drugs and illegal substances


The dealing in or use of illegal drugs is not condoned by Glastonbury Festival. Drug enforcement laws are as applicable on the Festival site as any where else in the country. Police officers will be on-site and will deal with drug offences in accordance with national guidelines. If you deal in drugs, it is likely that you will be arrested. Neither anti-social nor illegal behaviour will be tolerated and participants will leave themselves liable for eviction from the site.

The terms and conditions of entry printed on the back of every ticket state: “You may be searched at the entrance. Any items which the organisers consider may be used in an illegal or offensive manner will be confiscated. Persons suspected of carrying out illegal and / or offensive activities onsite may be searched.”

If you bring drugs with you, you risk having them confiscated and possible eviction from the Festival. And if you buy them on site, you risk getting ripped off; 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 the Festival. People do get busted every year, and the Festival can have offenders thrown off the site, and refused re-admission.

Experimenting with drugs can lead to adverse reactions. The crowds and the sheer size of the Festival can be very frightening and disorientating. If you do take drugs and you become ill, depressed or frightened please ask a steward to direct you to one of the many facilities on site which can help and support you. For more information, read Festival Medical Service’s drugs information page and for more information about drugs, head to talktofrank.com, which is an independent government funded website (NB: Glastonbury is not responsible for the content of external websites).

Please note that nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is a contraband good which, under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016,  is banned at Glastonbury Festival. It is very dangerous to inhale nitrous oxide directly from the canister and if you take too much nitrous oxide you risk falling unconscious and/or suffocating from the lack of oxygen. Please do not bring / use nitrous oxide at Glastonbury Festival.

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