Cars at Y Not stuck in six inches of sludge as guests leave muddy festival

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Guests were forced to push their cars out of six inches of mud as they fought to leave Derbyshire’s Y Not festival this morning.

JCBs were out in force spreading woodchips to make the ground less treacherous and staff have been described as “amazing”.

But festival-goers who decided to make a dash for it this morning got more than they bargained for when their cars became stuck in the mud.

Joanne Lendrum was met with balmy summer temperatures when she arrived on Friday but by this morning she’d had enough.

The 47-year-old engineer said: “It started to drizzle on the Friday night so we got the ponchos and the wellies on.

Guests helped each other to escape the car park when their cars got stuck.

“But by the end of last night the main arena was basically a swamp. When we got back to the tent it really started teeming it down.

“It felt like the tent was going to fly off in the wind. We decided enough was enough.”


Ms Lendrum, who was joined by her sister Mandy Fowler at the festival in Pikehall, said they could not face any more of the torrential rain that was promised by weather forecasters.

But while her sister managed to navigate their car out of the festival without getting stuck, they saw many other drivers who were not so lucky.

Ms Lendrum said: “There was six inches of mud.

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“There were cars stuck everywhere and people were pushing them. The staff have been absolutely amazing.

“Sometimes it took about five minutes to get the cars out and sometimes it was just a little push that got them out.”

Despite the conditions Ms Lendrum said she would definitely be returning to the festival next year.

JCBs spread woodchips to make the ground less treacherous.

A spokeswoman for the festival confirmed that Sunday’s schedule of entertainment would be going ahead as planned. Visitors have said the conditions are not as bad as those that forced Y Not to be axed in 2017.

A statement from the festival organisers read: “We are looking forward to day four and the on-site music and entertainment will be going ahead today.

“We are taking necessary steps to ensure the whole site is safe after the wet weather, with a significant amount of woodchips being laid around the site.”



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