Flooding Won’t Stop Petty, Springsteen at Isle of Wight

Matt Dolloff, CBS Radio Boston

Tom Petty won’t back down from Mother Nature tonight. His headlining set at the U.K.’s Isle of Wight festival will take place tonight on schedule, despite flooding and heavy rain throwing the festivities into chaos.

About 600 patrons traveling by ferry on Thursday got stranded overnight due to traffic congestion at the Isle’s main parking lot caused by the flooding, according to NME.

The latest U.K. weather forecasts predict a dry night for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with clear skies once they hit the stage for their headlining performance, which is set to broadcast on VH1 this weekend. Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band will also have to deal with heavy rain (and probably plenty of mud) during the day, but should dry off by the time they take the stage at night.

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