Britain’s iconic Glastonbury music festival has announced that attendees will face increased security measures following numerous terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom this year, including the London attack on Saturday.
“If you have a ticket, then no doubt your mind is starting to turn to how you’ll get here and what you’ll bring, so we wanted to update you with some extra information about entrance to this year’s Festival, in light of the recent tragic events in Manchester and London,” the festival announced in official guidelines released Monday. “As always, we have put in place all necessary measures to maximise public safety, working closely with the authorities. But Festival goers can also play their part in keeping Glastonbury safe and secure, so we’d very much appreciate it if you’d read and digest this message.”
The guidelines for this year’s festival — which will see appearances from major acts including Radiohead, the Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, the National and Lorde —begin by asking attendees to “pack as light as you can.”
“For security reasons, all ticket holders will be subject to extra searches of their vehicles, their bags and their person at this year’s Festival. This will make entrance slower than in previous years. Please be patient if there are queues, and please cooperate with any security requests and all searches.”
The statement continues:
There will be separate search lanes for those with large luggage and trolleys, and we anticipate that these lanes will be significantly slower. So, please think: do you really need that camping chair? Can you manage without that extra food and drink? Remember, you can buy pretty much anything you need here on site.
We would also ask you to put luggage tags on all of your bags and belongings with your name and mobile number, so that we can identify them as yours.
The festival also advised attendees not to wrap their luggage in plastic, hinting that every bag will be thoroughly searched before admittance.
“There will be plenty of staff and police around, so if you have any queries or concerns, please don’t hesitate to speak to them,” concluded the festival in their statement.
In March, five people were killed and around 40 others were injured after an Islamic terrorist drove into pedestrians in Westminster, London, before exiting his vehicle and stabbing a police officer. On Saturday evening, at least nine people were killed following a terrorist attack on London Bridge.
In May, twenty-two people were killed, including an eight-year-old child, following a suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. Approximately 120 others were injured.
The first Glastonbury festival was held in 1970 and has since morphed into one of the world’s largest pop music festivals, held each year at Worthy Farm in Somerset.