We have seen far too much tragedy at festivals and nights across the UK in recent times. And the worst thing about it has been a kind of avoidance of admitting it. Luckily, organisations like Loop have taken upon themselves to help protect revelers as they go an enjoy themselves.
The fact is that drugs are widely taken, so it’s just good to see festivals making sure people have the support they need, without condoning illegal substances themselves.
Boomtown is going to be brilliant AND safe this year!
The full information is below…Also big props to Secret Garden Party for a similar program this weekend.
Boomtown has announced an all encompassing approach to the drugs policy for this year’s event taking place over 10th – 13th August at the Matterley Estate, Hampshire. The sold out 60,000 capacity festival is taking extensive action to increase drug awareness, education, and promote harm reduction through a variety of methods including; substance testing with The Loop, trained drug counsellors at each of the campsite hubs to help educate and support young festival goers and pre-event awareness campaigns to reach out directly to attendees to discuss messages that could have the biggest impact to further promote messages of harm reduction and safety.
After making their debut last year at Kendal Calling and Secret Garden Party, 2017 has seen The Loop invited to many more festivals, with Boomtown joining a full roster of other events for the 2017 season:
Professor Fiona Measham, founder of The Loop, said:
“We are delighted to be able to work in partnership with Boomtown this year to help reduce drug-related harm on site. We will be providing our free, anonymous, drug safety testing – MAST – for the first time at Boomtown this year and hope that this will help inform all services on site, as well as festival-goers, who may encounter substances of concern.”
Check out the dedicated page
As part of the pre-event awareness and education Boomtown have a dedicated page on their website highlighting a selection of current dangerous drug trends at festivals and events in the UK, the three main topics discussed are; the severe dangers of drug misuse, effects of mixing drugs (polydrug use), including prescription drugs, and increased strength of Ecstasy / MDMA. The festival aims to offer non judgemental facts and links in order to support and help people before, during and after the festival.
Let’s work together to avoid the darkness
After the truly heartbreaking experience of too many young people dying across the country at events, night clubs and town centres, through drug related incidents, we want to have an open and honest discussion to make sure we are doing everything in our power to educate, protect and prevent similar incidents occurring at the festival, and beyond, in the future.
There appears to be lack of education when it comes to drug use that, hopefully, with the help of The Loop and the other drug awareness measures we are implementing this year, we can at least make a start on changing the conversation to help better prepare people for the real dangers that drug experimentation poses. Boomtown organisers.