The FlyJesus project took to the skies again at the weekend, flying a ‘Jesus calls, will you follow?‘ banner over Download and Isle of Wight Festival. TheFestivals has received aerial pictures from the FlyJesus plane showing each event under a layer of mud, displayed below.
Organisers said: “The reactions were both positive and negative but Jesus loves us all, regardless of what we do or say.”
The project, operated by Escalls Methodist Church, was founded by activist Christine Bonfield. She was “feeling distraught over the spiritual state of our country” when God told her: “Get a plane, tie a banner with my message on it and fly the length and breadth of the country.”
The group flew a banner reading “Jesus loves every one of you” over around a dozen festivals last summer. Christine told TheFestivals they thought the flights were finished: “but then God revealed he wanted people to be able to respond to His love and follow Him.”
A crowdfunding page for the FlyJesus project has raised nearly £72,000 to date.
Organisers told us their pilots “are very gifted people” who manoeuvred around thunderstorms to ensure the weekend’s flights took place. The muddy images are a stark contrast to last summer’s aerial pics, when grass across the country began to wilt in the hot summer weather.
Download Festival 2019 Aerial Pictures
This first image of the Download Festival arena shows the main stage on the far right, with Zippo Encore stage shown to the left of the row of trees top centre.
The second image shows the RIP, guess and press camping areas next to the main arena. The trees in the top left are part of the RIP Metal Forest.
The blue tent on the left is the Dogtooth Stage, while the large white tent at the bottom near the ferris wheel is the NXT UK WWE arena.
The final Download pic shows the festival’s new layout for 2019. The main campsites are now located across the Donington Park at the top of the image.
The Village, central hub of the campsites with traders, rides, music and comedy, can be spotted by the red and blue marquees of the Doghouse and Side Splitter stages. Until this year, the Village was located in the vacant field just to the left of TheFestivals logo.
The campervan field can be seen on the right of the image, next to the arena and main stage.
Isle of Wight Festival 2019 Aerial Pictures
This image shows the Isle of Wight Festival arenas and campsites intertwined with farm buildings, as well as a large solar park adjacent to the festival site.
The festival was headlined by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, George Ezra and Biffy Clyro.
The picture below shows Isle of Wight Festival beside the River Medina. The large factory with it’s own dock on the opposite bank of the river makes blades for offshore wind turbines.
Colour-matched rows of pre-pitched camping options can be seen below on the left.
The amount of grass showing implies Isle of Wight escaped much of the rain that fell on Download this year.
SEE MORE: Aerial photos from FlyJesus’ 2018 flights
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