They aim to avoid a repeat of the violence which marred last year's festival...
CARLING WEEKEND: LEEDS organisers have unveiled a host of improved security measures in an attempt to stop a repeat of the violent scenes that erupted at the end of last year’s event.
The northern leg of the Carling Weekend has been moved to Bramham Park from Temple Newsam, with festival bosses hoping the new site will mean a new start for the event.
A spokesperson for the festival told NME: “The new measures are part of making the festival safer and more enjoyable. We hope music fans agree that it runs better because of them.
“In return we expect festival goers to respect the local environment and help us to make this year’s event safe and trouble-free. The future of festivals in general is threatened by the behaviour of a tiny majority, so don’t let these few people spoil it for everyone. We are determined to stop the mindless minority tainting the weekend and we need your help to do it.”
Here’s what’s new at this year’s festival:
Instant supermarket – Shops are a fair distance from the campsite so a festival supermarket will be built on site to provide vital provisions.
New toilets – Toilets and camping will be separate this year and the new toilets will be metal, so even if some prick wanted to set fire to it they couldn’t
New Lighting – Extensive lighting will be installed on telegraph poles throughout the camping areas to make them safer at night.
No campfires – No fires will be allowed of any size.
No glass bottles – Plastic bottles are welcome on the campsites but no glass bottles will be allowed. Why you’d be carrying heavy glass bottles in the first place we don’t know – stick to cans.
CATs on site! – New this year are the Campsite Assistance Teams who will have offices at each campsite to help festival goers with information and problems. Their offices will be open from 7am to 11pm. They’ll also be able to help if music fans spot any antisocial behaviour.
Orange are also planning a special phone number to report any disorder. Tickets for Leeds are on sale now.
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