set, holding a guitar and followed by cameras.

Cooper and his co-star Lady Gaga shot similar scenes at Coachella in April.

Before leaving the stage, Cooper thanked the audience: “You guys were awesome, that was great – it’s my sheer pleasure to introduce Kris Kristofferson.”

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The festival opened on Friday morning with a minute’s silence, to honour those affected by the recent tragedies in London and Manchester.

The moment of reflection was led by New Order’s Peter Hook, whose daughter attended the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester last month, where 22 people died.

“Can we please use this as a chance to send our hopes and our prayers for love, life and freedom,” he said. “[They're] the things we’re all here to celebrate.

“We send our sympathies to everyone affected by the events in London and Manchester, and everyone affected in Grenfell tower. God bless you all.”

As the silence ended, Happy Mondays singer Rowetta, appearing alongside Hook in a Manchester T-shirt announced: “You got the love”.

They then joined Hacienda Classical – a collaboration between Manchester DJs Graeme Park and Mike Pickering and the Manchester Camerata orchestra – playing souped-up versions of dance classics.

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The Pretenders opened The Other Stage, drawing a huge crowd to hear hits including Brass In Pocket, I’ll Stand By You and Back on The Chain Gang.

Chrissie Hynde, wearing a Motorhead t-shirt, dedicated the song Hymn To Her to organisers Michael and Emily Eavis, and paid tribute to the late Clash frontman Joe Strummer.

“If he’s still anywhere near this planet, he’s here today,” she said, as novelist John Niven watched from the side of the stage.

He had a recent Twitter spat with JK Rowling over the language he used to describe Prime Minister Theresa May.

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Dua Lipa said she danced on stage “like I’d never danced before”

In the afternoon, pop star Dua Lipa drew one of the biggest crowds so far to the John Peel stage.

Thousands of people packed out the tent, with the audience stretching beyond the perimeter, as she played hits including Hotter Than Hell, Be The One and Blow Your Mind (Mwah).

Speaking to the BBC as she came off stage, the 20-year-old was clearly overwhelmed.

“It’s been my favourite, favourite performance on stage I’ve ever done,” she beamed. “I’ve never seen so many people.

“It was just the most magical day in my life. Maybe even the best day of my life, apart from the day my brother and sister were born.”

However, Dua threw herself into the performance so heavily she caused herself an injury.

“I’ve mashed my tailbone,” she said. “It was already bruised, then I went on stage and danced like I’d never danced before. Now I can barely walk.”

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Organisers Michael Eavis posed for selfies with fans, and sang Elvis in a karaoke bar, on Thursday

Later on Friday, Radiohead top the bill, exactly 20 years after their first headline appearance.

Guitarist Ed O’Brien said they would “leave their ego at the gate” and embrace the spirit of the festival.

Footballer David Beckham is also due to visit Worthy Farm on Friday, after organiser Michael Eavis invited him to open a local social housing project.

Although Friday marks the start of festivities, revellers have been arriving since gates opened on Wednesday.

Those in the know were treated to “secret” sets by indie band Circa Waves and alt-pop experimentalists Everything Everything on Thursday night at the small Williams’ Green stage.

For Everything Everything, the short, 40-minute performance gave them the opportunity to revisit the scene of “the best gig we’ve ever had in our lives”.

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Two years ago, the band played the stage in the same week they released third album, Get To Heaven, “and in the time that elapsed, the listeners had learnt all the words and were singing them back”, singer John Higgs told BBC News.

“It was a really amazing, moving moment for us all.”

Thursday’s show was almost a re-run of that show, as fans joined in with the band’s new single, Can’t Do.

Although their set was not part of the official line-up, several thousand fans got wind of the show, and the audience spilled out of the tent into the surrounding fields.

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The festival kicked off after two days of build-up

“I keep getting texts from people I haven’t seen for years saying, ‘Oh, you’re playing tonight, aren’t you?’” joked drummer Michael Spearman.

“You can’t really keep anything secret, not in this day and age,” added Higgs.

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Rita Ora, Kelly Jones and Stormzy all appear on the track

A single to raise money for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire has topped this week’s chart – despite only being released on Wednesday morning.

More than 50 stars including Stormzy, Rita Ora and Liam Payne recorded Bridge Over Troubled Water to support victims’ families and survivors.

The track sold 170,000 copies in less than 48 hours – the vast majority of which were download sales.

The cover of the Simon and Garfunkel classic was organised by Simon Cowell.

