The unnamed man, in his 20s, was airlifted from the Worthy Farm grounds in Somerset, England on Monday (20Jun16) after catching on fire and he later passed away from his injuries at a hospital in Birmingham, England.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset police said, “We were called by the fire service after reports of a man on fire at the Glastonbury Festival site at about 5.20pm last night... The man suffered serious burns and was taken by air ambulance to Southmead hospital in Bristol. He was transferred to the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham, where he sadly later died.”

According to reports, the fire is thought to have involved a petrol spillage, and emergency services had difficulty reaching the man due to levels of mud and flooding on the site caused by heavy rain in recent days.

The death is being treated as unexplained but is not believed to be suspicious, the spokesman added.

The incident comes just a day before gates to the grounds open on Wednesday (22Jun16) ahead of the official start on Friday (24Jun16). Adele, Coldplay and Muse are headlining the three-day event.