There are three things you can count on at England’s Glastonbury Festival: incredible music, rain and mud. Tons of rain, tons of mud. So much, in fact, that for a few hours on Wednesday morning (June 22) organizers encouraged festivalgoers to stay home because poor weather had caused massive traffic back-ups and delays entering the grounds.
On the first day fans could arrive on site, organizers said early birds should brace for long waits. “The current wet weather and ground conditions are still causing heavy traffic congestion around the Glastonbury Festival site,” they tweeted, advising those who had not yet hit the road to stay where they are for the time being or to take their time leaving for the fest, which officially kicks off on Friday.
— Glastonbury Festival (@GlastoFest) June 22, 2016
Avon & Somerset Police also provided some directions for festival-goers on their way, warning them to stay off the main roads leading in and not to get out of their cars to walk the rest of the way due to dangerous conditions.
By early afternoon, however, the skies appear to have cleared and the thumbs up was given for anyone and everyone to descend on the site that will host headliners Muse, Adele and Coldplay, as well as Beck, Tame Impala, Foals, New Order, LCD Soundsystem, M83 and Grimes.
22 JUN: Long traffic queues and rain have marked the opening of the Glastonbury Festival as fans trudge through the mud at the gates. Some people got stuck in overnight queues on the way to Worthy Farm with some taking up to seven hours to get to the site. Festival founder Michael Eavis said: “We did ask people to come in later.” More than 100,000 people are due to descend on Worthy Farm for the event, which has already turned into a mud bath. See more pictures: bbc.in/Glasto_mud PHOTO: Ben Birchall/PA via AP #BBCSnapshot #photography #Glastonbury #festival #music #mud #weather #WorthyFarm #Somerset #Eavis
“We’re pleased to report that the Festival is fully open for business,” they tweeted at 1:30 p.m. GMT. “Everyone is welcome to travel to the site, where traffic is moving as it usually does for the Festival. Please expect to queue, but we will get you in.”