Creamfields UK shut down early from flooding

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The UK’s reputation for inclement festival conditions has stepped up a notch, after the final day of Creamfields in the English countryside was rained out. The Sunday festivities were set to be headlined by Deadmau5, Tiesto, Sub Focus, Axwell and Calvin Harris, but after hours of uncertain waiting, organisers have now advised festival-goers that entrances are closed and people on the site should begin leaving.

“Following heavy rainfall over the last 24 hours, significant and heavy flooding is affecting the Creamfields arena near Warrington,” the festival’s update read. “No serious casualties have been reported and Cheshire Police and partner agencies are supporting event organisers in ensuring the safety and welfare of festival-goers during this time. All customers wishing to come to the festival today are advised that the event entrances are now closed.”

Punters’ photos from the site show some very un-festive scenes: tents submerged in muddy water, empty fields and rain lashing punters heading for the exits. This weekend is traditionally a send-off to summer on the UK circuit, with South West Four also happening in London. As ever, though, the weather’s the wildcard. The two-day festival got started with a Saturday line-up headed by David Guetta, Avicii, Sebastian Ingrosso, Above & Beyond and Eric Prydz.