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Reading music festival rain out

Jill Colton, staff writer

August 28, 2010 — Tens of thousands of Reading music festival fans braved the English rain to watch their favourite bands perform, but organizers say it's par for the course.

Galoshes sinking in the mud at the Reading Festival
Galoshes sinking in the mud at the Reading Festival

Downpours and mucky conditions haven't stopped music lovers from watching some rock and roll at the Reading music festival in England.

Around 87,000 festival-goers have been walking in the mud since the sold-out three-day-long event kicked off on Thursday. Headlining acts at the massive festival include Guns n' Roses, Queens of the Stone Age and Canadian heavyweights Arcade Fire.

Although the they've gotten boatloads of rain, festival organizer Melvin Benn plays down any concerns of a potential disaster. “Well, we won't get flooding. I mean let's not beat around the bush. We've had the worst of the weather and the Environment Agency are completley on top of the weather, the weather preparations. The fact that they take the River Thames down in depth for me adjacent to the festival site, that means that the water table goes down and means that we've got a greater ability to take rain water which means that we won't flood,” he says.

The festival is one of Britain's most popular summer music events and one of Europe's largest. It runs until August 29.

With files from Retuers

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