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Banned aid: what you can and can’t take to a festival this summer

Posted at 2:45 pm, May 26, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment

What’s legal and illegal in festival land. Apart from the obvious stuff, duh.

Banned: Manbags

Oddly, in the name of security, Manchesterís Parklife Festival has taken the unusual step of banning man bags this year. The exact legal status of satchels, knapsacks and bumbags are still to be ironed out.

Not banned: Selfie Sticks

Despite being banned by high-profile US festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza, the dreaded narcisstick is free to be waggled aloft by British punters. Yay.

Banned: ‘Legal highs’

The once common site of traders selling legal highs at festivals ended last year, after over 20 festivals including Bestival, T in the Park and Sonisphere banned them.

Not banned: Nitrous oxide

Use of ‘hippie crack” is still legal, despite calls for a ban from Home Office minister Lynne Featherstone. Cue the traditional sound of a British summer – ‘wooooooossh’.

Banned: Native American headdresses

Glastonbury has responded to a Change.org petition calling for an end to their sale onsite, in the interests of not perpetuating a racial stereotype. Good stuff. Now, will someone deal with multiple instances of ‘blacking up’ that we saw at festivals last year?

Not banned: Shouting ‘bollocks’

Reading Festival is famous for over-enthusiastic kids starting a Mexican wave of people shouting ‘bollocks’ across the campsite all night. Usually on the Thursday night, while they’ve still got energy to burn off. If you could all stop it now, that would be great. Thanks.

Ok now you’re ready to book tickets to one of the MANY festivals happening this summer. Find out all you need to know in our festival guide

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