24 UK festivals ban sale of 'legal highs'

Bestival, T In The Park, Lovebox and Sonisphere are amongst those participating in the ban

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24 UK festivals have banned 'legal highs'.

The Association of Independent Festivals, which includes Bestival, T In The Park, Lovebox and Sonisphere, have banned the sale of legal highs by on-site traders at their events this summer, reports BBC News. Scroll down for a full list of participating festivals.

Ben Turner, the AIF's co-founder and vice-chairman, has commented: "Legal highs are a serious concern for any festival organiser and the issue is only going to get bigger. Banning it at our festivals is only part of the battle however, we need to make fans aware of the dangers of legal highs and help them make safer choices when having fun on-site."

The BBC reports that 68 people died after taking legal highs in 2012. To draw awareness to dangers of legal highs, the websites of all members of the Association of Independent Festivals will be taking part in a 24 hour 'digital blackout' tomorrow (May 5), where the websites of each festival will be down, aside from hosting the message "Don't be in the Dark about Legal Highs".

The festivals participating in the ban are:

T in the Park
Bestival
Lovebox
Global Gathering
Secret Garden Party
Sonisphere
We Are FSTVL
2000trees
ArcTanGent
Kendal Calling
Festibelly
Blissfields
Truck
Brownstock
Y Not Festival
Tramlines
Belladrum Tartan Heart
Leefest
Nozstock
Wakestock
Shambala
Glasgow Summer Sessions
Parklife
Eden Sessions

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