Glastonbury resumes after electrical storm closes outside main stages

Adverse weather forced performances on all main stages to be halted, putting schedule behind

Glastonbury Festival has now resumed, after an electrical storm caused all outdoor stages to close.

Earlier on this evening, a thunderstorm caused music on a number of the event’s outdoor stages to be halted, including the Pyramid Stage.

A tweet from the festival’s official account confirmed that all stages are now back up and running, and that all performances are now running on schedule.

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However, performances are delayed. Lily Allen’s 18.30 set eventually started at 7pm. An announcer came onstage as fans gathered to watch the singer as the storm cleared to say: “Thank you for being so patient. There was an electrical storm, and because of safety regulations we had to power down the stage. But we are back. And Lily Allen will be on as soon as possible.”

Rudimental’s 16.45 set on the festival’s main stage was cut short as thunder and lightening hit the site. Messages on the side-of-stage said a number of stages were “powering down” due to the burst of rain, hail, lightning and thunder.

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Rudimental tweeted to say: “Thanks for an amazing experience #glasto unfortunately lightning struck the stage and we were forced to finish our set early”.

Over on the Other Stage, Foster The People’s 17.50 set eventually started at 19.00 ¬– one hour and 10 minutes later than planned.

The BBC’s live streaming of the festival went hold as a result.

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