There are a number of great music events and festivals taking place in and around Suffolk in 2015. Some of the events in May include:
- Orwell Bluegrass Music Festival – Ipswich – 8/9/10 May
- BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend – Norwich – 23/24 May
- LeeStock Music Festival – Melford Hall – 23/24 May
- Suffolk Show – Trinity Park, Ipswich – 27/28 May
In partnership with Suffolk Police we have produced the ‘staying safe’ messages below. The issues raised are relevant for all outside events:
Consider your own personal safety
Arrange a meeting point and agree a time in case you get separated from your friends. Drink too much and you’re likely to feel disorientated. You can’t always rely on mobile phones, so it’s a good idea to make sure you don’t run your battery down completely. Some larger festivals may have recharging points.
- Stick with friends and if you are camping, don’t go back to your tent alone
- Enjoy the Festival/Event, but look after yourself and your friends
- Keep hydrated and wear suitable clothing, taking into consideration the weather forecast.
Moderate your alcohol consumption
The best way to avoid problems from alcohol is to stay within the recommended limits. So keep a count of what you are drinking. Recognise when you’re drinking too quickly. Sometimes you might just be thirsty rather than really wanting an alcoholic drink. Don’t ruin your enjoyment of the festival by overdoing it and if the festival goes on for more than one day, give your body a break from the booze on at least one of the days and avoid morning drinking altogether.
- Think When You Drink: alcohol affects everyone in very different ways.
“Think Again before you drink another drop”
- Think Fights: alcohol can make people more aggressive
- Know Your Alcohol Limit: and stick to it. Importantly, don’t drink and drive, even the morning after as you may still be over the limit.
- Spiking: never leave your drinks unattended, even soft drinks get spiked
- Time to Stop: If you have sex without the other person’s consent you could end up going to prison for rape. Just like with alcohol, you need to know when to stop! Saying no means the same in every language
Under the influence of alcohol you are more likely to find yourself in a vulnerable situation
Look After Your Valuables
Concerts and Festivals are not hotbeds of crime, but thefts do happen. They are more likely to occur if you have had lots of alcohol and you may not be aware of what’s going on around you.
If you are planning on camping at any of these or future events, check out ROSPA’s safety advice.
Try not to bring valuables like mp3 players or jewellery with you.
- Don’t carry your wallet or phone in your back pocket
- Do not leave valuables in your tent
- If you do leave things of value in your car put them out of sight in the boot and make sure you lock your vehicle
Please take some time to consider your personal safety and remain vigilant so you don’t become a victim of theft or any other crime. Report any suspicious persons to a member of security at the event or to the Camp site Assistance Team. There are usually a number of Festival and Town Pastors also in attendance at many of the larger events. These are people who will help anyone who needs assistance.