Glastonbury and T In The Park among festivals set to highlight dangers of ‘legal highs’

Over 40 festival websites will be "blacked out" on Bank Holiday Monday (May 4)

The websites of festivals including Glastonbury and T in the Park will be “blacked out” on Bank Holiday Monday to highlight the dangers of ‘legal highs’ at music festivals.

The blackout will see the regular features of the festival websites replaced with a digital roulette wheel that will read “You Could Lose the Lot on Legal Highs” as part of the Association of Independent Festivals campaign.

The AIF has teamed up with legal highs charity Angelus as part of the campaign and hopes the message will highlight the risky nature of taking legal highs, which can be equivalent or even greater than illegal drugs.

The blackout page will lead to an infographic displaying key statistics, facts and advice about legal highs. This will include information and guidance about nitrous oxide, which earlier this week was declared “not welcome” at Glastonbury 2015.

Paul Reed, General Manager of AIF said, “Following the huge success of this campaign last year we felt that it was important to revisit it in 2015. The dangers of so-called legal highs are still of great concern to our members and anyone involved in staging music festivals. We want all events this summer to be safe, enjoyable environments for music fans. This is an important message and we are very pleased to say that support for this initiative is growing, with over 40 festivals participating this year.”

Over 40 festivals will participate in this year’s black out including Glastonbury, T in the Park, Secret Garden Party, Bestival, Isle of Wight, Lovebox and Parklife to name but a few.