Glastonbury organisers have urged festival goers NOT to try to get to the famous festival by car after traffic chaos caused by heavy downpours and a mass pile-up mean delays of up to 21 hours are currently in place.
A four-car pile-up on one of the main roads into Glastonbury combined with heavy rain has caused huge delays, according to some reports.
Glastonbury organisers have stated that anyone travelling to the camp-site with cars, campervans and caravans should wait until the queues have gone, before setting out.
Oxfam volunteer Jim Barnes posted on Facebook: “We’ve been queueing in our van for 14 hours and we’re meant to be working for Oxfam…. What’s the best way into purple parking?”
The early birds had failed to heed a warning from organiser Michael Eavis to delay their arrival until Wednesday morning.
He said: “We did ask people to come in later but we’ve had lots of early arrivals this year.”
Two of the festival’s three car parks are reported to be shut with heavy rain causing chaos in and around the site.
More than 130,000 music fans are set to attend the world famous five-day festival, headlined by Adele and Coldplay.
Police and the festival organisers pleaded with ticket-holders to delay their journeys until later on Wednesday.
A 6.30am update from the event said: “If you are coming to the Festival by car or campervan / caravan and have yet to begin your journey, please do not set off yet.
“If you have set off and have yet to reach the site, please stop somewhere safe and warm.
“If you are coming to the festival by coach or train please set off as planned. But be prepared for your journey to take longer than usual.”
A statement added: “The current wet weather and ground conditions are causing heavy traffic congestion around the Glastonbury Festival site.
But when the gates to Worthy Farm finally opened at 8am the revellers were wading through mud and puddles.
Even a cider delivery lorry dropping off gallons of drink to the famous Cider Bus got stuck in the sludge.
Cider Bus’s general manager Nick Laurie said: “We’ve tamed the mud. It was pretty awful.
“When we arrived in the corner of our marquee was a foot deep pond, which was pumped out, but when we brought in the big vehicles like the lorry the mud came up to the axle.”
Gates open today before the festival begins on Friday.