Creamfields, one of the UK’s most popular dance music festivals, has been forced to close its doors early following onsite flooding and torrential rain, Music Week has reported.
Initially due to conclude this evening with performances from the likes of DeadMau5 and Calvin Harris, the Cheshire event has suffered treacherous overnight downpours, leaving organisers with no other option than to bring the festival to a premature climax.
A statement from Cream, the event’s founders, said: "It is with regret that today’s event at Creamfields has been cancelled due to significant rainfall overnight and on site flooding.
"Every effort has been made to continue with the event and following an evaluation of the site the decision has been made by the promoters, Cheshire Police and multi agencies on site to close today’s final day in the interest of Health and Safety.
"The heavy downpour overnight has created issues across the site leaving many areas unusable. It is our primary concern at this time that assistance is given to those on site and ensure those campers exit safely."
Cheshire Poilce have stated that there was both localised flooding on the festival site and on roads around the A56 in Daresbury. Those making their way to the festival site to collect friends and family are being urged to travel to the North pick up point located off the.
Additional free shuttle buses have been made available to local railway stations in Warrington, Runcorn, Manchester and Liverpool.
Chief Inspector Bev Raistrick commented: "Our priority at this time is to ensure that assistance is given to those on the site and to ensure that anyone who has camped overnight can leave safely and via the most appropriate routes.
"Public safety remains the top priority – it is vital that festival goers assist by following all instructions and directions by police and stewards.
"Extensive planning between Cheshire Police, the two local authorities, other agencies and the Creamfields management team has taken place over the past year and contingency plans have been developed to ensure we are able to deal effectively and efficiently with every eventuality.
"Anyone travelling in the area is being warned that roads will be busier than normal as people leave the site."
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