In the famous words of Bob Marley: Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet. Welsh music festival Glass Butter Beach kicked off under the moonlight on Thursday with charming wakeboard competition Quadra Crown. But things were about to take a turn for the worse.
Friday morning began with strong wind and heavy rain, meaning a delay to the opening of the main arena by an hour. This lead to closure of the Main Stage and Surf Shack. In an effort to keep things running, organisers turned the Dance Arena into the Main Stage.
As a result, the structure of the festival became disjointed, resulting in festival goers missing some of the bands they initially came to watch. Despite these hiccups, organisers worked relentlessly to make the show go on. Headliner Katy B lifted the atmosphere with staple tracks ‘Katy On A Mission’ and ‘Lights On’.
Saturday produced more stormy weather. Organisers deemed it would be unsafe for the festival to go ahead. As a result, Glass Butter Beach’s big names Wolf Alice and Coasts were ruled out of this year’s festival.
This is not the first time the weather has threatened Glass Butter Beach. Organisers were forced to cancel the event back in 2012.
Against all odds, Sunday went ahead as planned. And the Main Stage came back to life. One of the best sets of the weekend came from The Cuban Brothers, with an infectious display of energetic grooves and moves. Other acts on Sunday’s Main Stage included Jeremy Loops and Jamie Lawson.
Headliners Kodaline closed the weekend with a tremendous set, including hit tracks ‘High Hopes’ and ‘All I Want’, much to the pleasure of a soaked crowd.
Following the festival’s conclusion, Glass Butter Beach stated in a post on Facebook that they would offer full refunds to those who bought Saturday tickets and a partial refund to those who bought weekend tickets.
Big love to the Glass Butter Beach team who did everything they could to go ahead as planned, while ensuring the safety of festival goers. And to those of you who raved in the rain, you did yourselves proud!