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UK festival tents and rubbish fly away in unbelievable 'tornado' video

Joe Harker

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UK festival tents and rubbish fly away in unbelievable 'tornado' video

Festivalgoers at Boomtown, the UK's largest independent music festival, ended up getting a bit of a nasty shock when a 'tent tornado' whipped up so many people's belongings into the air.

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Luckily, nobody seems to be too bothered by the fact that their tents and rubbish are now swirling above their heads in a vortex, instead getting footage of the tornado and laughing along.

Boomtown confirmed that no injuries were reported as a result of the mini tornado, so all's well that ends well as it sounds like those affected got a pretty good laugh out of it.

While restrictions were fully lifted ahead of last year's Boomtown, organisers determined that insurance and other costs would just make it not worth putting on.

so for 2022 people were very eager to get back out there and enjoy themselves, and they weren't going to let a little thing like everyone's tent blowing away stop them.

The tornado of tents and rubbish ripped through Boomtown 2022. Credit: TikTok/@emmabaskey
The tornado of tents and rubbish ripped through Boomtown 2022. Credit: TikTok/@emmabaskey

According to one festivalgoer, lots of people just couldn't peg their tents into the ground because the earth was 'like concrete', leaving many to keep their tents on solid ground by weighing them down.

Unfortunately, the wind pulled the tents and their weights up into the air, swirling them around like a tornado.

Another said the tornado 'lasted for about 30 seconds to a minute', so fortunately people weren't waiting long to discover the fate of their things.

While everyone seemed to be having fun watching the spectacle of the tornado of tents and rubbish, it was probably less fun to sift through everything and get all their stuff back once it was over.

The sight of your tent whipped up 60ft in the air by the wind might be pretty entertaining in the moment but actually getting the damn thing back sounds like a bit of a chore.

66,000 people attended Boomtown this year. Credit: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo
66,000 people attended Boomtown this year. Credit: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

While it might have been pretty fun for the festivalgoers who got to enjoy the sight of their tents and rubbish suddenly sucked into a tornado, spare a thought for the poor souls who had to clean up afterwards.

Big festivals are always an absolute nightmare to clean up but a tornado picking up all the rubbish and spinning it around is a recipe for disaster.

Festivalgoers tend to leave fields littered with rubbish and some even abandon their tents rather than take them home, but the Boomtown 2022 cleaners will have had to pick some of the tornado's leavings out of the trees.

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/@YoddalPlod

Topics: UK News, Festivals, Music, Weather

Joe Harker
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