Dad complains that ‘family-friendly’ Cheshire music festival stank of cannabis

Lee Taylor has hit out at Bluedot Festival over its punters' "extensive and prolific" drug use

A father has criticised a “family-friendly” Cheshire music festival for “having an almost constant smell” of cannabis.

Lee Taylor attended the Bluedot Festival at the Jodrell Bank observatory in Cheshire, located 20 miles south of Manchester, with his partner and six-year-old daughter this past weekend (July 22-24). The event was headlined by Underworld, Jean-Michel Jarre and Caribou.

But Taylor has hit out at the festival today, claiming that his family’s day was ruined by “extensive and prolific” drug use within the festival’s arena.

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, the Stockport-born Taylor said he had spotted a number of festivalgoers smoking throughout the day.

“The last thing I expected at an event that had been billed as being family-friendly was people smoking cannabis and skunk,” Taylor said. “I’m not stupid and could tell the smell a mile off. It wasn’t just one or two people either.”

Taylor also criticised Bluedot’s security personnel for what he felt was an ineffective way of dealing with those who were smoking.

“I’ve been to other music festivals and people were thoroughly searched with sniffer dogs and amnesty bins at the gate. But there was none of that and apart from a quick look inside your bag there didn’t appear to be much in the way of security. And when we informed them they just asked them to stop. But many of them just ignored them or became a bit more discreet.

“It’s just really disappointing,” he continued. “At the end of the day it’s illegal. I would have been within my rights to call the police and tell them I suspected there was drug use in the area but you expect security to handle that. My daughter loves everything to do with space but I would be wary about her bringing her next year because I don’t want her surrounded by that.”

Bluedot have responded to Taylor’s comments by reiterating their zero tolerance approach to illegal substances.

“Organisers work closely with the local police and other agencies to put procedures in place to ensure the event maintains an enjoyable and secure environment for all its customers. A zero tolerance approach to illegal substances is implemented with proactive security measures in place.”