UK dance, rap, grime and arts festival MADE has announced it will allow drug testing and counseling on-site this year. MADE has teamed up with drug testing and education non-profit The Loop to administer the testing and counseling.
The festival wants everyone to know (wink wink insurance companies & police), that they still have a strict no drugs policy and does not condone illegal drug use, but will allow testing as part of a harm reduction strategy. After all, having people test drugs and getting rid of them when they find out it is laced with fentanyl or something else is infinitely better than a dead patron. It is time that everyone realizes that.
“The safety of our customers is our top priority. We are pleased to be working in collaboration with The Loop, West Midlands Police, the Police and Crime Commissioner and Birmingham City Council to create a safe and enjoyable experience for all who attend,” says Pete Jordan, MADE Festival’s Festival Director in a statement. “MADE Festival maintains its anti-drug stance, and we strongly urge people not to bring illegal substances to the event.”
MADE Festival will host artists such as Dizzee Rascal, DJ EZ, Kurupt FM, Andy C, DJ Q, Chris Lorenzo, Camelphat, DJ Zinc and others over six different stages on Saturday, July 28. It will take place at Perry Park in Birmingham, England.