News: Festival-goers forced to call it quits in Download deluge before first guitar riff has even been played

News: Festival-goers forced to call it quits in Download deluge before first guitar riff has even been played

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Festival-goers are already packing up and leaving this weekend’s Download Festival before the first guitar riff has been played because of the bad weather.

The event campsite opened on Wednesday with the Leicestershire site already soaked by torrential downpours.

Revellers have so far had tents and belongings wrecked by the almost non-stop deluge.

One festival-goer said she spent £600 on the trip but had to head back home. She said: “So we travelled home last night. Got in at 4am. Gutted is an understatement for how I feel about leaving.

Fans pictured at Download Festival 2018
(Image: Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)

“We couldn’t have afforded a hotel, we couldn’t afford to drive home and then back up today.

“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.”

Rob Zombie will headline the Zippo Encore Stage on Friday
(Image: PA)

Another said she left because of the mud. She 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”.

Others say they are planning to stay in a hotel instead of camping, DerbyshireLive reports.

A reveller said that she “booked a hotel just six miles from the festival”.

Good Samaritans have reached out to offer accommodation, spare clothes and washing facilities to those in need.

Halestorm will headline the second stage on Saturday
(Image: Birmingham Mail)

One said: “If weather gets too bad for some people, I can offer some accommodation in Loughborough – which will be cheaper also then a hotel.

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“I have a sofa available, and plenty of room for sleeping bags. Hot showers are also available for usage too.

“Down the road is also a Tesco, One Stop, Bargain Booze and McDonalds and up the road is an Aldi, Subway, Greggs and Costa”.

A nearby resident added: “I hate to see people really struggling in this weather. If you are in a really bad place and you are needing a hot shower and need a tumble dryer, give me a shout”.



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