Reading Festival has a very strict eviction policy for everyone attending the massive event.
Working in partnership with Thames Valley Police, festival organisers review the eviction policy each year and have now released the rules for the 2018 weekend.
The festival kicks off on Friday, August 24 and runs until Sunday, August 26 – although campers will begin arriving bright and early on Thursday and not leaving until Monday morning.
If you are going to the event in Reading, Berkshire this year you are going to want to make sure you behave yourself because no one wants to spend close to £200 on a ticket and get kicked out on the first night.
Especially as it will mean missing an incredible lineup and some amazing headliners including Kings of Leon and Kendrick Lamar.
Organisers give eight reasons why music lovers may see their wristbands being snipped off, although they add that unacceptable behaviour is not limited to this list.
1. Illegal activity
Hundreds of police officers will be at the Festival in Reading. Credit: getreading
This can include any manner of things, from drug use and underage drinking to violence and theft.
Basically, just don’t do anything that would constitute breaking the law.
2. Throwing of objects in the direction of people
Obviously if you’re chucking around a hilariously crude inflatable it’s unlikely you’ll be asked to leave.
But don’t go around lobbing deck chairs at people.
You also shouldn’t throw anything – particularly highly flammable materials – into fires. It’s just dumb.
3. Encouraging others to behave badly by incitement
Fun finger painting won’t be frowned upon. Credit:UGC
We imagine standing around two brawlers screaming “FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!” would be an issue here.
4. Offensive behaviour
Think of the rowdy drunk person who goes around picking fights or has lost their clothes and are being a general nuisance.
This is bound to happen on occasion, just don’t take it too far.
5. Taking tents with the intent of burning them
Another really stupid thing to do – and if the grass is bone dry your a bonfire is like to spread when not taken care of.
The smoke will be toxic and foul and you’re just ruining someone else’s fun.
6. Preventing security or emergency services reacting to a situation
There will be a range of safety officers, first responders and police on the scene. Credit: getreading
This is plain stupid and could have life-threatening consequences. So just don’t do it.
7. Building large bonfires
We all know the temptation that comes with fire, especially if it’s a particularly cold night.
It’s part of our human make-up, building fires is a survival instinct.
But keep it sensible, if it got out of control you’d have nowhere to sleep and someone could be seriously harmed.
8. Any fire in the campsites after 8pm on Sunday night
A few years ago Reading Festival banned any fire after 8pm on Sunday night. If you’re caught building one you could be thrown out and spend your last night sleeping on the corner outside of the festival site.
Here’s what the organisers say:
Festival goers are encouraged to have a great time, but stay safe. Credit: getreading
“We have two eviction tents at the festival which are managed by an independent contractor under the name WAVES.
“They will independently assess each eviction based on the evidence and report provided by the escorting security. The festival-goer will have their details and photo taken.
“The festival-goer will be given a chance to make a statement, before any decision is made.
“With the provided evidence and report, WAVES will assess and decide to issue either a warning and let the individual back into the event, or they will take the wristband off and get security personnel to evict them from the site.
“If you are evicted, you will not be permitted back to your tent to collect your belongings. Instead, you will be offered a phone call to a friend or family member on site who will have to pack down your stuff and take it home for you.
A police officer helps a festival goer with her camping gear. Credit: getty
“If evicted, the festival-goer will be escorted off the site onto Richfield Avenue, where they will have to make their own way home (either by using the taxi ranks, shuttle bus or walking to the train station).”
“They will not be allowed back into the event at all. We will record behaviour for evidential purpose using CCTV cameras around the site and other recording devices.
“By choosing to come to the festival site, this will be seen as acceptance of this and any footage will be given to the police for court purposes.”
If you are heading to Reading Festival we have lots of information from the full line up to how to survive the festival, what essentials you should be packing and the shocking 10,000 germs that are found on festival wristbands.
For all that information and more, head to the dedicated Reading Festival Homepage.
Credit: Khadija Taboada, Get Reading