Jeremy Corbyn had a hero's welcome at his first-ever Glastonbury Festival

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Britain's famed Glastonbury music festival has embraced an unlikely headline act: Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

And in an interview with the Glastonbury Free Press, festival founder Michael Eavis said he was "thrilled" with Labour's result at the General Election.

He will introduce United States hip hop duo Run The Jewels at the Pyramid Stage at 4pm before giving a talk at the Left Field tent.

Judging by his Twitter posts, it appeared Corbyn had a great time at Glasto.

"There's a message on that wall for President Donald Trump", Corbyn said, pointing to a distant barrier around the farm.

Their return prompted mixed political reactions from the crowd as some festival-goers held up banners in protest against the group's decision to perform in Tel Aviv.

"But what was even more inspiring was the number of young people who got involved for the very first time because they were fed up with being denigrated, fed up with being told they don't matter (and) fed up with being told they never participate", he said to cheers from the crowd.

Eleri Angharad, a 25-year-old musician sporting a Corbyn T-shirt, said the veteran socialist was authentic.

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She said she wasn't surprised by his support among young people, having seen his popularity rise on social media.

While he praised his fellow Best Of You stars' traditional performance style, the 45-year-old said the band would have to stand up against modern artists using advanced music technology and effects.

But not every young person was won over. "He's targeting the naive of our generation".

Corbyn pulled out of a Glastonbury visit previous year after the country voted to leave the European Union just as the festival started. Corbyn gave a wide-ranging speech on women's rights, Brexit, global warming and London's Grenfell Tower fire tragedy.

He complained: "Why didn't they vote in the referendum?"

He said that the Conservatives had lost and that Labour - which did not secure enough seats to form a working majority with other parties - was "ready to serve".

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