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Dua Lipa said she was “honoured” to take part in the project

Dua Lipa – who appears on the track – told the BBC: “It’s such a special song. I feel really honoured and grateful to have been a part of it.

“To see so many artists come together for such a great cause, and to see the community come together, it’s really sad and upsetting but to know that together we can help the families that have lost loved ones, it’s very important.”

The song had the biggest first day sales of any single released this decade, shifting 120,000 copies, according to the Official Charts Company.

Bridge Over Troubled Water also features vocals from Emeli Sande, Robbie Williams, Kelly Jones and Paloma Faith.

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The song knocked Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber’s Despacito from number one after six weeks at the top of the chart.

This week’s highest new entry was Wild Thoughts, performed by DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller – making it Rihanna’s 30th single to reach the top 10 in the UK.

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Lorde’s second album entered the chart at number five

Over on the album chart, Royal Blood went straight in at number one with their second album How Did We Get So Dark?

The group told the BBC: “To have a career and make another record that has taken us to this kind of level is not only something we didn’t expect, but something we didn’t even contemplate… it’s incredibly exciting.”

Nickelback’s ninth studio album Feed The Machine entered at number three – marking the band’s first top 10 album in 10 years.

Lorde’s Melodrama entered at number five.


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Thom Yorke thanked the Eavis family “for having us at your lovely farm today”

Absorbing, challenging and achingly beautiful – Radiohead delivered a typically Radiohead sort of set for Glastonbury’s opening night.

The Oxford quintet emerged, bathed in white light, to the haunting piano refrain of Daydreaming, from last year’s A Moon Shaped Pool album.

Two hours and 25 songs later, they closed with Karma Police, singing: “For a minute there, I lost myself.”

It felt like a perfect metaphor for the band’s power to transport an audience.

The performance came on the 20th anniversary of Radiohead’s first headline set at Glastonbury.

That show, which took place just weeks after they released OK Computer, has often been called the festival’s best ever.

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However, frontman Thom Yorke recently told BBC 6 Music he had been on the verge of walking off the stage, after the band’s monitors exploded, meaning they could not hear each other.

“I just went over to Ed [O'Brien, guitarist] and said, ‘I’m off mate, see you later,’” he recalled.

“He turned around and went, ‘If you do, you’ll probably live the rest of your life regretting it.’ I went, ‘Good point.’”

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There were no such problems on Friday night, as the band embarked on a career-spanning set that held their experimental and anthemic qualities in perfect balance.

Airbag was thrilling, Pyramid Song devastating, and Everything In It’s Right Place a pulsing, twisted Radiohead version of a club classic.

They even pulled out the much-maligned Creep – the angsty, teenage anthem that gave them early success, but became a millstone around their necks as they matured into a fearlessly experimental art-rock outfit.

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Things got political – briefly – during No Surprises, where the lyric “bring down the government, they don’t speak for us,” elicited a huge cheer from the festival’s left-leaning audience.

As the song ended, Yorke commented: “See you later, Theresa. Just shut the door on your way out.”

That aside, the frontman rarely spoke during the set, except to thank Glastonbury organisers Michael and Emily Eavis “for having us at your lovely farm today”.

“Thank you very much for coming to this field to listen to us this evening,” he added during the encore.

“Probably we’ll see you in some other fields over the weekend.”

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Radiohead were preceded on the Pyramid Stage by indie-dance band The xx, whose spiralling, hypnotic songs soundtracked dusk on Worthy Farm.

Immediately before them, rock group Royal Blood celebrated with champagne on stage as their second album, How Did We Get So Dark, entered the charts at number one.

Speaking to the BBC, singer Mike Kerr said the band were bowled over by the two events converging.

“We definitely have a sense that this is a one-off thing. It’s something I’ll look back on as a very special time.”

Elsewhere on Friday, there were sets from Sleaford Mods, Clean Bandit, Dizzee Rascal, The Lemon Twigs and Flaming Lips.

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Lorde’s stage show was one of the day’s most elaborate

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Lorde performed as her second album, Melodrama, entered the charts at number five

On The Other Stage, pop star Lorde began her set “trapped” inside a clear plastic box that tilted back-and-forth above her band.

Once she emerged onto the stage, she dedicated a recently-released song, The Louvre, to anyone in the audience who was harbouring a secret crush.

“Shut your eyes and listen to the song, and just will it to happen,” she said. “Maybe they will kiss you tonight. Who knows?”

