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Festival hit by extreme weather

Thousands of festival-goers had to cope with extreme weather conditions at Benicassim at the weekend, forcing Paul Weller off stage and causing headliners Kings of Leon to pull out. Newsbeat's Tulip Mazumdar was there and described what it was like getting caught up in the high winds.

Tents at Benicassim
Thousands had turned up to see headliners like Kings of Leon

It was a bit of a nightmare. It started clouding over at about 6 o'clock and getting quite windy then but by the time we got to the festival around 10, when Paul Wellar was on, it was just ridiculous. I've not seen wind like it. It must have been 70 miles an hour plus, I think.

The site itself is on a disused industrial site and it's got loads of sand around it, so that was just going flying everywhere. We walked past the urinals at one point and that was pretty unpleasant because everything from there was flying everywhere as well.


Paul Weller played about half of his set and all of a sudden it just stopped. We saw some of the lighting on the main stage hanging from the ceiling. At which point we had an announcement saying, 'We're going away for 10 minutes, trying to sort this out, we'll see whether we can get Maximo Park - who were due on next - and Kings of Leon on'.

But that never happened and we actually ended up waiting around for about two or three hours before we were finally told, 'It's not happening, go home'.

I think everyone was quite shocked… because even though it was really, really windy, we paid about £170 to go and it was basically one entire evening, a complete washout, because nobody really played.

Paul Weller did a bit of his set, but so many people came to Benicassim to see Kings of Leon and it just didn't happen and I think it wasn't really communicated that well, what was going on.

People were really, really disappointed, but I think at that point everyone had been drinking for quite a while because there was nothing else to do, so some people were quite happy and dancing anyway to no music and other people sloped off home looking very annoyed.

It just came from nowhere. I know that it has been windy at Benicassim a few times before, so this is something that some people are saying could've been anticipated but for us it came from nowhere.

One minute we were lying on the beach and it was beautiful, the next minute we were just getting blown around this huge industrial estate and not seeing any of the bands we wanted to see.




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