Reading Festival bans Flags

Melvin Benn – CEO of Festival Republic – has announced that there will be no more flags allowed in front of the main stage at Reading or Leeds festivals this weekend.  In finally banning this very common festival eyesore, Benn has aligned himself with thousands of like-minded punters who have been waiting for this to happen for several years.
Flags at festivals have been around for quite a few years and were once considered to be a unique and quirky part of the landscape – this is of course before thousands of festival goers decided to descend on the main stage – particularly at Glastonbury – with personal comments, regional signs, national emblems and strange objects!

Flags can add to the cultural atmosphere – though sadly because of the massive increase in the last few years – mainly fuelled by TV commercialisation – the numbers now detract  from the visual experience.  Festivals are increasingly expensive and need to offer the punter an untainted experience – besides we’ve enjoyed great music festivals for the last 4o years without flags – so do we really need them anyway?


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