Wednesday 28 June 2017

Glastonbury organisers and police urge festival-goers to stay at home as weather worsens

Glastonbury struggles. Photo: PA
Glastonbury struggles. Photo: PA
Glastonbury fans think up inventive ways to transport their luggage. Photo: PA
What mud? Festival-goers arrive at Worthy Farm. Photo: PA

Sasha Brady

This year's Glastonbury is set to be the muddiest on record and organisers are urging festival-goers to stay away until queues have cleared.

The festival site is already waterlogged but eager fans have been making the journey to Worthy Farm even before the gates opened at 8am on Wednesday.

More than 180,000 festival- goers expected to pour in over the rest of the week.

However, bad weather conditions and heavy traffic have caused chaos on the roads and organisers and local police are pleading with fans to stay at home for now.

Glastonbury fans think up inventive ways to transport their luggage. Photo: PA
Glastonbury fans think up inventive ways to transport their luggage. Photo: PA

"If you are coming to the Festival by car or campervan / caravan and have yet to begin your journey, please do not set off. If you have set off and have yet to reach the site, please stop somewhere safe and warm," a statement read on the official Glastonbury website.

One frustrated festival-goer responded: "Journey is now into 24 hours, worst festival experience after 15 years. Shambolic."

Those who are travelling to the festival by coach or train are asked to set off as planned but be prepared for their journey to take longer than usual.

The statement added: "If you are already on the site, gates will open as planned. But, as always, there is no entertainment today. The festival's entertainment does not begin until Friday."

The Glastonbury Festival website has been replaced with a temporary holding page "due to high traffic".

According to Wiltshire Police, it's not just the large volume of cars causing the congestion. A four-car accident on the A303 westbound which has brought traffic to a standstill.

What mud? Festival-goers arrive at Worthy Farm. Photo: PA
What mud? Festival-goers arrive at Worthy Farm. Photo: PA

"No serious injuries. Road blocked, seek alternate route," they tweeted. 

Some festival-goers are also being towed into the car park because heavy rain has turned the site into a mudbath, with boggy fields and submerged paths.

Fans have been documenting their long journeys on Twitter, with one user claiming that it had taken her 11.5 hours to drive seven minutes.

Another added that they arrived at the entry que at 2am and six hours later, they moved "one whole mile".

Some are seeing the humour and one person tweeted: "Been in traffic for 12 hours, that's longer than any of my relationships."

Who ever let a bit of rain get in the way of a good time?

A rainbow over Tame Impala on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
A rainbow over Tame Impala on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Revellers cheer as Jeff Lynne's ELO perform on The Pyramid stage at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival, Britain, June 26, 2016. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov
Fans in the crowd during Jeff Lynne's ELO on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Oli Alexander of Years and Years performing at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Orla Farmer, 18, from north London at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Philip Lyons, 38, from Gravesend at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Vanessa White is seen backstage at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
A trolley submerged in mud at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Revellers try to walk out of the mud at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival, Britain, June 26, 2016. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov
Revellers walk in the mud at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival, Britain, June 26, 2016. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov
Adele performing live on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Adele performing live on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Adele performing on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Actors entertain the revellers at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival, Britain, June 26, 2016. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov
Alexa Chung is seen backstage at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Sophie Ellis-Bextor is seen backstage at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Daisy Lowe at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Jeff Lynne of Jeff Lynne's ELO performing live on The Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Fiona Wilkins, 33 from Hartepool and Craig Robson, 41 from Hartlepool take part in a traditional handfasting ceremony held by ceremony celebrant Glenda Procter at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Laura Mvula backstage at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Tame Impala performing on The Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Matthew Healy of The 1975 performing live on The Other Stage at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Daisy Lowe is seen backstage at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Revellers cheer before the start of the performance of the British band Madness on The Pyramid stage at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival, Britain, June 25, 2016. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov
Alex Turner of "The Last Shadow Puppets" performs on The Pyramid stage at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival, Britain, June 25, 2016. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov.
Ellie Goulding is seen backstage at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Hugo Taylor and Millie Mackintosh are seen backstage at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Alexa Chung is seen backstage at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Martha Harrison, 28, from Wirral at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Keith March, 58, from Epsom at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Steph Scrutton, 25, Liverpool at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Ellie Rowsell of Wolf Alice performing on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Festivalgoers arrive for the Glastonbury festival at the Worthy Farm site, Somerset. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
The mud hasn't kept the festival-goers away from Glastonbury. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Festivalgoers arrive for the Glastonbury Festival at the Worthy Farm site, Somerset, where heavy rain over a prolonged period has caused isolated flooding and muddy fields. Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Glastonbury footwear fashion. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Clean and dry for now. Festival-goers arrive for the Glastonbury festival at the Worthy Farm site, Somerset. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Festival-goers arrive for the Glastonbury Festival at the Worthy Farm site, Somerset, where heavy rain over a prolonged period has caused isolated flooding and muddy fields. Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Wheels are always a good idea... festival-goers arrive at Worthy Farm for the first day of Glastonbury celebrations. Yui Mok/PA Wire
Paige Kelly, 24, from Liverpool, arrives for the Glastonbury festival at the Worthy Farm site, Somerset. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
A very British summer... festival-goers arrive at Glastonbury. Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
What mud? Festival-goers arrive at Worthy Farm. Photo: PA
Glastonbury fans think up inventive ways to transport their luggage. Photo: PA
Glastonbury struggles. Photo: PA
All smiles despite the rain. Festival-goers arrive for the Glastonbury Festival at the Worthy Farm site, Somerset. Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Toni Gregory (19), from Bristol, at the Glastonbury Festival at the Worthy Farm site, Somerset. Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Hayley Davies, from Swindon, at the Glastonbury festival at the Worthy Farm site, Somerset. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Despite recent rainfall and record-breaking muddy scenes today, the weather forecast for the next few days is generally good.

This year's headline acts are Muse, Adele and Coldplay, who will all take to the famous Pyramid Stage.

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