A day of green music festival attendees are battered by torrential rain and wind

A popular music festival has been hit by high winds and torrential rain, turning its pristine ground into muddy fields and clogging dozens of cars.

A Day on the Green has gone ahead with its planned festival at the Mt Duneed Estate, near Geelong, at the weekend despite forecasts of damaging winds and thunderstorms.

By Sunday, tractors were required to remove the crippled cars from the circuit.

Crowded House, Angus & Julia Stone, and The Waifs headline the premiere music festival, which costs just over $129 to enter.

Those in attendance celebrated the night despite the inclement weather, with photos on social media depicting many wearing raincoats and tarps amidst the downpour.

The Duned Mountain website issued a statement on Sunday saying they were “disturbed” by the impact of the weather.

A spokesperson said: “The organizers expected it to be humid last night, but certainly not as wet as it has been.”

Tractors were deployed early Sunday to help move cars that had been bogged down in mud overnight.

Local farmers and volunteers even got involved in moving the vehicles and by 12:30 noon there were only 14 vehicles left at the site.

“Please make your way to your cars as quickly as possible as we have plenty of tractors waiting with very few people in their cars,” a spokesperson for Mt Duneed Estate said on Sunday.

“Thank you very much for your patience. We are doing our best.”

Roundhouse Entertainment, the festival’s organisers, said the event went ahead after “extensive consultation” with stakeholders.

A spokesperson said: “We take the safety of our customers very seriously and work diligently with the police, emergency services and other stakeholders to ensure this.” Herald Sun.

“All decisions are made based on the advice given.”

A similar scenario unfolded in Aberfeldie, Melbourne where the organizers behind the Illuminate the River festival pulled the pin due to damaging wind gusts of over 85 kilometers per hour.

Minimum temperatures across Victoria are expected to drop below 15 degrees next week as a cold front moves across southeastern Australia, making it feel “closer to winter”.

It’s not quite a bad change for New South Wales and central Australia as we’ve seen several times already this month,” said Rob Sharp, Sky News meteorologist.

“But it’s noticeably cold, we’re almost into summer now and we’re still talking about winter-like weather in the Southeast.”

Originally published as Tractors deployed to rescue distressed cars after folk music festival hit by rain and high winds

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