Weather Watch: BoomTown Fair and Bloodstock 2014

Weather forecast for Boomtown, Bloodstock and Beacons Festival

Weather Watch: BoomTown Fair and Bloodstock 2014

Photographer: Virtual FestivalsAli Ryland on 06 August 2014

BoomTown Fair 2014

BoomTown Fair takes place at the Matterley Bowl Estate in Winchester, from 7-10 August, as the musical extravaganza begins this Thursday. And a fine day greets the sold out festival's grand opening, as highs of 23°C and sun tempered by cloud is on the menu. While a dry night is to had, this great weather typically doesn't continue through Friday as cloud cover promises rain from 1pm – 10pm, with the possibility of sun for those who haven't dipped inside one of the more rain-covered city districts. The chillier days of around 16 - 19°C continue on to Saturday as, although sun is forecast for the morning and early afternoon, rain is expected between 4pm – 7pm. It seems only early risers at Boomtown will get to experience the best weather at the festival's sixth edition, as rain is expected from 10am Sunday all through the day and into the night. Wellies a must, this time.

Bloodstock Open Air 2014

Bloodstock sees similar weather to BoomTown, save for a few degrees below BoomTown's estimated temperature; it is up north after all! Taking pace at Catton Park, Derbyshire, from 8-10 August, Bloodstock will see heavy metalheads descend upon the site Thursday to lovely sunny weather. A shame it can't last, as on Friday from late afternoon a LOT of rain is due to hit. Thank god (ed: beelzebub?) for leather, Triptykon, Hatebreed and headliner Down - that should take your mind off the downpour.

While Saturday will see some sun in the morning, the rain starts again when Decapitated take the stage at 1pm, but hopefully clearing before bill-topping black metallers Emperor. While party-people can beer the night away without getting wet, those still up at 7am Sunday will catch the rain starting, which is forecast to go on throughout the afternoon and well into the night. Megadeth crowds will not be immune from the downpour, which will likely cause many to leave early; is Dave Mustaine worth the rain? Or will this day, you fight?

Beacons Festival 2014

Surprisingly, Yorkshire's Beacons Festival receives some of the best festival weather this weekend; at least on Thursday and Friday. Beacons Festival, taking place from 8-10 August at Heslaker Farm, Skipton, will enjoy sunny skies for the first two days; while Friday may threaten rain in the late afternoon and again in the late evening, it will stay relatively dry. Lucky, considering the corny jokes British Sea Power could crack about the miserable weather. Unfortunately, past 1am it doesn't stay clear as the rain returns. A brief respite Saturday morning sees it start again heavier than ever from 1pm, stopping short of the headline shows that evening. At least this means that the way is cleared for the eclectic sounds of Jon Hopkins, Jackmaster and the like. While revellers can enjoy a dry night, Sunday will see a constant downpour from approximately 10am – 7pm. At least headliner Darkside will then er, cheer things up, eh?

Check out our preview for BoomTown Fair 2014 here.

Click here for our Bloodstock Open Air 2014 preview.


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