Drenched fans leaving Download Festival as torrential rain turns event into mudbath

Credit: Nottingham Post / BPM Media

Fans are leaving this weekend's Download Festival before the music has even begun after torrential rain turned the site into a mudbath.

Rock fans' tents and belongings were destroyed by downpours at the Donington Park campsite in Castle Donington, Leicestershire, over the last two days.

The venue opened yesterday (12 June) and thousands of people pitched their tents during huge deluges.

Now some revellers have admitted to cutting their losses and departed before the live acts even start tomorrow (14 June).

One music fan said she spent £600 on the trip but had to head back home. She said:

Many fans have decided to leave the festival before it's even started. Credit: Nottingham Post/ BPM Media

Another woman said she left the heavy metal festival due to be headlined by Def Leppard, Slipknot, and Tool - because of the mud.

Samantha Gibben said:

Others said they were planning to stay in a hotel instead of camping.

Good Samaritans have offered accommodation, spare clothes and washing facilities to those in need.

The Met Office have now dropped the yellow weather warning for rain in the East Midlands but forecasters have predicted that showers will continue to fall throughout the day.