Festival-goers at Splendour in the Grass will be met with heightened security today, with organisers blaming ‘recent events around the world’ for the tough new measures.
For the first time, festival goers will not be able to take backpacks inside the venue because of bomb threats, all vehicles will be searched on the way in, and people will be searched using electronic wands, such as those used at airports.
The festival, which attracts more than 30,000 people each day, will feature more than 100 artists including Queens of The Stone Age, Bernard Fanning, Peking Duk, Sigur Ross and Vance Joy.
It will also feature appearances from counter-terrorism police, who will join more than 150 officers patrolling the Splendour in the Grass site.
Organisers have also warned that drug dogs will be ‘swarming’ over the festival site throughout the three-day event.
Splendour promoter Paul Piticco said the terrorist attack at singer Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester in May, which left 23 dead, was a factor in the new security arrangements.
And while the new security arrangements are expected to slow down the entry of many of the festival goers, organisers said a much improved drop off and pick up area in the southern carkpark would improve access for buses ferrying people to the site.