Leeds Festival bans single use vapes ahead of 2023 festival

The biggest festival in Leeds is almost upon us.

With 80,000 muddy welly boots set to walk up to Bramham Park in just over a fortnight’s time, Leeds Festival is outlining a few new changes to this year’s festival.

A new rule for 2023 is that disposable vapes will not be allowed either in the main music site or in the camping area.

The BBC has reported that the ban comes from ‘the festival’s efforts to be more eco-friendly’ with Festival Republic director Melvyn Benn explaining at a Leeds City Council licensing committee last week that the festival is “heavily discouraging the use of them and where they are found they will be taken from people. Refillable vapes will be sold on site.”

This said, the director did not that it would be “impossible” to prevent people from bringing them in, according to the report.

row of disposable vapes in different flavours.
Disposable vapes cannot be brought to the festival this year./ Image: E-Liquids UK via Unsplash

Disposable BBQs have also been banned this year, reportedly to reduce the risk of fires around the site.

The full list of items prohibited from the festival in both the campsite and main arena are as followed:

  • Aerosols over 250ml
  • Air horns and megaphones
  • All gas canisters of any size (including nitrous oxide)
  • Animals other than registered hearing or guide dogs
  • Anything that could reasonably be considered for use as a weaper including oversized lighters or any item which may cause danger, offence or disruption to any other person
  • Blow torches
  • Catapults
  • Chinese, sky or paper lanterns
  • Clothing, garments and items that promote cultural appropriation
  • Disposable BBQs
  • Disposable vapes (refillable vapes are permitted)
  • Drones and other flying devices
  • Excessive amounts of food
  • Firewood / campfires
  • Fireworks / pyrotechnics / flares / distress flares
  • Generators unless in campervans
  • Glass bottles, jars and containers over 100ml
  • Illegal Substances (drugs) and legal highs, herbal highs, new psychoactive substances and unidentifiable substances – including Nitrous Oxide
  • Nitrous Oxide and any items associated with the taking of NPS and NOS (including but not limited to balloons, whipped cream dispensers, water crackers / CO2 dispensers)
  • Portable laser equipment and pens
  • Skateboards and rollerblades, hover-boards, scooters, bicycles and other personal motorised and non-motorised vehicles
  • Sound systems other than small portable speaker at campsites
  • Spray cans
  • Unauthorised professional film or video equipment, radios or walkie talkies
  • Unofficial tabards and reflective jackets

There are also a number of items that are prohibited from one area but allowed in others, such as umbrellas, selfie sticks and flags. You can find the full details of what not to bring on the Leeds Festival website here.

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