With relentless rain all night, the ITV Anglia team travelled towards Henham Park this morning anticipating the worst-case scenario. But apart from the odd shower during the morning, the rain held off and the car parks remained in remarkably good condition.
The site lies on sandy ground which means water can drain away quite effectively. Although wellies were most definitely the must-have accessory for the weekend, there were only a couple of very muddy patches to negotiate. Founder Melvin Benn told Anglia News the key was in the planning. He’d made sure there was plenty of wood chip to cover the muddy paths.
Melvin Benn said he believed this year the festival had come of age. His personal highlight will be the Chinese pianist Lang Lang on Sunday – one of many more classical musicians performing this year. Other musical highlights include Bon Iver, Elbow, Laura Marling, Richard Hawley, Paul Weller and Rufus Wainwright.
But if comedy is more to your taste there are performances from Shappi Khorsandi, Tim Minchin, Russell Kane, and Reginald D Hunter. There are also stages dedicated to poetry, film and literature.
ITV Anglia reporter Kate Prout has been exploring the festival site with cameraman Tony Aldous. She said:
The festival is now in its 7th year and it’s thought to bring up to £15m into the local economy.
– Kate Prout
Despite the weather threatening the crowds on occasions everyone seems to be well up for having a great time and just enjoying the amazing surroundings.