The closing stages of the 2013 festival season

  • Festival-goers leave following a dry end to the Glastonbury 2013 Festival. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire.

    A radar image showing estimated rainfall totals (in mm) in the 12 hour period ending Saturday 17th August at 2pm. The twinned site of the V Festival are amongst the many UK wet spots.

    The crowd basking in the hot sunshine at the British Summer Time Hyde Park in central London. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire.

  • The closing stages of the 2013 festival season
    17.08.2013 13:59


    With this summer’s big music festivals wrapping up over the next couple of weeks, let’s take a look back at what the weather has dished up for the festival-goers – and what is yet to come. Here is just a selection of this year’s events…

    What? Rockness When? 7-9 June Where? Scottish Highlands

    The first of our festivals could not have asked for finer conditions, with around 30000 revellers lapping up both music and sunshine on the banks of Loch Ness during the 3 day festival. Indeed, the warm and sunny weather was believed to have caused a last minute spike in sales for the event, headlined by acts such as Madness and Plan B.

    What? DownloadFestival When? 14-16 June Where? East Midlands

    Unfortunately, the weather didn’t quite hold out for heavy metal fans descending on Donington just a short week later. It was a milder and cloudier state of affairs with light rain or showers at times, which hopefully didn’t dampen the spirits at the 11th edition of the festival.

    What? Glastonbury  When? 26-30 June Where? Somerset

    It was a slightly mixed bag of weather at Worthy Farm, which may come as no surprise given the long history of the event. As has become rather synonymous with Glastonbury, wellies should have been in use on the Thursday as some light rain fell. However, the rest of the event saw more favourable conditions, with temperatures climbing past 20C over the weekend.

    What? British Summer Time When? 5-14 July Where? London 

    Despite the long period between the first and last performances hitting the stage, the weather truly held its own in London’s Hyde Park. Multi-tasking ticket holders managed to soak up music from the likes of the Rolling Stones, Lionel Richie and Jennifer Lopez, at the same time as revelling in some of the warmest and sunniest weather this summer has seen.

    What? T in the Park When? 11-14 July Where? North Lanarkshire

    Scotland’s biggest music festival marked its 20th anniversary in style with much of the same sunny weather shared with the revellers at the final weekend of the British Summer Time festival. Despite temperatures reaching an early peak of 26C on the Friday, acts such as Rihanna and the Killers kept the atmosphere ablaze through the rest of the weekend. 

    What? V Festival When? 17-18 August Where? Chelmsford and South Staffordshire

    A month on, the weather has taken a turn for the worse, as we come bang up to date with the V Festival. Fans at both sites will have arrived to rather soggy conditions following rain in the lead up to the event. At the time of writing, it seems brisk winds and further rain on the Saturday may have put a slight dampener on proceedings, although the forecast for Sunday is somewhat drier and brighter: winds will moderate and cloud will partly break to allow some sun to shine on what must be assumed to be now-sodden festival-goers. However, it is advised to keep the macs to hand, as either of the sites may catch a shower before the artists play their last note.

    What? Reading and Leeds  When? 23-25 August Where? Reading and Wetherby

    Although still a little way out, next weekend’s bonanza at the twinned sites should hopefully see some fine weather. Indications are that rain will be kept at bay, with the potential for decent spells of warm sunshine to brighten proceedings in the twilight hours of the 2013 festival season.

    By: Laura Caldwell