Weather warning for Reading
24 August 2004
The Little John's Farm site has taken approximately ten times as much
rain as this time last year and organisers are appealing to festival goers to travel by public transport, as
currently much of the car parking is submerged under the River Thames.
Some camping areas are also currently underwater. A spokesman for one of the festival's main sponsors said: "At the moment staff are trying to pump the site dry in time for the weekend."
A spokesman for event promoter Mean Fiddler said: "Due to the recent wet weather, please make sure that you bring plenty warm clothes to this year's Carling Weekend Reading Festival, along with wet weather gear and wellies. If the bad weather continues for the next few days we may need to park cars offsite."
Weather reports are predictably contradictory. The BBC says there will be no entirely dry day now until Saturday, while Weather.co.uk and the Met office agree that there will be pretty much constant rain now until Sunday afternoon.
As for the Leeds leg of the Carling Weekender, the forecast
looks promising, though most predict a wet day sometime during the three-day festival.
Both sold-out events take place this weekend, 27-29 August, headlined by The White Stripes, The Darkness and Green Day.