Poll result: NME readers do not want to see pyrotechnic flares banned from music festivals

Poll discovers that over 60 percent of readers do not want stricter rules over usage of coloured flares

NME readers have come out in support of flares at music festivals, despite reports of people throwing the devices at The Libertines’ London Hyde Park show last weekend.

Among the hundreds of emails NME received from readers caught in crowd crushes at the show were reports of fans being bruised, singed and even momentarily blinded by flares.

However, faced with the question ‘Should festivals be doing more to ban flares?’, over 60% of readers answered “no”. Over 2,000 people answered the question with 1,373 voters arguing that festivals do not need to outlaw the devices.

A spokesperson for T In The Park, which takes place in Scotland this weekend, issued this statement to NME earlier this week following the Libertines reports:

“Flares are extremely dangerous and won’t be tolerated at T In The Park. Do not bring them, do not use them or you will be arrested. Every music fan entering the festival is subject to a bag search and anyone attempting to bring flares into the campsite or the arena will have them confiscated and refused entry.”