Boomtown Fair has announced that its drug-testing service will not be going ahead this year.
A statement issued on its website on (August 4), confirms that The Loop, which has been providing a front-of-house drug safety service at Boomtown for the past two years, has been cancelled, due to “ongoing legal complexities”.
The organiser said: “We were informed towards the end of last week, the provision of this service at this year’s festival may no longer be possible.
“Since then, we have been working around the clock with all the key stakeholders to try to find a resolution, however, despite all of our efforts, the ongoing legal complexities has meant that The Loop are unable to provide the front of house drug safety testing element of their valuable and respected services at this year’s event.
“Please remember drugs are illegal and can, and do kill. No drug is ‘safe’.”
The organiser has announced that it will continue to provide extensive medical and welfare support on site and claim that The Loop will still be in attendance, providing expert one-on-one counselling, drug awareness and safety advice for free at this year’s event.
The organiser plans to work with TICTAC, its back-of-house drug testing service provider, to identify harmful substances circulating at the festival and keep those in attendance informed with as much factual information as possible throughout the weekend via social media, the festival app and on the ground.