Bestival, Rize, and Leeds Festival will newly begin to offer on-site contraceptive services to their attendees in an effort to ward against unprotected sex, sexually transmitted diseases, and unwanted pregnancies. The events’ decision to extend contraceptive courtesies to ticket holders comes just after SpaSeekers‘ recent research finding that one in sex festival goers has a one night stand.
Traveling pharmacy The Medicine Man will provide sexual counseling and contraceptives to attendees. No prescription will be necessary to obtain drug based contraceptives like the morning after pill.
Festival goers can see how their next event ranks on Tickpick’s list of the most promiscuous festivals, here.
In an effort to widen their harm reduction measures, Bestival will be introducing drug testing facilities at their 2018 event. Taking place in Dorset, England, the British festival will allow attendees to test their drugs for purity and added substances without the fear of legal repercussions.
“In the interests of public safety, Bestival has always strongly advised festival-goers to avoid taking any illegal substances. However, harm reduction and customer welfare are our priorities, so we are working with agencies to explore all public health options to ensure audience choice and safety.”
While harm reduction strategies are often praised within the dance music and festival communities, a zero tolerance policy on drug use tends to pervade the majority of political discourse surrounding the issue. Drug safety group DanceSafe had their tent shut down at Electric Forest Festival in 2015, likely in fear of breaching the United States’ Illicit Drug Anti-Proliferation Act (commonly known as the RAVE Act). With a major events like Bestival taking these first steps in harm reduction, the effects these measures will soon be seen in a large scale festival environment, and hopefully lead to an international discussion of how drug use is treated in the realm of music and beyond.
Bestival, one of the U.K.’s top boutique music festivals, has consistently hosted some of the best acts in dance music at the Isle of Wight and Toronto iterations of the event. The festival is now excited to announce that they will be expanding to Bali, Indonesia for the first time this fall.
It’s difficult to decide which is more impressive: Bestival Bali’s lineup or the venue. Rudimental and Pendulum will headline with DJ sets, alongside what is sure to be an outstanding performance from alt-J. The festival looks to the legends for support, bringing in hip-hop gurus De La Soul and funk music’s spiritual leader George Clinton. Purity Ring, Bag Raiders, and Bestival creator Rob da Bank round out the lineup, with more acts to be announced soon.
Bestival Bali is set to take place over 240 acres of tropical land at Indonesia’s Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park. Surrounded by 80-foot high cliffs, the breathtaking venue may be worth the trip alone. Taking place on September 30 and October 1, the festival promises to be a truly unique musical experience.