A freedom of information request has revealed arrests at Glastonbury Festival in 2015 were dramatically down, both in terms of drugs arrests and crime in general.
Perhaps the starkest figure revealed by The Bristol Posts’ request surrounding drug seizure figures shows that 1,639grams of cannabis bush were confiscated compared to 7,600grams in 2010. While 80 doses of LSD were confiscated by police in 2010, none at all were found in 2015. Ecstasy, in contrast, saw a huge rise, from 40 tablets back in 2010 to 880 last year.
There were 54 arrests for drug related offences in 2015, compared to 125 back in 2010. Crime levels in general were also down, with 236 crimes in total reported to police at Glastonbury, compared to a total of 453 at the 2013 event. 168 of the reports related to theft, while there were 12 reports of violence.
The policing at Glastonbury has often been described as “friendly”, with the Avon and Somerset force following a “policing by consent” policy.
Glastonbury 2016 is already long since sold out, with organiser Emily Eavis having revealed late in 2015 that more than 80% of bookings were in place.
Eavis said in November: “We are about 80% of the way there already. We are so lucky at the moment to have so many huge bands touring and wanting to play. That’s one of the reasons we are doing a festival in 2017 [according to the normal cycle, 2017 would be scheduled to be a fallow year] – we already have the headliners pencilled in for that too, which is unusual.”
“I feel quite passionately that there are enough headliners for at least another 15 years and that doesn’t take into account the new bands coming through, of which there are more all the time. There’s so much great music out there,” she continues.
There are still ways to attend the 2016 event, with a few tickets likely to become available through the usual late resale, as they do most years, and access also available in exchange for various types of work.