Leeds and Reading festival mud

Festival goers have been enduring tough conditions at Reading and Leeds festival as the torrential rain has caused a lot of mud at both sites. Revellers have enjoyed performances from Green Day, Eminem and System of Down.

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Festival hails gritty crowds in face of biblical weather

The Main Stage at the Reading Festival faced a downpour on Saturday, a day after the Leeds site was deluged. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Reading and Leeds music festival "has been going down phenomenally well" despite torrential rain turning the sites into mudbaths, the event organiser has said.

Melvin Benn hailed the Leeds crowds in particular for showing northern grit in the face of the dire weather at the West Yorkshire site.

"There's no doubt it was biblical really on Friday and it was there to test whether the crowd was truly Northern or not," he said.

"They demonstrated that they were and they put two fingers up to the weather and said 'you're not going to beat us', they stayed the course."

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Festival goers report 'barbaric conditions' at Leeds

Festival goers have been reporting alarming conditions at Reading and Leeds music festivals. Writing on the official Leeds Festival page, several ticket holders complained that the facilities were not coping with the weather.

The event organisers make enough money to provide some decent sanitation as well. The toilet situation is barbaric, heck just a roof would help. Just saying.

– Jason Parker

Some woodchip to soak up the mud would have been a huge help...conditions were pretty treacherous especially in the dark and then the car got stuck in the mud too so bit of a problem getting out, saying that the stewards were a fantastic help. All made worth by an incredible set by Green Day. Have fun if you're going today.

– Caroline Mitchell

Left Leeds last night after I was told by medical and welfare staff that there was nothing they could do to help me, despite being on crutches, because of the weather.

– Vicky Parsons

Music lovers endure mud and rain at Reading and Leeds

Festival goers watch Earlwolf on the main stage at Reading, yesterday evening. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Overnight torrential rain on Friday, and continued showers last night have turned the sites at Reading and Leeds music festivals into mud baths.

Music fans at Leeds enjoyed sets from Biffy Clyro, and Greenday, whilst Eminem played at Reading. Tonight the headliners will switch.

Revellers had creative headgear to protect themselves from getting drenched. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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