A former Burton Mail reporter who attended this year's Y-Not Festival in Derbyshire has spoken of his disappointment after the final day was cancelled due to the rain.
It comes as Burton Mail readers have sent in photos of their experiences of the festival at the weekend.
Mr Groom was hoping to see the top acts the Vaccines and Two Door Cinema Club but was disappointed to hear both bands would not play following three days of torrential rain and more forecast, which turned the site into a mud-bath.
He told how he had heard that Sunday had been cancelled from a fellow camper at the event in Pikehall, in the Derbyshire Dales, who had spotted a statement on Facebook from organisers.
The Vaccines had been due to headline on Friday, but could not appear, because it was deemed too dangerous for them to play due to the weather.
He said: “As for headliners getting cancelled on Friday due to the weather, that's really out of the control of the organisers but it was really disappointing nonetheless. But for the whole Sunday to get cancelled for us to find out via hearsay was poor. The communication between festival-goers and organisers was non-existent, I felt."
“The mud was awful, it really was. It was hard to move at any speed, so I can see why the decision was made. There was no grass left on site really, it was all mud.
“Getting out of the car park was shambolic. There was nobody directing traffic until you reached the main road, so getting to that point was an absolute free-for-all. It took us three hours to get out and in that time, numerous people got towed away because they got stuck in the mud.
Y Not organisers released a statement on Sunday, July 30, explaining why the day had been cancelled.
It reads: “Unfortunately, we’ve had to take the difficult decision to cancel Sunday due to the adverse weather conditions across the weekend, after consulting all the relevant authorities.
“The safety of our guests, performers and crew is our primary concern and the potential risk was too severe for Sunday to go ahead. We are sorry for the disappointment and disruption caused to everyone who was looking forward to the final day of the festival.
“We understand that people will have questions about refunds. We will be giving all our guests further information about this over the coming days.”
Organisers already had to apologise to festival-goers on Friday, after torrential rain resulted in major headline band, the Vaccines being unable to perform.
Those who were unable to get home on the Sunday, were told that food vans would be made available, as well as free taxis. East Midlands Trains also said anyone at Y-Not who had a ticket for Monday would be able to use it a day early.
Event director John Drape said: "We have meetings every six hours to discuss things like weather conditions and ground conditions.
"On Saturday night it became increasingly clear conditions were deteriorating and at midnight there was not one agency which felt it was safe to continue."
Mr Drape denied festival organisers had been caught out, saying they had spent 30 per cent more on infrastructure and had brought in 80 tonnes of woodchip to stabilise tracks.