Nitrous oxide ‘not welcome’ at Glastonbury

April 28, 2015

Glastonbury organisers have announced that nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, will not be welcome in the King’s Meadow area of the festival this year.


A statement from Liz Eliot, the co-ordinator of Glastonbury’s Green Fields, claimed that the King’s Meadow area (also known as the Stone Circle) has “lost its way” amid festival-goers using it as a place to take drugs.

“It’s become known as a place where people take nitrous oxide, a damaging drug which pollutes our beautiful field with noise, litter and N2O gas (a greenhouse gas which is 298 times more polluting than carbon dioxide),” Elliot writes. “Nitrous oxide is also dangerous: an exploding canister was the source of a major injury at last year’s Glastonbury.”

Two tonnes of empty nitrous oxide canisters were picked up, by hand, at Glastonbury 2014 and organisers are keen to restore the stone circle to its original purpose; a place representing the major stars of constellation Cygnus.

Foo Fighters and Kanye West headline Glastonbury 2015, with speculation recently mounting over the identity of the third artist joining them at the top of the bill at this year’s festival.