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The star last visited Glastonbury as a guest of Metallica in 2014

Actor Bradley Cooper appeared on the Pyramid Stage to film a scene for his new movie, a remake of the musical A Star Is Born.

He then introduced Kris Kristofferson, who was watched from the side of the stage by fellow Hollywood star Brad Pitt.

Johnny Depp also joined the singer-songwriter, who was 81 yesterday, playing guitar on one of the songs.

Depp caused controversy on Thursday, as he joked about assassinating Donald Trump during an appearance at Glastonbury. He has since apologised.

Former footballer David Beckham also made his first visit to Glastonbury, to help organiser Michael Eavis launch a new social housing project.

He planted a tree at the development in the nearby village of Pilton, before heading to the event with his 18-year-old son, Brooklyn.

If they stick around until Saturday, they will see acts including Stormzy, Katy Perry, Liam Gallagher and headliners the Foo Fighters.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will also appear on the Pyramid Stage to introduce US rap act Run The Jewels.

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Left-right: Vic Reeves, Debbie McGee and Rachel Stevens

S Club 7′s Rachel Stevens, comedian Vic Reeves and Paul Daniels’ widow Debbie McGee are among the personalities who will feel the heat of the Celebrity Masterchef kitchen in the next series.

In total, 20 familiar figures will attempt to impress judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

Others include TV stars Ulrika Jonsson, Angellica Bell, Julia Somerville and champion swimmer Rebecca Adlington.

They will don the Celebrity MasterChef apron for series 12 in August.

The full list of contenders:

  • Rebecca Adlington – Olympic champion swimmer
  • Abdullah Afzal – Citizen Khan actor and comedian
  • Angellica Bell – TV presenter
  • Reverend Kate Bottley – presenter and Gogglebox priest
  • Patti Boulaye – singer, actress and life skills expert
  • Brian Bovell – Coronation Street and Gimme, Gimme, Gimme actor
  • Tyger Drew-Honey – presenter and Outnumbered actor
  • Lesley Garrett – opera singer
  • Dev Griffin – BBC Radio 1 presenter
  • Barney Harwood – Blue Peter co-host
  • Stephen Hendry – snooker legend
  • Jaymi Hensley – Union J pop star
  • Ulrika Jonsson – TV personality
  • Henri Leconte – former tennis player
  • Debbie McGee – TV personality and radio presenter
  • Aasmah Mir – radio and TV journalist
  • Nick Moran – Lock, Stock and Harry Potter actor
  • Vic Reeves – madcap comedian
  • Julia Somerville – journalist and newsreader
  • Rachel Stevens – S Club 7 singer

They will compete in groups of five in heats, facing tests like the Mystery Box Challenge and the Mass Catering Challenge, before semi-finals and the final.

Previous winners include Alexis Conran, Kimberly Wyatt, Sophie Thompson and Ade Edmondson.

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Goldie referred only to a man named “Rob” during the chat

There are more rumours about the identity of Banksy, after Goldie appeared to reveal who he is in an interview.

The DJ referred to a man called Rob in a chat about the elusive graffiti artist on the Distraction Pieces podcast.

But Goldie didn’t elaborate beyond the first name and there was no follow-up question from presenter Scroobius Pip.

There are two possible figures who have been linked to Banksy in the past, who the DJ could have been referring to.

The first is Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja.

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Robert Del Naja (right) is a member of Massive Attack

His name has come up in connection with the Bristol street artist – a Scottish journalist linked him to being Banksy in an investigation last year.

Other reports have claimed that Banksy is a collective group of artists headed by Del Naja.

Another possible candidate is Robin Gunningham.

A Mail On Sunday report “revealed” him to be the man behind Banksy in 2008.

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A pro-EU artwork by Banksy appeared in Dover recently

The report said Gunningham was from a comfortable, middle-class background and was privately educated at Bristol Cathedral School.


What did Goldie say?

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Goldie was speaking to presenter Scroobius Pip

Goldie told Scroobius Pip: “For something like graffiti, which has inspired the world with font or anything to do with anyone wearing a baseball cap and sneakers, at its centre it is still misunderstood.

“But give me a bubble letter and put it on a T-shirt and write Banksy on it and we’re sorted… We can sell it now.

“No disrespect to Rob, I think he is a brilliant artist. I think he has flipped the world of art over.”


There have also been reports that Banksy’s real name is Robin Banks – but this may have been one of Gunningham’s street nicknames.

We may never know for sure, but Goldie’s slip of the tongue will likely reignite the rumour mill.


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