Tamworth Country Music Festival: Wild weather warning does not deter campers | Photos

As rain hit the festival late on Friday, campers were jovial, defiantly braving the elements.

So far during the 2018 festival they have had to cope with stifling heat, but a thunderstorm warning was issued late on Friday as dark clouds rolled in.

In the Riverside Park camping grounds, country music fans were still enjoying themselves, with a live band playing, while other campers gathered around their campsites together to continue enjoying the festival.

Meanwhile, live performances for the Stars Under the Stars concert at Toyota Park were delayed owing to the inclement conditions.

Christine Dufty is a regular visitor to the festival from the mid north coast, and she has camped on the same spot in a corner of the camping grounds for the last nine years.

She said she was not worried at all about the weather, which may not be surprising, considering she can recall losing two tents when wild winds struck the festival one year.

Ben Humphries from the Central Coast has been the festival for the last three years described it as typical country music festival weather, battling heat and then a deluge of wet weather.

Amid stormy conditions rolling overhead, the campgrounds were in full swing. Artists kept spirits high, with tunes pumping from equipment wrapped in plastic bags. Young children beat the steamy conditions in a pair of inflatable pools at Mr Humphries’ campsite, singing along to Chicken Fried, while the grownups reported everything to be high and dry despite the rain.

A thunderstorm warning was issued for the area at 6.46pm, which said heavy rainfall and damaging winds were likely over the following hours.


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