Glastonbury Festival organisers have urged festivalgoers not to attempt to travel to the festival this morning, as bad weather has caused chaos on the roads.
Adverse weather conditions mean roads near the Worthy Farm site have become churned up, adding problems to the already large numbers of vehicles heading to the festival.
Fans attempting to travel to the site have reported that it is taking six hours to travel two miles as the #glastonburytraffic hashtag went viral.
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Although fans are keen to arrive as soon as possible when gates open at 8am today (June 22), Glastonbury Festival issued a statement at 6:30am urging people to delay setting off to the event if possible.
Their statement read: “The current wet weather and ground conditions are causing heavy traffic congestion around the site. If you’re coming to the festival by car or campervan/caravan and have yet to begin your journey, please do not set off.
“If you’ve set off and have yet to reach the site, please stop somewhere safe and warm. If you’re queueing to get into the site, please bear with us and follow instructions from signage and traffic managers.”
Festivalgoers coming by train or coach have been told to travel as normal, but have been warned the journey is likely to take longer than usual.”
Glastonbury’s statement has confirmed gates will open as usual at 8am, but emphasised that the main festival entertainment doesn’t start until Friday. However, Glastonbury has a tradition for fans arriving early in order to get a good camping spot and to “soak up as much of the festival atmosphere as possible”.
For fans who do manage to arrive on time, organiser Emily Eavis said yesterday that there will be a tribute to murdered Labour MP Jo Cox at 4pm at the Park Stage today, in honour of the politician who was killed outsider her Batley constituency office in West Yorkshire last week.
I got from Vegas to UK yesterday quicker than I got from Essex to Glastonbury today. #glastonburytraffic
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