Leeds Festival - SUNDAY

Picture shows a festival goers walking in the mud at the famous Leeds Festival 2013, held for the 15th year at Bramham Park, in the grounds of a historic house on August bank holiday weekend. The festival is the largest in the north of England and attracts crowds of 80,00 people.''rossparry.co.uk / Chris Fairweather

Picture shows a festival goers walking in the mud at the famous Leeds Festival 2013, held for the 15th year at Bramham Park, in the grounds of a historic house on August bank holiday weekend. The festival is the largest in the north of England and attracts crowds of 80,00 people.''rossparry.co.uk / Chris Fairweather

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Spirits are high on the last day of Leeds Festival as the sun finally shines after days of wet weather.

Tens of thousands of music fans have descended on Bramham Park for the festival which closes tonight after three days of live music.

Many fans have been flagging after days of torrential downpours, “biblical” rain and rivers of mud, kept going only by the promise of tonight’s headliner - Eminem.

“Excited for today!” said music fan Sophie Leonard on Twitter. “And it’s sunny!!!”

This year’s festival, plagued by heavy rain, has been surely the wettest on record.

The downpours began on Thursday, calling off some of the earlier shows before the main crowds even arrived.

And as more torrential rain fell yesterday, the grass grounds turned to mud, one music critic saying it was as if the River Nidd were flowing through the indoor tents.

Andy Hodson, on Twitter, said he had “never seen mud like it”, while Debby Gallagher added: “I got soaked to the skin, I had to wade through rivers of mud but I’ve woken up this morning really wanting to go back to #leedsfestival.”

Grace Alice said today the car park is like a “swamp”, the AA’s special operations response team confirming they were on site and “scooping” cars out of the thick mud.

“Our crews have been flat out overnight and today, extra crews have arrived to assist,” they said.

Many music fans left early this morning, choosing to abandon the festival in favour of a hot shower. Among them was Lottie Dolders, who said on Twitter: “The mud was getting too much.”

But for others, the promise of tonight’s headliner has kept them going.

“Eminem is the only thing keeping me at Leeds,” said Harry Grays on Twitter, another fan adding: “No matter how tempting it is to go home from Leeds I will stick it out just to see Eminem tonight.”

Favourites Chase and Status are to take the main stage from 7.35pm, with Eminem headlining from 9.20pm. For more information visit www.leedsfestival.com.