Reading Festival Imposes Alcohol And Campfire Restrictions

The Reading Festival's multitude of campers are in for a nasty shock with the announcement by the event's organisers.

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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.

93 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Dolan92
    isn't it only the sunday, bringing alcohol into the site after 6pm on the sunday, same with the campfire ban
    -xCaMRocKx-
    Good. You act like a dickhead, you get punished for it. A hope the idiots who ruined it for everybody else feel bad. Although I seriously doubt it.
    espChris93
    Crimson Ghost wrote: it makes me sad how many people think they can't enjoy a music festival without alcohol and campfires
    Agreed. Its a shame when the majority of rule abiding people can act decently but are punished for the minorities immaturity but sadly there's always that group of destructive animals that have no respect for anything or anyone else so I say it'll be a good day when all alcohol is banned from these events. I mean things are good in moderation but when some people cant draw lines for themselves then you gotta draw it for them so the non-selfish concert goers can have a fun time.
    espChris93
    nimrod_hahahaha wrote: good, maybe they'll allow fires back when people can stop acting like douchebags at the end of the festival.
    Agreed, this isnt a shame or a "nasty shock" as the article claims. This is a welcomed rule change. I want to enjoy music and have a good time not watch wasted teenagers and sadly immature grown adults act like children destroying property because they think thats what a good time is. I dont know how this ruins anyones fun in any way, but I guess I'd rather be productive than destructive.
    Slap-happy
    I started going to Reading over 15 years ago and have some great memories. Summers gone by of Reading, Glastonbury and (the now long-gone) Phoenix Festivals were great. Sure - we'd mess around and not everything we did was strictly legal. It's a shame that there is now minority of troublemaking individuals that have ruined a great experience for everyone else.
    boreamor
    I went to Sonisphere last year and Glastonbury this year, and this shit didn't happen. People still got high and still got pissed, yet there was no unpleasentness at all. Sonisphere was great! Small crowd, all drunk, acting as if everyone had known each other for years! The only fires that happened were the morning after with people burning their own shit. And that, in my opinion, is perfectly fine for them to do. As long as they clean that burnt shit up. Bad for the environment.
    raging247
    Get more security fools, and stop being so cheap. I mean, you charge 150!
    barden1069
    [quote=Article]The organisers have also taken the step to band flags from the Reading festival and its sister event at Leeds.[/quote] wat
    slashnmash
    TBH I doubt this news will change anything, how on earth will the campfire rule be enforced effectively, there is too much mayhem for the authorities to deal with. And who brings in booze after 6pm on the Sunday anyway, non idiots will be well stocked anyway. I suppose it is step in the right direction, but realistically nothing will change. Lets not forget that the security often only make the situation worse with what I have seen as totally unprofessional crowd control. They just seem to completely lose their tempers and lash out at anyone nearby, not cool.
    muir
    And your honor, 'Exhibit C' of why Reading sucks and Download is better...
    Anjohl
    Easy way to stop campfire abuse: Sell camp logs on-site for a reasonable price, and make it an ejectable offense to use anything but those logs to fuel the fires.
    ljpfahey
    Good. Reading is mostly a bunch of retarded little teenage shits. They should start one big bonfire and burn any of the little twats who step out of line. How can Reading be like that, when Glastonbury is so peaceful and friendly, the way it should be?!
    life_247
    On a further note I find reading is all about the music. People watch bands then argue about who was better. But theres nothing else at reading really at all. Live music 12 - 12 then getting pissed in a field. Its not glasto with all the randomness to the small hours, which is why once the music stops at reading it usually goes a bit mental!
    life_247
    Last years crowd was awful. And not cause it was full of wasted teens or coked up yuppies. As for people getting seriously injured it has happened a lot before, hence the ban on gas canisters. These are just for sunday night, so its not too much of a big deal. Who went out of the campsite after 6pm on sunday anyways???? And to be honest everyones campfire got a bit silly on sunday and got put out anyways
    MoreNoise
    reesy wrote: I've been to Reading the past 5 years, not going this year mainly due to last year's crowd. It's getting younger and younger every year and now these 15 year old twats have destroyed it for the older generation. People go to watch the music and have a good time, these kids just go to cause trouble. Ban them not alcohol and bonfires.
    This. I've been a couple of times in the last few years, and the worst part about it is all the wasted teens who've probably never been away from home or had a beer before, and just go mad and ruin it for everyone. Things always go crazy on the Sunday night, and it's only a matter of time before a bunch of people get seriously injured or worse. It's not an enjoyable atmosphere, it's annoying and just spoils a decent weekend. It's a shame really - there are plenty of people capable of getting drunk around a campfire WITHOUT turning into an angry mob that just pisses everyone else off. Oh and good riddance to the flags as well. Who the hell even decides to carry one of those around, apart from the most pathetic attention seekers? No one cares about your stupid flag. You don't look cool, and everyone behind you hates you.
    Sabscope
    roldilocks wrote: apparently the festival organisers failed to realize that people were having an excellent time last year.
