The Reading Festival's multitude of campers are in for a nasty shock with the announcement by the event's organisers that the amount of alcohol that festival goers bring with them will be curtailed while that ever-popular post-band activity, the campfire, will be banned outright after 8PM.
Virtual Festivals reports that the new rules have been made in an effort to to prevent a repeat of last year's anti-social behaviour which saw damage across the festival's site.
The decision was reached after a Reading Borough Council report concluded "as groups grew in numbers they began moving around the site committing crime and acting in a disorderly and anti-social manner."
The report continued, "Numerous fires were started, telegraph poles carrying onsite lighting were tampered with, sections of fencing were ripped up and hedgerows, tents, rubbish and combustibles were set alight."
The alcohol and campfire prevention policies now take the amount of new restrictions at the festival to three. The organisers have also taken the step to band flags from the Reading festival and its sister event at Leeds. While many of Reading city's off-site vendors of alcohol and flammable material will doubtless be weeping at the decision, festival goers can amuse themselves as they attempt to guess what could be banned or introduced next.
Thanks for the report to Spinner.com.