Is The Big Chill Britain's hottest festival?
Statistics from the last five years would suggest so...
Photographer: Bob Rose10 June 2010
The research, carried out by viagogo, Europe’s
largest online ticket marketplace, analysed Met Office data from the last five years to reveal which festivals
could be summer scorchers, and which could be damp squibs.
The study has shown that The Big Chill has regularly ‘melted’ with an average temperature of 23 degrees over the last five years. In fact, the temperature peaked in 2006 with Big Chill goers sizzling in a whopping 28 degrees.
Other UK festivals like Bestival and Isle of Wight have enjoyed temperatures more akin to the expected British summer, averaging a respectable 19 degrees each year.
Those staying in the capital to attend festivals like Wireless and Lovebox may well be in for a sunny time; both London-based events have experienced the next best temperature; a tan topping average of 22 degrees.
And while Jay Z may tell a tale of ‘99 Problems’ when he performs at the Isle of Wight Festival, rain isn’t likely to be one of them. The annual weekend event has had absolutely no rain over the past five years, though Friday’s upcoming weather report does tell a slightly different story.
The Isle of Wight Festival has enjoyed an average of 9.5 glorious hours of daily sunshine during the five year period; more than any other festival studied.
If all this talk of sunglasses and cider (or muddy moshpits) has injected the festival bug, don’t think you’ve missed the boat; a festival is never sold out. Tickets for all major UK and international festivals, rainy or sunny, are still available to buy safely, securely and legally on viagogo.
And for those faint hearted festival-goers not wanting to take a risk on UK rain spoiling their experience, viagogo provides a forum for fans to sell their festival tickets to other fans looking to snap up one of these unbeatable live experiences.
Edward Parkinson, UK Country Director, viagogo commented: “While viagogo can’t guarantee the weather, we can guarantee fans access to tickets to all the best summer festivals, even if they’re sold out at the box office.
“By investigating the weather patterns at festivals over the last five years we’re able to help festival goers get prepared. But regardless of these predications, standard festival kit (including sunglasses and sunscreen, wellies and waterproofs) are vital. And of course, the most important piece of kit any fan will need is a ticket!”