Mud, rain and cold couldn't stop good time at Meredith Music Festival

DIE-HARDS: Rain and cold did not deter thousands of people from enjoying the Meredith Music Festival.
DIE-HARDS: Rain and cold did not deter thousands of people from enjoying the Meredith Music Festival.

MUD, rain and wind didn't dampen the spirits of thousands of music lovers at the Meredith Music Festival at the weekend.Around 10,000 people attended and co-director Matt High said it was the worst weather he had seen during the festival's history."In preparation for the anticipated wet weather, we fortified our internal roads with crushed rock and stocked up on bulk warm and waterproof clothing, which has been available on site over the weekend," he said."It's been great to see so many of our punters have used the thorough guide we sent them last week detailing what to pack for the expected weather conditions, evidenced by the creative wet weather gear they sported."After 46mm rain on the first night, people ditched their thongs and wore gumboots, rain coats and garbage bags.Not everyone packed warm clothes though. Ambulance Victoria spokesman John Mullen said there were 11 people treated on site for hyperthermia and alcohol-induced problems.Two people were take to the Ballarat Health Services Base Hospital for further treatment and one was taken to Geelong Hospital."The organisers did a really good job," Mr Mullen said."They brought in heating and had an old stock of t-shirts and clothing that they gave to people who were wet."Many people were resigned to sleeping in their cars, especially after strong winds blew down on tents.Festival-goer Anneke Sendeckyj said it was definitely a different atmosphere to previous years, but she still had a great time."The rain didn't dampen people's spirits and the stage atmosphere was amazing," she said.She had a rocky start to the festival when her tent was damaged, leaving her and her friends exposed to the elements."It was an old tent so we just threw it in the dumpster. We slept in the car on the second night."