Reading And Leeds Festival organisers issue warning about contaminated ketamine

'Do not bring, take or buy any drugs on site,' says warning

Reading And Leeds Festivals organizers have issued a warning to punters after “contaminated ketamine” was found on the site.

Communicating with festivalgoers via their @OfficialRandL Twitter account, they instructed fans at both sites to refrain from purchasing or taking narcotics over the weekend.

They wrote:

Beware! There is contaminated ketamine on site. Do not bring, take or buy any drugs on site. Be safe and enjoy the great line-up!


According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, at least two people are thought to have been taken ill after using a contaminated batch of the drug, and five men, aged 18 to 25, have already been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “Security checks on your way into the site will be stringent and staff are adept at finding drug stashes.The law at Leeds Festival has to be enforced, just as it would be any other part of the country.”

“Anyone found with a suspicious substance will be arrested and taken from the site while tests are undertaken to ascertain the exact nature of a powder or tablet,” they added.

Reading And Leeds Festivals 2012 got underway earlier today. Topping the bill in Leeds today (August 24) are Foo Fighters, The Black Keys and a homecoming show from Kaiser Chiefs. Justice, The Horrors and Two Door Cinema Club are also set to appear on the NME/Radio 1 Stage.

Over on the Reading Main Stage, meanwhile, The Cure will make their first appearance at Reading Festival in 33 years tonight. Robert Smith and his band will top tonight’s bill, playing a two-and-a-half hour set which will draw material from across their career. Paramore play beneath The Cure, on a Main Stage bill that also includes Bombay Bicycle Club, You Me At Six, Crystal Castles and Deaf Havana.

Reading And Leeds Festivals 2012 in photos


Stay tuned to our Reading And Leeds Festivals hub for news reports, reviews, videos and photos from both sites all weekend.

To read the ultimate Reading And Leeds Festivals review, pick up the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands from Wednesday (August 29) or available digitally. If you’re at Reading or Leeds this weekend, be sure to Tweet or Instagram your pictures to #NMEreading and #NMEleeds and the best will make next week’s issue.