THEY came in their thousands to dance, chill out and have a cool time. They left wrapped in blankets, shivering, shaking and suffering from hypothermia.
A free music festival in France descended into chaos when it was hit by a snowstorm as temperatures plunged to -3C. The Red Cross had to hand out 500 survival blankets to frozen ravers, while 30 needed treatment for hypothermia and two were taken to hospital.
The Teknival 2019 event was held on military land outside the village of Feniers in Limousin, central France, and was unauthorised.
It began on Friday night, with more than 10,000 revellers flocking to the hilltop site. But by Sunday morning most had left, driven away by snow and icy winds. Just a hardcore of 600 ravers partied on. And by Monday even they packed up.
Despite the conditions, ravers said they still enjoyed the event. One female festival-goer described the rave on Twitter as ‘really cool, even with the cold, the sound was good and the atmosphere was warm’.
Police said they seized a quantity of drugs, including cannabis, ecstasy and cocaine.