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Festival Safety

Summer has finally arrived in Scotland and with the warm weather (we hope!), comes Scotland’s annual music festival experience. 

There’s a host of great festivals to choose from over the months of July, August and September and we want to ensure you have a great experience and stay safe whilst enjoying your favourite bands.

What festivals are taking place this year?

Filling the gap left by T in the Park is the arrival of TRNSMT Festival between Friday 7th and 9th July at Glasgow Green. It features headline slots from some of the world’s most well renowned bands including Radiohead, Stormzy, Kasabian, The 1975 and - Scotland’s favourites - Biffy Clyro.

We also welcome back many of Scotland’s festival favourites across our wee country. Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival - by Beauly in the Highlands - has established itself as one of Scotland’s best festivals in recent years. Acts including indie rockers Franz Ferdinand and The Pretenders will stand by you from Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th August.

Scotlands festivals 2017 mapped.

80s inspired Rewind Festival takes place on the weekend of July 21st-23rd at Scone Palace in Perthshire, Party at the Palace in Linlithgow on the 12th and 13th August, with the same weekend playing host to Carnival Fifty Six Festival in Dundee. For the first time ever, we have included the Edinburgh International Festival as part of our campaign, with a three week programme of arts, comedy, musical and theatre in Scotland’s Capital.

To end the summer we have Electric Fields Festival on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd September in Dumfries & Galloway. The crowd will be going bonkers (sorry, we couldn’t resist…) to Dizzee Rascal and getting old, old fashioned to fellow headliners Frightened Rabbit.

How can I stay safe?

Look after your valuables

Losing or having your possessions stolen at a festival can be an absolute nightmare and it’s important that you take only what you need, keeping your items secure and staying alert for any pickpockets.

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Before you go, why not record the details of your mobile phone, camera and tablet on the National Mobile Property Register, immobilise.com.

Also remember that if you’re bringing a car to not leave valuables on display for potential thieves to see and steal, whilst you should stay alert at cash machines.

Be aware that antisocial behaviour won’t tolerated

By all means, have a great time but don’t let it be at the expense of other people! Put the shoe on the other foot and respect local residents and other festival goers and they’ll show the same respect back.

Carrying a weapon in a public space is an offence and you will be arrested if you are caught in possession. Likewise, letting off smoke canisters, pellets, flares or other pyrotechnics won’t be tolerated.

Know the risks of taking drugs

We repeat the same messages in relation to drugs at festivals yearly, but this is for very good reason - every year people die, are harmed or arrested, with life changing consequences because of illegal substances.

New Psychoactive Substances (mistakenly referred to as ‘legal highs’) are dangerous and there’s no ‘safe’ way to take them as you can never be sure of what’s in these drugs or how they will affect you.

It is an offence to be in possession of a controlled substance and you will be arrested and charged if caught. It simply isn’t worth the risk.

If you do feel unwell after taking a substance seek medical assistance immediately.

Look out for you and your friends’ personal safety

Stick with your mates and let each other know where you are going. If there’s a chance you could be separated from your friends – be it a trip to the toilet, the bar or you anticipate losing them during a set – it’s always best to have a prearranged meeting point. Stick to busy areas and leave no man or woman behind!

Foreign festivals graphic with quote

'Whether you are going to a festival at home or abroad the same rules apply, look after your personal safety and those around you, drink sensibly and remember there is no safe way to take drugs'. Allan Elderbrant, Detective Inspector, Safer Communities.

People under the influence of drink or drugs are more vulnerable and easier targets for criminals. If your friend is in a bad state, look after them, don’t let them disappear and seek medical attention if required.

Don’t engage in any sexual activity with anyone who does not or in unable to give their consent due to being under the influence of drink or drugs. In Scots Law this is rape.

It’s also important to be vigilant and if you do see anything suspicious at the festival report it immediately. You can emergency dial 999, call the police on 101 or report anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Make your travel arrangements in advance

A fairly obvious point but an important one nonetheless. Plan your travel in advance, leave plenty of time to get to the festival, remember that roads will be busy, as will trains and buses.

If you’re driving home from the festival, it’s important to be aware of the new reduced drink drive limit – alcohol can still be in your system from the night before so don’t drink too much if you’re planning on driving.