- By Adam Holden -
- Aug 28, 2012
In a shocking tale of events, Creamfields, the country’s most sought after electronic music festival was forced to cancel the last day of the event.
After succumbing to the forces of nature, the campsite and festival arena became so devastatingly waterlogged, the organisers, in conjunction with Cheshire Police and multiple agencies deemed the site unsafe and cancelled the last day of the festival.
With heavy rain forecast all week long, surely not even the most pessimistic fan would have ever predicted the bank holiday weekend would result in such muddy chaos, as through the late hours of Saturday and through the next morning, biblical storms poured down on the Daresbury grounds.
Deadmau5, Tiesto, Groove Armada, Paul van Dyk, Steve Aoki and many more of the world’s best disc jockeys were all due to perform on the Sunday, which Creamfields organisers cancelled and put notices up across all social network message boards and news publications, to inform those with Sunday day tickets not to travel to the festival.
Ironically the sun shined most of Sunday, but the damage was already done. Rumours spread around the campsite like wildfire that the festival was cancelled, however, many disillusioned campers didn’t believe the hype and were forced to wait until police and security came round to pass the saddening news.
With getting those on site home safely now the priority, new dry walkways were opened and roads were closed to ensure the campers got home safely. Nonetheless, many of the revellers were still angered by the decision.
Some thought the decision was made prematurely, and many argued that last year was just as treacherous, where it rained for nearly the entirety of the festival, though, by leaving the arena at 4:30 am, the site looked more than destroyed, with rivers running through the Size Matters stage. More rumours said that some of the stages had begun to sink, although this was never confirmed.
After hearing the morbid news most of the punters left, but thousands stayed to see out the night, even though more rain was due through the evening.
Creamfields organisers have asked for patience from its festival-goers, as they try and sort out a refund scheme and more detailed analysis of why they were forced to shut down the event.
However, despite all the doom and gloom, most of the ravers were delighted with the first two nights of the festival. It is quite incredible how the party ethos and atmosphere can remain in such conditions.
With intermittent rain showers pouring through Saturday night, a host of star studded DJ’s still did what they do best; which is rocking out crowds and destroying stages (in a musical sense that is).
Avicii headlined the North Stage to a rain soaked crowd on Saturday night and displayed why he is one of the worlds fastest rising DJ’s. Above and Beyond, Eric Prydz, Skrillex and David Guetta all spun their decks elsewhere through evening till 4am, leaving the revellers wanting more, although sadly, that was never going to materialise.
When leaving Creamfields, there was more than a perplexed feeling coming from the campers. Most enjoyed every minute of Friday and Saturday and would’ve happily stayed for the Sunday despite the dire conditions, whilst others felt the decision was correct and left dirty and soaked.
A small minority left angry questioning the decision and whether the organisers could’ve done more to prevent the flooding; and surely as the water dries over the land of Creamfields, more explanations will be released to why the festival was so abruptly cancelled.
However, with the undulating landscape that makes up the campsites and arena of Creamfields, there seems very little the organisers could do with such an extreme amount of rain being released over the festival in such a short amount of time.
With 2011 and 2012 resulting in complete washouts, surely Creamfields is due a glorious weekend of sunshine in 2013.
By Adam Holden.
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