Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Festival fans brave wet weather

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day
Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day

Overnight torrential rain which threatened turn a festival site into a mud bath failed to prevent music-lovers getting their fill of bands.

The heavens opened around 11pm on Friday night at Leeds Festival in Bramham Park, just as main stage headliners Biffy Clyro were releasing their end of set fireworks. And it did not let up through the night and early hours.

Tents were left soggy, and their occupants soggier, but festival staff managed to keep the arena passable by covering the ground in woodchips. And as the West Yorkshire site opened to welly-wearing revellers on Saturday morning the mud created by the rain was at least manageable.

The weather forecast for the rest of the day suggested the rain would hang around - but it did not seem to have soured the mood among revellers.

Charlotte Price and Tom Hinchcliffe, both 18 and from Bramham, said they were excited about seeing tonight's headliner's Green Day and would not be put off by the weather and muddy conditions.

Charlotte said: "I don't think it'll put anyone off. If you spend 200 quid you want to be here."

Asked why he thought Green Day had such staying power, Tom said: "Because they're the best band in the world. And they keep bringing new material out."

Chris Hutton, 25, and Aaron Hall, 23, both from Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, said they were looking forward to seeing Kodaline and Zane Lowe, who was due to be DJing on the Relentless stage in the campsite later on.

Chris said the wet weather and mud did not worry him. "We'll be all right," he said. "It ruined our plans last night though."

Joshua Ball and Sophie Liddle, both 19 and from Leeds, said they would be making their way to the front for Green Day's set later. Joshua said: "They appeal to everyone. Their music appeals to everybody. It's easy to get along to, it's fantastic. I love American Idiot and all the old stuff."

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