Camp Bestival has been cancelled during its final day due to severe weather conditions.
The family orientated festival in Dorset opened its gates on Thursday (July 26) and was due to run until this evening (July 29). Sets from Simple Minds, Shed Seven, Orbital and The Undertones were scheduled to take place at the Lulworth Castle site today.
However, this afternoon saw organisers release a statement to announce that the site was being closed as a safety precaution. The decision came after flood warnings were issued across England and Wales as the scorching heatwave came to an end.
The update reads: “Dear Camp Bestival, we are utterly devastated and heartbroken to say that we have been advised by our safety teams that we can not re-open arenas again today due to the severe weather and the forecasting of continual high winds and rain today.
“We have had the best 3 days in Camp Bestival’s history, it’s been our greatest ever show with all our favourite performers, shows, stages and artists which we have thoroughly enjoyed sharing with you all.
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— Camp Bestival (@CampBestival) July 29, 2018
The post continues: “You are by far the best festival audience and we love you dearly. This has been such a tough decision, but the safety of all you guys, the families, kids, and our working staff has to be of paramount importance.
“The campsites will remain open tonight if you want to continue with your Camp Bestival stay regardless of the conditions. Thank you so much for coming and please get home safely.”
Those in attendance shared footage of the extreme wind and rain hitting the site.
— ⚫️ Mel Brolly 🌹 (@melmel2801) July 29, 2018
— C Willows (@Cryptopherw76) July 29, 2018
— Alison Richards (@richards_alison) July 29, 2018
— Carla Creighton (@Carlacreighton) July 29, 2018
— Julie W⌚tch (@Watchisthename) July 29, 2018
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Bestival is due to take place at Lulworth Castle next weekend (August 2-5) and will be headlined by London Grammar. Earlier this week, day tickets for the event appeared online in a two for the price of one deal.