You’ve only got a few weeks of festival season left and surely there’s got to be one weekend where it doesn’t feel like the British weather is constantly giving you the finger. You’d like to think so, but, if you’re going to V Festival in either Chelmsford or Staffordshire this weekend (August 20-21), don’t expect to strike it lucky on that front this time. Dig out your wellies and your raincoats, the Met Office is predicting you might get a bit wet…
Hylands Park, Chelmsford
It’s a damp start to the party in Essex with light showers from 9am (perfect for arriving on site or trudging from your tent to the shower in) through to 3pm. That means you’re likely to get wet while you’re dancing to DNCE‘s ‘Cake By The Ocean’, but if there was ever a song to make you feel like you’re soaking up the vitamin D on the beach, it’s that one.
The rain looks like it’s gonna stop between 3pm and 4pm, meaning you’ve got just enough time to shake yourself dry during Halsey and the man who inspired everyone’s favourite internet prank, Rick Astley.
The showers are predicted to return from 6pm to 9pm, but after that you should be clear for the rest of the night. Of course you should probably still expect to get soaked – Justin Bieber has ordered 800 gallons of water to be released during his set. The little scamp.
Hurrah! Sunday looks like a much dryer day. On the downside, it’s going to feel pretty cold with the Met Office predicting the temperature will feel like 13 degrees for most of the morning.
Unfortunately, the only showers of the day are due between 12-3pm. We would suggest just hanging out in your tent for a bit longer (it is Sunday after all), but then you’d miss Lethal Bizzle and All Saints so suck it up and remind yourself this is nothing compared to Glastonbury instead.
Weston Park, Staffordshire
Things are gonna get off to a great start in Staffordshire, only to go swiftly downhill. Northerners, you’ve got until 1pm before the heavens open. Make the most of being dry during Bebe Rexha because you’ll miss that feeling as soon as she’s off stage.
From then on in, you’ll be glad you packed your waterproofs (or scrabbling around for bin bags to turn into makeshift ponchos). The Met Office predict heavy showers until 7pm, when they’ll get lighter. At least you can find shelter in the comedy tent with the likes of Josh Widdecombe, Katherine Ryan, Tom Deacon and Bill Bailey when it all gets a bit much.
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The rain should stop completely by around 10pm, which is halfway through Rihanna’s headline set. Let’s hope she’s bringing enough umbrellas for all of us.
Sunday should be a lot nicer, if a little chilly. There’s light showers predicted through the night and early hours of the morning so things might be a bit soggy when you wake up (whatever you do don’t leave your shoes outside your tent).