Revellers launched themselves down a mud caked path after hammering rain brought a festival’s comeback to a soggy end.
After many, many months without a festival to enjoy due to the pandemic, ravers at Standon Calling were not going to be deterred by a spot of rain.
Unfortunately, the Hertfordshire site endured an absolute bucketing on Sunday afternoon, when the heavens opened all over the boutique event.
The rain was so bad organisers were forced to abandon the event, asking campers to leave the site as soon as possible yesterday evening due to flooding and lighting risks.
Headliners Craig David, Primal Scream, Jake Bugg and Sophie Ellis-Bextor were forced to cancel their sets, meaning an even longer wait before they’re able to play their first post-lockdown sets to live audiences.
As much as the weather spelled a soggy end to the festival, many on site made the most of it.
In one video, as the drops hammer down and lightning flashes overhead, two people can be seen sliding down a gushing mud river.
Dressed in a thin, pink plastic mac, one of them slides on their front as crowds of drenched onlookers cheer.
The other, wearing only a t-shirt and a pair of shorts, spins on their bottom before clambering back onto mud caked shoes.
Campers were allowed back into the festival site to collect their belongings today.
Primal Scream, who were due to headline the festival’s Main Stage on Sunday, said they could not reach the site in the rain.
They wrote on Instagram : “Really disappointed the festival has been cancelled due to flooding.
“So sorry to everyone who wanted to see us play tonight.
“We couldn’t even get into the campsite as the festival roads were bogged down in mud and gridlocked vehicles.”
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Sophie Ellis-Bextor tweeted: “I’m so sad to miss my show tonight! Feels very weird not to come and party with you all.”
The festival said in a statement: “Unfortunately due to flooding we will no longer be able to proceed with the festival.
“If you can safely leave the site this evening please do so as soon as possible. We are working on getting everyone off site as safely and quickly as possible.”
The Met Office had a yellow warning for storms from Norwich to Plymouth in place until midnight on Sunday.
There was severe flooding throughout Hertfordshire, Essex and London over the weekend, when close to a month’s worth of rain fell.
The train line between Harlow Town and Tottenham Hale was blocked when a tree crashed into overhead electrical wires.
That spelled travel misery for many come Monday, when Stansted Express services were cancelled.
The extreme weather yesterday came at the end of a week in which the UK basked in the hottest day of the year so far – on the same day as large hailstones fell in Thaxted, Essex.
With global temperatures rising due to man-made emissions, such intense weather events are predicted to happen more frequently, with more ferocity.
Today scientists warned that Britain could experience its first 40C day within a decade as the frequency of heatwaves increase.