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Glastonbury goers are casting a worried eye on the weather this week... Will 2016's festival turn out to be a wash-out, like these notorious years?
Such was the small size of Glastonbury in the 1970s, that the festival didn’t really have a stinker of a mudbath until 1982. There was torrential rain on the first day and the weather didn’t let up for the rest of the event, making the ground very slippery and quite treacherous. Picture: Getty
1983 and 1984 passed off with sunny weather, but ’85 was the worst weather for twenty years, establishing the Glasto mudbath tradition of chucking it down on the Thursday night, thus setting the tone for the rest of the miserable weekend. Quite a few campers bailed out early because of the conditions and many of the poor artists - including Paul Weller and Style Council - were pelted with mud. Photo: Hot Shot Media
Not only was there another deluge in 1990, but there was a tense stand-off between Glastonbury security and a group of travellers that resulted in there being no festival the following year. During The Cure’s headline set, a girl was crushed at the front of the crowd and an emergency helicopter had to land by the Pyramid Stage. Not a good year. Photo: Press Association
One of the most notorious years, with torrential rain pelting the site before the festivities even began. Neil Young cancelled, leaving Kula Shaker (!) to step in, while Ash deputised for Steve Winwood and ended up headlining the Pyramid Stage. Radiohead on Saturday night were given an almost rapturous Photo: Press Association
Meanwhile, the Other Stage was in such a precarious position that the music started late on Friday and by Sunday the structure had started to sink into the mud. Mansun had to cancel their set and The Bluteones were left to finish off one of the wettest festivals ever. Picture: Getty
After the horrendous weather of 1997, surely nothing could go wrong the following year? Wrong. ’98 was another grisly year and, again, by Saturday many had bailed out and left the site. Photo: Press Association
After a run of nice weather, 2004 started off well, but the rain kicked in on Saturday, meaning many watched headliner Paul McCartney in wet and slippery mud. It cleared up by Sunday, but the rest of the festival was quite slushy. Photo: Press Association
A beautiful Thursday night gave way in the early hours to the most rain the festival has EVER seen - almost a month’s worth of water fell in a few hours, washing tents down the hills and flooding campsites. The John Peel Stage was struck by lightning. Photo: Getty
Friday’s programme of music was delayed while the site was made safe, with many festival-goers having to wade through water to get around. Luckily, the rain didn’t return, but the sun did - making the mud “set” and turn to a thick glue-like consistency. Nasty. Photo: Press Association
Another pleasant start quickly went bad as torrential rain began on Friday morning and continued right until the bitter end. Photo: Getty
The Who and The Chemical Brothers headlined on Sunday night and performed during a horrible, freezing cold downpour. Photo: Getty
After a hot and pleasant 2008, things looked good for the 2009 festival - until the clouds came in and brought lightning alongside the rain.
Luckily, the skies cleared not long after and a full-blown mudbath was avoided. Some people made the most of it, though. Photo: Press AssociationP
Rain again, spoiling U2’s big moment as it comprehensively pissed down during the band’s set. Even Radiohead’s surprise set was damp.
Panic set in briefly during Thursday as the heavens opened and it looked like another swamp was in store. But the good vibes held off the worst of the weather and things took a better turn in time for The Rolling Stones’ headline set on Saturday night. Some people even had to be treated for heat exhaustion by Sunday. Photo: Getty
An electrical storm on the Friday night brought proceedings to a brief halt, and the showers continued throughout Saturday. Thankfully, 2014 wasn’t a complete wash-out and things picked up on the Sunday in time for Dolly Parton’s set. Ha! Photo: Press Association
Panic set in briefly on Friday afternoon when showers set in, but thankfully it didn't last and a complete deluge was avoided.