Leeds Festival - FRIDAY

Picture shows festival goers Rebecca Henderson, 20, Annmarie Shannon, 22 and Helen Welburne, 22 walking through the mud at Leeds Festival 2013.''rossparry.co.uk / Chris Fairweather

Picture shows festival goers Rebecca Henderson, 20, Annmarie Shannon, 22 and Helen Welburne, 22 walking through the mud at Leeds Festival 2013.''rossparry.co.uk / Chris Fairweather

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Thousands of dedicated music fans have descended on the district for the start of Leeds Festival 2013.

Today is the first of three official days of live music at Bramham Park near Wetherby, set to close on Sunday night with headliner Eminem.

And despite heavy downpours last night, which left much of the arena muddy underfoot, the wet weather has done little to deter festival-goers.

“The rain last night was mad!” said one fan Jack Topham on Twitter, while Marc Leeds today said: “Wellies watch at Leeds festival anyone?

“Biblical rain last night but warm and sunny now... “

“Ha, rain!” added Tweeter Inia Grey. “Expect eldest daughter is really regretting not taking the useful plastic poncho I offered her to Leeds festival right now.”

The Met Office has warned of more wet weather for tomorrow, advising festival goers to go prepared: “Tomorrow will be a mixture of rain and heavy rain. I’d pack your wellies! Drier on Sunday and Monday.”

The line up this year, the 10th consecutive Leeds Festival to be held at Bramham Park, includes tonight’s headliner Biffy Clyro, Green Day, and Eminem on the main stages, and Jake Bugg, Skrillex, Knife Party and Alt-J elsewhere.

A traffic management scheme has been set up with travellers to the festival being urged to plan their journey’s ahead of the event.

All festival traffic will be directed from the A1(M) at junction 45 (Boston Spa) along West Woods Road and Paradise Way.

The same applies when festival-goers exit Bramham Park on Monday 26 August. This section will again be heavily congested and is best avoided if possible.

No other routes are available for festival traffic and closures will be in place on other access roads in the area.

The Leeds Festival runs from today, August 23 until Monday August 26.

For more information visit www.leedsfestival.com.