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Download Festival fans WALK OUT before it starts as rain turns site into mudbath
Campers wrestled in the mud as revellers abandoned the Download Festival, while festivalgoers also face misery on the Isle of Wight
ByKelly-Ann MillsChristopher HarperHayley Watson
13:59, 14 JUN 2019UPDATED15:55, 14 JUN 2019
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Music fans abandoned their tents and walked out of a festival due to heavy rain and mud - as heavy rain looks set to cause misery at two events.
The Download Festival campsite at Donington Park Circuit was turned into a soggy and muddy mess, with campers wrestling in the muck at one point as tents and belongings were wrecked by the weather.
And revellers heading for the Isle of Wight Festival also face similar misery - after what appeared to be a tornado struck.
After paying hundreds to see headliners Def Leppard, Tool and Slipknot, some revellers decided to pack it in before even watching a single act because the conditions were so bad, Derbyshire Live reports.
Despite the ongoing rain they're banned from taking umbrellas into the arena due to a 'health and safety' rule.
With amber and yellow severe weather warnings issued across the UK this week, fans have taken to social media to call the festival "Drownload" amid the June washout.
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Music fans arrive at Download Festival during a downpour (Image: Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)
Music fans arriving at the Isle of Wight Festival today (Image: Dan Reid/REX)
UK weather forecast: Scorching heatwave to return but only after weekend washout
Homes and roads across the UK have been left flooded as 'treacherous' conditions hit and now festival-goers in the East Midlands have been forced to abandon their plans.
The campsite opened at the Download festival in Donington Park in Leicestershire with thousands moving onto the site despite the rain.
But with tents and belongings wrecked by the weather, many have decided to call it a day.
Revellers arrived to find the campsite a mess after heavy rain (Image: Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)
Music fans in the Isle of Wight are not letting heavy rain deter them (Image: Mark Holloway/Redferns)
One festival-goer said she spent £600 on the trip but had to head back home.
She Derbyshire Live: “So we travelled home last night. Got in at 4am. Gutted is an understatement for how I feel about leaving.
“We couldn’t have afforded a hotel, we couldn’t afford to drive home and then back up today.
Fans have spent hundreds of pounds on tickets (Image: Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)
“We made the very difficult decision to leave. And to all those who have made the same decision, I’m so sorry you felt the same way.
“We wanted to save ourselves, our clothes, our belongings before they got drenched and ruined.
“We only had a single skin tent (our fault completely) which honestly didn’t help but I’ve seen that even double skin tents have been having issues."
The site has been hit by heavy rain for days (Image: Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)
Another said: "We had a perfectly watertight tent. Nothing was leaking. But left because of the mud. It's that bad less than a day in.
"I'll never survive. My hips were dislocating from slipping on the mud as we walked in even with wellies. I can't handle it".
Festivalgoer Louise Booth booked a hotel six miles from the site.
Heavy rain will continue on Friday afternoon and evening in parts of the UK, and further outbreaks are expected on Saturday and Sunday.
But there is finally good news in the forecast - temperatures will rise into the mid 20s amid dry weather next week.
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