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Kendal Calling issues ‘Festival Safe’ advice for 2018

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Later this week the sold-out 2018 edition of the award-winning Kendal Calling festival will welcome over 25,000 music fans from all over the UK and beyond to Cumbria for another fantastic weekend of music, arts and culture.

To help everyone coming to the stunning grounds of Lowther Deer Park make the most of the weekend safely and securely, the organisers have teamed up with the new Festival Safe campaign to provide simple and practical advice to festival veterans and first-timers alike

Festival Safe includes advice on:

  • What to expect and how to plan for a festival including kit lists, travel planning and avoiding ticket fraud
  • Choosing the right tent and location plus camping tips, including fire safety advice
  • Guides to the law and harm reduction regarding alcohol and other drugs
  • General health advice with specific sections on sexual and mental health
  • Taking precautions against theft, personal safety, sexual assault, drink driving, counter terrorism and other crime
  • Looking after children at festivals including safeguarding, supervision & suitable spaces

Kendal Calling Festival Director Andy Smith said: “Kendal Calling is a gathering of some of the loveliest people on the planet, coming together to enjoy a weekend of amazing music and fun in the fields.  Our number one priority is always the safety and welfare of everyone on site with us and we are delighted to team up with Festival Safe to ensure all festival goers have the most up to date information to enhance their festival experience.

This supports our wider work with Cumbria Police, St John’s Ambulance, the local authorities, our event management, production, security, stewarding and welfare partners to provide a safe and friendly environment for the entire Kendal Calling family.

For up to date Kendal Calling event information before and during the festival, follow @inthefieldsLIVE on Twitter.

Festival goers can follow Festival Safe on Instagram @festivalsafe and #festivalsafe across social media.

Kendal Calling continues to operates a PPP approach to drugs:

Prevent illegal drugs getting on site

Pursue anyone suspected of supplying drugs

Protect our festival goers

For the third year, independent drugs advice service The Loop will be on site to help protect festival goers and make informed choices through Multi Agency Safety Testing (MAST).

Substances of concern can be taken to The Loop advice point within the festival site for testing using a range of laboratory techniques. Results will be given to festival-goers as part of a free, confidential information package by trained and experienced drugs workers.

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