Lucie Blackman Trust
With summer nearly here, the Festival season is soon here as well. The Lucie Blackman Trust has prepared the following tips to ensure you can make the most of the festival experience whilst staying safe too. This information is provided in association with Glastonbury Festival.
The most important drink for you at the Festival is water ! Make sure you drink enough liquid - it's essential for your health. Long waking hours, dancing and summer sun can increase your need. Safe drinking water is often available around the site, and bottled water is available at many stalls. If you're using your hands to drink, wash them first.
Drugs/alcohol cocktails can be lethal. Please take care. Alcohol is more of a feature at Festivals these days compared to 15-20 years ago when perhaps other forms of drug-taking were not so well-policed. Unfortunately some drinkers don't know when they've had enough, and some succumb to peer pressure to drink stupidly. If you think your friends are becoming too wasted, suggest getting some food and an alternative kind of drink. There are plenty to choose from. Don't play puerile macho drinking games : you'll all have a much better Festival if you avoid poisoning yourself with booze, and if no-one throws up in your tent or on you.
Drunk six pints? How long till you're safe to drive? 12 Hours. Don't drive under the influence of drink or drugs when leaving the Festival.
If you are foolish enough to experiment with illegal drugs, a Festival really isn't the place to start. The whole Festival experience is quite surreal and gives your senses enough of a challenge just taking it all in without you confusing them any further. You might get very insecure, paranoid or distressed in large crowds. If drugs are part of your lifestyle you'll know the sense in not buying anything from dealers at a Festival. The likelihood of getting ripped off is high, whether with fake substances or short deals, and with pills, powders and liquids there is a risk that what you buy could be harmful and even life threatening. The police have made big efforts in recent years to crack down on the sale of drugs at Festivals. People do get busted every year, and not only could you get thrown out, you could also get arrested.
Experimenting with drugs can lead to adverse reactions. The crowds and the sheer size of a Festival can be very frightening and disorientating. If you do take drugs and you become ill, depressed or frightened immediately ask a member of Festival staff for help. Look out for your friends, too.
The moment you enter the Festival site, you do not become an indestructible being, capable of anything. So look after yourself, don’t overdo it and, most importantly, look out for others.
Wash your hands regularly. There is more chance of catching an infection in a field than at home.
Take care, especially at night – you can’t dance with a twisted ankle. Prolonged exposure to high volume noise can cause severe hearing damage. Serious sunstroke, sunburn or cancer can be caused by the sun on unprotected skin.
You risk pregnancy and/or infection from unprotected sex. The Lucie Blackman Trust is pleased to be working in this field with Glastonbury Festivals. For more information on what is considered the best of all the festivals, click here.