The great Glasto clean-up begins

Tom Meighan of Kasabian performing on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival

Tom Meighan (right) and Sergio Pizzorno of Kasabian performing at Glastonbury

Ellie Goulding performing on the final day of the Glastonbury Festival

Recycling bins at the Glastonbury Festival, as the big clean-up begins

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For the past five days it has been home to some 175,000 people, but today the clean-up operation of Glastonbury Festival 2014 begins.

Highlights of the musical extravaganza have included Dolly Parton, Metallica and Arcade Fire, while Kasabian made sure the festival went out with a bang last night as they headlined the Pyramid Stage.

With the party officially over, campers have until 6pm to leave the site of the festival at Worthy Farm, Somerset, while crew and stall holders are given a week to clear their property.

Organisers said the priority for today is to get ticket-holders off site before the clean-up can begin in earnest tomorrow.

A litter picking crew of up to 800 will begin to clear the huge site of rubbish, while volunteers began sifting through recycling yesterday.

Tractors carrying magnetic strips will travel across the 1,200-acre site to pick up tent pegs while workers will carry out a fingertip search to make sure no inch of the land goes unchecked.

The mission to convert the land back into a functioning dairy could take up to six weeks.

Yesterday organiser Michael Eavis said the 44th Glastonbury Festival had been a "great success again, in spite of the mud" and he already has next year's headliners sorted.

The farmer, who put on the first festival at his farm in 1970, was sworn to secrecy about who the acts were, but said one band was not British and Prince was not among them.

Asked about Metallica's controversial top spot on the Pyramid Stage on Saturday, he said the heavy metallers had played "like their lives depended on it".

Asked about the future of the festival, the 78-year-old, who organises the mammoth event with his daughter Emily, said: "We've got a few more years.

"Myself, I think I can run another six years, which would take me up to about 50 years.. and then see what happens after that."

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