‘Scandalous’ car park delays rile festivalgoers

Festivalgoers attending Nyon’s Paléo festival have reacted in anger after bad weather created long delays to exit car parks on Wednesday night.

'Scandalous' car park delays rile festivalgoers
Stromae performed on Wednesday night. Photo: Paleo/Lionel Flusin

Drivers leaving the festival after Wednesday’s headline concert by Belgium’s Stromae vented their frustrations on social media when lengthy queues formed at the site’s various car parks.

“Two hours to exit P3. Scandalous!” wrote one driver on the Facebook page of newspaper 20 Minutes.

Wait times at the site’s P4 car park grew to three hours, provoking one driver to comment “I’ve never seen that in 15 years.”

Another disgruntled driver, Christine Sauterel-Doutaz, wrote on Paléo’s Facebook page “Wednesday evening was brilliant until we tried to leave the car parks!!! 2h!! And an utter mess! Thank you to the volunteer who gave out water.”

Several parking areas were closed after festival organizers implemented a “rain plan” due to heavy rain earlier in the week.

As a result festivalgoers had been told to use public transport where possible rather than arrive by car.

On Wednesday the festival’s website advised drivers to park in Nyon and take advantage of shuttle buses to the site.

Oragnizers also implored attendees to exercise “patience and courtesy”.

Despite the weather, large crowds were wowed by Stromae last night.

The 90-minute set of 29-year-old Paul Van Haver, aka Stromae, was judged a “sensation” by Swiss media.

The disruption is likely to continue as rains descend again and crowds arrive to see British veteran rocker Elton John perform tonight.

Around 230,000 spectators are expected at the festival, which runs until Sunday.

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9,000 lightning bolts: Heavy storms sweep across Switzerland

Hurricane-like gusts have swept across much of Switzerland on Sunday and Monday. Weather experts have counted at least 9,000 lightning bolts striking since Sunday.

9,000 lightning bolts: Heavy storms sweep across Switzerland

As of Monday morning however, the storms have largely receded in most of the country. 

Swiss weather service Meteonews said the canton of Bern was the heaviest hit, with 2,500 lightning strikes. 

Around 850 were recorded in Uri, followed by Fribourg, Vaud and St Gallen. 

Winds of 111km/h were recorded on the Weissfluhjoch summit, while wind speeds of 85km/h were recorded in Meiringen and Sitten. 

Monday will experience some winds, but will largely be sunny. 

Temperatures of 24C degrees are predicted in the north of the country, while heights of 30C are predicted for the centre and south.