Glastonbury Festival 2024: Full list of banned and prohibited items ahead of Worthy Farm event

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  • The gates to Glastonbury Festival 2024 are set to open in under two weeks times
  • This year’s event sees headline performances from Dua Lipa, SZA and Coldplay
  • But ahead of packing, there are some items that are prohibited this year, including those used daily

Glastonbury Festival 2024 is a little under two weeks away as revellers start their final countdown to this year’s event at Worthy Farm.

With that in mind, now seems an ideal time more than ever to start double checking you have all the equipment for your tent still available, your travelling itinerary all sorted and the most important thing - remember your tickets to enter the site.

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But like previous years, the festival organisers have gone to publish a list of items that are acceptable to bring to the grounds and a list of things to leave at home - for fear of confiscation or even worse, being escorted off the festival grounds. 

No problem, we hear you saying - no knives, no professional film or audio recording equipment. So long as I have my vapes on hand and my gazebo to gather my group under on the campsite, I’ll be set.

Well, we have news regarding some items you may think should be fine to bring to a festival but have made the list of prohibited and banned items at this year’s event, headlined by Dua Lipa, SZA and Coldplay.

So to avoid embarrassment when the bag searches take place entering Worthy Farm this year, we’ve taken a look at what to bring, what not to bring and in some cases what you can bring but under mitigating circumstances. 

What items are banned or prohibited from bringing to Glastonbury Festival 2024?

Do bring sunscreen and weather-appropriate clothing but forget about bringing your disposable vapes. What is fine to bring to Glastonbury Festival 2024 and what should you leave at home? (Credit: Getty Images/Canva)Do bring sunscreen and weather-appropriate clothing but forget about bringing your disposable vapes. What is fine to bring to Glastonbury Festival 2024 and what should you leave at home? (Credit: Getty Images/Canva)
Do bring sunscreen and weather-appropriate clothing but forget about bringing your disposable vapes. What is fine to bring to Glastonbury Festival 2024 and what should you leave at home? (Credit: Getty Images/Canva) | Getty/Canva

According to the Glastonbury Festival website, they’ve advised revellers not to overpack, given that a lot of stuff you’ll need to take home with you as the festival looks to reduce the amount of waste that occurs at music festivals. 

This also means, sorry vape nation - disposable vapes have also been banned from this year’s Glastonbury Festival, owing to the pollution they cause and can be hazardous at waste centres.

Another surprising item being prohibited from Glastonbury Festival is gazebos, and for good reason.  “They take up valuable tent space in campsites,” the festival writes. “We’d also rather you didn’t put tape around your tent enclosures, please. It makes it harder for other people to get to their tents.”

Full list of prohibited and banned items at Glastonbury Festival 2024

  • Disposable vapes
  • Gazebos
  • Knives
  • Glass (including perfume bottles and mirrors)
  • Excessive packaging (remove any before arriving at the festival grounds)
  • Glitter (including biodegradable)
  • Disposable wipes
  • Portable laser equipment or pens are permitted.
  • Animals (except registered guide dogs).
  • Sound systems or drums.
  • Generators.
  • Sky lanterns, kites, fireworks, flares of any type or wax candles.
  • Portable toilets.
  • Nitrous oxide (laughing gas)
  • Fireworks and pyrotechnics
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/Drones
  • Unauthorised tape recorders, professional film or video equipment. Camera for personal use are welcome.
  • Only food and alcohol for personal consumption can be brought onsite.

Any items that are found during searches into the festival grounds will be confiscated and won’t be returned - an especially important warning for those drone enthusiasts. 

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What items should I be bringing to Glastonbury Festival 2024?

Festival goers carry their belongings as they walk across a field covered in litter at the end of Glastonbury festival in the village of Pilton in Somerset, southwest England, on June 26, 2023.Festival goers carry their belongings as they walk across a field covered in litter at the end of Glastonbury festival in the village of Pilton in Somerset, southwest England, on June 26, 2023.
Festival goers carry their belongings as they walk across a field covered in litter at the end of Glastonbury festival in the village of Pilton in Somerset, southwest England, on June 26, 2023. | AFP via Getty Images

We’ve had the do not, but what about the do? Glastonbury Festival advises that revellers bring the following items with them this year.

  • Festival ticket (of course)
  • Travel tickets if coming by coach/train
  • Personal ID (Original ID documents (not photocopies) are needed for Hospitality tickets, Challenge 21, Lead Booker for coach packages and Sunday tickets. A photocopy of ID is okay if a child is under 12 but looks older)
  • Driving licence (ideally with an up-to-date address, so it – and anything with it – can be posted back to you if lost)
  • Money/cards
  • Mobile phone + battery pack (you can also hire a Vodafone battery pack – simply collect on-site at the Vodafone Connect & Charge and exchange daily for a freshly charged one.)
  • Ear plugs (to protect your hearing and for a good night's sleep)
  • A reusable water bottle (not glass)
  • Sturdy tent and all its relevant components (lines/poles/groundsheet/pegs)
  • