Flash flood hits 39th Greenbelt arts festival

UNPRECEDENTED rain storms, which turned parts of the site at the Greenbelt Festival, held over 24th to 27th August at Cheltenham Race Course into what one festival goer described as "a treacherous sea of mud," didn't mar the enjoyment of the approximately 20,000 who attended. Greenbelt '12 featured a wide sweep of Christian and non-Christian music acts, speakers and practitioners of many artistic disciplines. Musicians at the event included Bruce Cockburn, Charlie Simpson, Nitro Sawhey, Asian Dub Foundation, The Proclaimers and Folk On who all received enthusiastic crowd response despite the weather difficulties. Commented Tony Cummings about the unprecedented rain storms, "Personally, I think the Greenbelt organisers and their team of volunteers did a magnificent job in responding to the situation and keeping everyone safe and getting them off site at the end. Even the most informed meteorologist or the most anointed prophet wouldn't have predicted a flash flood. And the happy spirit of the sodden and sticky Greenbelters was amazing to behold."

An in-depth musical/theological review on Greenbelt '12 will be published tomorrow on the Cross Rhythms website

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