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

Torrential rain has turned the Download festival's campsite site into a mud-bath. 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:

We travelled home last night, got in at 4am... gutted is an understatement for how I feel about leaving.

We couldn’t have afforded a hotel, we couldn’t afford to drive home and then back up today.

We made the very difficult decision to leave. And to all those who have made the same decision, I’m so sorry you felt the same way.

We wanted to save ourselves, our clothes, our belongings before they got drenched and ruined.

– Music fan
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:

We had a perfectly watertight tent. Nothing was leaking. But left because of the mud. It's that bad less than a day in.

I'll never survive. My hips were dislocating from slipping on the mud as we walked in even with wellies. I can't handle it.

– Samantha Gibben

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.