Festival Drugs Policy

DO NOT BRING ANY ILLEGAL OR ‘LEGAL’/’HERBAL’ DRUGS TO THE FESTIVAL. ANYONE FOUND IN THE POSSESSION OF DRUGS WILL FACE REJECTION FROM THE EVENT AT THE GATES AND HANDED OVER TO THAMES VALLEY POLICE.

Our gate staff will be searching for many disallowed and illegal items, including illegal and legal highs/herbal drugs. As per our terms and conditions, you may be bag searched upon entry and exit of the event. This is in line with crime reduction strategies with Thames Valley Police.

The dealing in or use of illegal drugs is not condoned by Festival Republic. It is illegal to take, to buy or to sell drugs. Drug enforcement laws are as applicable on site at the festival, as anywhere else in the country. If you deal in drugs, it is likely that you will be arrested via security and handed over to Thames Valley Police.

There are covert police and security onsite who will take action as appropriate.

Remember that experimenting with drugs can lead to adverse reactions, meaning you could participate in anti-social or illegal behaviour whilst under the influence. This will not be tolerated and you will find yourself liable for eviction from the site.

Adverse reactions can also be extremely disorientating and frightening, especially with the large crowds and stage effects, as well as some severe reactions being fatal. Do not spoil your enjoyment of the event or risk your health by doing drugs.

If for some reason you decide to take drugs and you do become ill, depressed or frightened, make sure you ask a steward to direct you to our welfare tent on Baker Lane in the Yellow campsite. If someone you are with has a bad reaction and requires medical assistance, advise a steward immediately and advise what they have taken – you could save your friend’s life, which is miles better than dumb pride.

Legal and herbal highs

If you look at the packaging you will see that legal/herbal highs are sold with “not for human consumption” marked on the packet. There is good reason for this - their contents are toxic, even the plant based ones, they are untested on humans and they do kill.   68 people died from taking them in 2012

We don’t sell them on site and we ban them from the event, as they are unpredictable and can be dangerous.   

Our medics and the local hospital may not know how best to treat you, as it may not be clear what you have digested.

Please don’t be fooled that they are safe to bring to the event. 

Persons suspected of carrying items which may be used in an offensive or dangerous manner, or carrying out illegal activities within the Arena or other parts of the site may be searched, evicted and/or arrested.