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Glastonbury Festival announces laughing gas ban

Nitrous oxide has overwhelmed the King's Meadow area


Glastonbury Festival nitrous oxide, laughing gas ban Photo: WENN

Glastonbury Festival has announced that nitrous oxide, AKA laughing gas, will not be permitted on the site this year.

The gas is frequently used in the festival's King's Meadow area, which is also known as the stone circle and is described as Glastonbury's "sacred space." Two tonnes of empty canisters were picked up from the area last year.

In a statement published on the festival's official website, Glastonbury's Green Fields coordinator Liz Eliot wrote, "Sadly the King’s Meadow has lost its way. It’s become known as a place where people take nitrous oxide, a damaging drug which pollutes our beautiful field with noise, litter and N2O gas (a greenhouse gas which is 298 times more polluting than carbon dioxide). Nitrous oxide is also dangerous: an exploding canister was the source of a major injury at last year’s Glastonbury."

She added, "Now is the time to reclaim the spirit and lighten up the energies. Nitrous oxide will not be welcome in the King’s Meadow at Glastonbury 2015, and we will be asking people not to use it." 

Meanwhile, the third and final headliner, who will join Foo Fighters and Kanye West, is yet to be announced, however organiser Michael Eavis has revealed that the next big Glasto announcement will be on 1 June - and will involve 'two British artists. 

Daughter and co-organiser Emily Eavis then clarified speculation around her father's comments, adding "any truth to the rumours of a Sunday night charity super group arranged by Chris Martin". She tweeted back "ah, don't get confused by the two bands together story! We are announcing one band as headliner but a great penultimate too.."

Glastonbury 2015 takes place at Worthy Farm from 24 - 28 June. Other rumoured headliners including Coldplay, Stone Roses, Fleetwood Mac, Blur, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Taylor Swift, Queen and more.

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