The Weather Network – The Glastonbury Festival kicked off its 35th year with four feet of flood water

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The Glastonbury Festival is a five-day music and arts event that takes place in Pilton, Somerset, England. It was first created in September 1970 and has been held (almost) every year since. And in 2005, things got off to a bad start.

On Friday June 24, 2005, the Glastonbury Festival was about to kick off its 35th year when a thunderstorm hit the area.

The festival sold out in three hours and 20 minutes. A total of 112,500 people secured tickets for the anticipated festival. Headliners for the 2005 festival included The White Stripes, Doves and The Killers.


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Opening day was delayed as heavy rain and thunderstorms flooded the areas. Some areas of campgrounds, festival sites and even bathrooms received flash floods of up to four feet.

Dozens of tents were lost underwater and lightning destroyed power lines. Festival-goers were seen swimming to the tents to collect their belongings.

Although the start of the festival was delayed, the sky cleared in the afternoon. Festival-goers put on their boots and waded into the festival.

Nine people were injured at the festival and the storm caused millions in damage. The 2005 Glastonbury Festival is known as “Farmageddon”.

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Jan G. Gilbert