By MICHELLE DAY
AT first people tried their best to stay clean and dry despite the persistent wet weather ponchos were modified to become shoe-shields and jeans were rolled up.
But as the night wore on and Blue King Brown, Silverchair and Powderfinger rocked the massive marquee housing the ambitious Across the Great Divide tour at the Coffs Harbour Showground on Thursday the punters gave up, took off their shoes and moshed in the mud.
In true rock'n'roll spirit, the crowd of about 4500 left the venue which had come to resemble a swamp soggy but happy, with smiles and happy puddle-splashing everywhere to be seen.
Promoter John Logan said he was impressed by the good mood and behaviour of the crowd at what he called the biggest show ever to come to Coffs Harbour.
"Local suppliers worked hand in hand with a highly skilled technical crew and if it wasn't for them, given the extreme conditions, the show simply would not have happened," he said.
"Getting that amount of equipment, staging, PA and lights into the tent dry in those conditions was brilliant."