Camp Bestival’s organisers took the tough decision to close its main areas on the final day this weekend after weeks of high temperatures in the UK were disrupted by thunderstorms, high winds and rain causing many tents at the site to flood.

All stages were shut down due to health and safety concerns.

Held at Lulworth Castle in Dorset, Simple Minds were supposed to close the event, however the band we unable to play the set, and posted a statement addressing the issue on their Twitter account, linking to the festival’s own official update.
Organisers were advised by the safety team that arenas cannot be re-opened.

The full statement on Camp Bestival’s Twitter feed reads: “Dear Camp Bestival, we are utterly devastated and heartbroken to say that we have been advised by our safety teams that we can not re-open arenas again today due to the severe weather and the forecasting of continual high winds and rain today.

“We have had the best 3 days in Camp Bestival’s history, it’s been our greatest ever show with all our favourite performers, shows, stages and artists which we have thoroughly enjoyed sharing with you all.

They added: “You are by far the best festival audience and we love you dearly. This has been such a tough decision, but the safety of all you guys, the families, kids, and our working staff has to be of paramount importance.

“The campsites will remain open tonight if you want to continue with your Camp Bestival stay regardless of the conditions. Thank you so much for coming and please get home safely.

Before the disruption, the festival featured performers including Rick Astley, who invited Mary Berry onstage as a guest drummer.


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