Research by Request Initiative is published today in the Guardian. Figures obtained via the Freedom of Information act (FOIA) reveal the amount and nature of drug confiscations at ten of the UK’s most popular music festivals.
Ahead of 2012’s festival season, Alex Montague, information manager at Request, obtained figures from constabularies around the country who are responsible for policing the UK’s most high profile live music events. The data spans 2008-2011 and the festivals included:
– Bestival (Hampshire Police)
– Download Festival (Leicestershire Police)
– Glastonbury (Avon and Somerset Constabulary)
– The Isle of Wight Festival (Hampshire Police)
– Leeds Festival (West Yorkshire Police)
– Reading Festival (Thames Valley Police)
– Sonisphere (Hertfordshire Police)
– V Festival (Staffordshire Police)
– Wireless Festival (Metropolitan Police)
– Womad (Wiltshire Police).
The Guardian’s Ben Quinn and John Burn-Murdoch have reported on the data gathered under the headline Revealed: types and quantities of drugs seized by police at UK music festivals. Further analysis is available on the Guardian’s Data blog which includes charts of the street value of the seized drugs.
Brendan Montague, executive director of Request Initiative said: “This is the first major research project providing empirical evidence showing the extent and nature of drug taking at national music festivals in the UK and shows that Class A drugs including cocaine and MDMA are still very popular among music fans.”
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