GLASTONBURY festivalgoers have been told “not to set off” by organisers of the event, with queues of up to 12 hours due to rain and ground conditions slowing down access to the site, and widespread traffic chaos on all main access routes to the site.
More than 100,000 revellers are expected to descend on Worthy Farm in Somerset as this year’s festival gets underway, but the site is already a mudbath following a flash flood on Friday June 17, although conditions are expected to improve as the weekend approaches.
“If you are coming to the festival by car or campervan and have yet to begin your journey, please do not set off,” an earlier statement from Glastonbury read. “If you have set off and have yet to reach the site, please stop somewhere safe and warm.”
Festival boss Michael Eavis has apologised for the bedlam, saying he was “sorry for the delay” but the problem was because “people were coming before the gates were open.”
“We did ask people to postpone their trip by about six or seven hours but instead of that – funnily enough – more people have come early this time,” he said.
“I don’t mind them coming early but they’re going to have to wait because we don’t have the staff or the car parks until 8 o’clock in the morning.”
Muse, Adele and Coldplay are the big headliners this year, with other performers including Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Earth Wind & Fire, Ronnie Spector, Art Garfunkel, Madness, Squeeze and New Order.