    Except for those caught in fights between retarded camp security and moronic 'music fans' who like beating people up. Or those who's tents were trampled. Or set on fire. Or who couldn't see the stage because there were selfish twats with flags in the way. The atmosphere at Reading fest is hostile, cynical and selfish compared to other festivals.
    jimmypagejunior
    When I saw the title, I thought "Reading" as in "to read a book". What is the world coming to? Lmao...
    roldilocks
    apparently the festival organisers failed to realize that people were having an excellent time last year.
    tsunami bomb
    Grimriffer wrote: That's what you get for going to a Blink-182 concert!
    haha hopefully josh beating the shit outta axl on stage will happen
    kthxbi
    stueey wrote: The Sunday nights are so ****ing scary man. I've seen messed up shit, it's not just the people camping, its the security guards too, they are n00bs and don't know how to crowd control, they just swear at you. I threw a glow sticks at my mate, hit him in the head, next thing I know wake up on the floor with a scottish security guard screaming in my ear... And don't get me started on people throwing tents in fires... Or the naked dude that pissed himself and ran through the campsite being chased by guards. And they even stopped a kid reading the last harry potter book to a group of 30 people. THEY STOLE HIS BOOK. The problem isn't entirely the people drunk nobs at Reading, its the security guards with shit attitudes that help provoke them. Besides, this just means people will bring in more drugs. Probably...
    plus f_cking one, couldnt have said it better myself
    24murraygnr
    But reading sucks?, who wants to pay 150 to see All time low and youmeatsix while Sober. And now you cant even sit them on fire when their shit sets finish.
    HiicpRN
    shAttErEd*fOcUs wrote: music would not exist without booze and fire
    Everything is prettier on fire /nod...
    Ponomar
    Recently I went to the Sonisphere Festival in Prague, and everyone there was completely drunk! I mean everyone! A lot of people were just passed out in random places. Why pay so much money for a ticket and just fall asleep at the show?
    conortheshreder
    whats the point?? what we need is the government to man up!! get rid of all these rules, and give the police more power instead of them just filling in forms they could be preventing crime, The system is truly messed up!!!
    Lemoninfluence
    sparkeyjames wrote: If this hasn't been said already. NANNY STATE says be a good little citizen. Next up banning the concerts because the noise levels are too high and might damage your hearing.
    Actually, It's got nothing to do with the nanny state. This is a private organisation trying to protect itself from the inevitable middle-class spoilt kid lawsuit after he ends up on fire or some shit. I'm hoping this ban will work but I can't see how they're going to enforce it.
    coco-axeman
    LOLs for the cultured, calm drunks.... "serves you right" for the uncouth, *****-ish drunks
    MightyAl
    nimrod_hahahaha wrote: good, maybe they'll allow fires back when people can stop acting like douchebags at the end of the festival.
    +1
    Chozodragon
    nimrod_hahahaha wrote: good, maybe they'll allow fires back when people can stop acting like douchebags at the end of the festival.
    Skuzzmo
    soaum wrote: I am quite amazed that this hasen't happened sooner. I have been going to reading for the last ten years and it really has gotten bad in the last few years. The annoying thing is when your leaving the site theres a que of mums and dads driving shiney new mercs and bmw's waiting to pick up their spoilt little trouble making kids who want to be chavs for a few days and destroy things. maybe they should seperate the campsites and let people over 21 have a different wristband so they can enjoy themselves and the under 21's can follow all these shitty rules.
    Yes, because everyone under 21 is one of these trouble making bastards.... hmmmm, don't think so
    stndrdprcdre
    I think it's a great idea. The only people that will be discouraged by these new rules are probably the ones who intend to act like a**holes and ruin the experience for others. The people who are happy about it or simply don't care are going for the music, not the bull****.
    sparkeyjames
    If this hasn't been said already. NANNY STATE says be a good little citizen. Next up banning the concerts because the noise levels are too high and might damage your hearing.
    VanTheKraut
    How pathetic? They do it or the same reason that we riot after football matches. For a good time. Now I don't endorse burning other peoples hard earned belongings. But the mob mentality and feeling of chaos is one that brings a lot of fun to some people.
    Mike_Atherton wrote: cambo187 : These restrictions are probably a good thing this year...the lineup is so god awful that people are going to want to get hammered and burn shit on Sunday night How pathetic must ap erosn be if they go to a festival where alot of bands arep alying that they don't like just to do this? These resitrctions wont help at all, people will still smuggle drink in and wreck the place because those people are going to do it no matter what and it ruins it for everyone else. The only way the riots would be curtailed would be if these people avtually developed respect for other peoples property and other people....however this is an incredibly difficult and slow job
    ParasiticTwins
    RJayZ wrote: ParasiticTwins wrote: I Lol'd. Thats is pretty shit for people going, pretty much spits in the face of every fan. What? No it doesn't. What spits in the face of fans are the knobs who go around sunday night setting fire to tents, blowing up gas canisters, causing riots, etc. These measures aren't perfect but at least they're doing something, Reading is by far the worst festival for this kind of thing and it does ruin it somewhat. I'm working there this year so dealing with angry, not-drunk-but-wanting-to-be-drunk people is going to be very fun!
    I could have worded that better. I mean it's unfair on those who do understand moderation and just want to have a good time, and that again drastic actions have to be taken based on the behaviour of a minority.