Organisers of this year’s V Festival have commended the efforts of all the agencies involved in supporting on what was another great year for the Staffordshire leg of the event. Agencies including the Police, Ambulance, Fire and Weston Park Management joined organisers in declaring the event’s 20th anniversary weekend, 17 of which have taken place in Staffordshire, a resounding success.
The festival saw one of its wettest years in recent history over the two-day event, but all of the agencies and services involved worked together seamlessly to deliver an enjoyable, but safe environment for all who attended the event.
Chief Executive of Weston Park Foundation, Colin Sweeney commented:“V Festival’s 20th birthday was celebrated by a great crowd at Weston Park this weekend and we look forward to welcoming them back next year.”
Councillor Roger Lees, Cabinet Member for Public Health Protection Services joined Weston Park’s Chief Executive in praising the weekend: “As in previous years, the event ran very smoothly and was extremely successful despite the weather. Our officers worked over the weekend with other agencies to ensure the safety of the public and ensure the festival had a minimal impact on local residents.
“We look forward to welcoming the V Festival back to South Staffordshire next year, and working with the organisers to ensure festival-goers have a safe and happy weekend.”
Over the weekend Staffordshire Police worked closely with organisers and their security to ensure the safety of revellers and all the people working during the weekend event.
Superintendent Elliott Sharrard-Williams, lead event commander, said: “We are very pleased with this year’s policing operation. Our officers, staff and members of the Special Constabulary have again worked closely with event security teams to ensure everyone has been able to enjoy the festival and stay safe.
“I’m pleased to say that crime has again remained low with only 70 crimes reported. There has been an increase in the number of arrests with 30 people arrested, compared with 19 in 2014, for a variety of offences due to the proactive work of the security team and both uniformed and plain clothed officers working with them. Working around the clock, they have also been supported by the road crime team who have been working to support the traffic flow, target known criminals and carrying out road side breath and drugs tests.
“During the festival I issued a warning about two particularly dangerous drugs that had been found on the site. One described as a purple pill with a Louis Vuitton logo, and the other an orange pill with a crown logo. I’m very pleased to say that some revellers with these drugs discarded them in the amnesty bins but our warning stands for those who still may have them.”
The Superintendent added: “This has been a real team effort, event management, security teams and dozens of other partners have worked together to make this weekend such a safe and successful event. This week we will begin planning next year’s event.”
Mark Logan, Head of Showsec added: “We had 1,400 staff working on site across the weekend ensuring the safety of all in attendance at the festival.
“Security staff worked in partnership with the police and promoters to deliver a safe and fun filled weekend for all. Despite the rain, thunder and lightening everyone managed to stay focused on delivering a strong service with thecustomer’s enjoyment at the heart it all.”
After a weekend of challenging weather conditions Ted Wilson, Medical Operations Manager, Venture said: “Despite the potentially hazardous weather conditions we were only called to treat 1,030 people, with 38 cases requiring hospital treatment off site. The majority of incidents dealt with by the medical team were slips and trips, which were mainly due to the weather conditions. Other incidents included wasp stings and fractures, but nothing too serious.
“Once again I’d like to thank St John’s Ambulance and West Midlands Ambulance for the professional support and first class service they’ve provided over the weekend. Plus it was great to see the weather didn’t dampen the spirits of what was a good natured crowd throughout the weekend.”
The number of fire related incidents across the weekend was comparable to 2014, with only 34 fires requiring attention and 44 mobilisations. Mick Jahn, Station Manager, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “The fire safety arrangements this year have further improved, which is very positive and the number of incidents on site was minimal. There were a several small fires that needed addressing, but no more than in previous years and they were all dealt with swiftly.
“There were no occasions where the local fire service was required to visit the site so all in all it has been another successful event in Weston Park and here’s to next year.”
A strategic approach to traffic in and around Weston Park ensured there was minimal congestion in the local area. Onsite Traffic and Parking Manager Mike Rodgers said:“Traffic management this weekend went completely to plan, we set out to reduce the time it takes for festival-goers to get on site and to minimise the impact of the traffic on local roads and the local community and we did just that.”
Each year campers leave behind vast amounts of camping equipment and festival organisers work closely with the Rotary Club to ensure it does not go to waste. Mike Hampson of The Rotary Club said: “We’ve been collecting camping equipment at Weston Park for ten years now and estimate that following this year we will have collected around a total of a million pounds worth, which over the years has been donated to International Aid. So we want to say a big thank you to V Festival organisers and all the parties involved in putting on the Weston Park event for allowing us to be a part of it.”
Festival organiser Andy Redhead shared a final thought on what was a successful weekend for all involved in the Weston Park leg of V Festival: “It’s been a hugely successful event for us once again this year and that’s by no small effort from all of the agencies and services involved in supporting us in the organisation and running of the weekend. So I want to thank them all deeply and look forward to working with them on plans for our 21st birthday year in 2016.”
V Festival fans making their plans for 2016 won’t have to wait too long before getting the chance to purchase tickets, as pre-sale for the festival’s #V21st birthday opens on Friday 28th August at 9.21am. With fans being given the ultimate birthday present of £21 off each of the two days of a weekend ticket, saving them a massive £42. Fans will be able to enjoy this offer via www.vfestival.com.