Falls Festival is set to implement a new ban on “large bags” while also increasing security and police presence at its events this summer.
Organisers have announced that Falls-goers will only be able to bring small carry bags (no bigger than an A4 piece of paper) into the event areas this year, and there will be some other security changes too.
“Not allowing large bags into event spaces is a standard practice at most large venues now; the current climate and recent events call for it,” Falls Festival co-producer Paul Piticco tells Music Feeds.
“As well as the no large bag policy, [we] will have increased police, security, vehicle searches, and wanding at event entry points at all Falls sites this year.”
The new bag ban has already angered some ticket-holders, but organisers have assured them there will be an exception for “essential medical items”.
“We are working with relevant security organisations, police and other specialist organisations to ensure the safety of our patrons,” says Piticco.
Falls’ new bag ban comes after Ariana Grande banned “bags of all sizes” from her Australian tour earlier this year, following the Manchester Arena bombing.
Falls Festival is set to kick off in Lorne later this month, before heading to Marion Bay, Byron Bay and Fremantle. Peep the full festival lineup and set times right here.
This year at #fallsfestival you will only be able to bring in small carry bags to the event areas (no bigger than A4 paper). Please leave larger bags at your campsites or home pic.twitter.com/Dol7GGJUZx
— Falls Festival (@fallsofficial) December 19, 2017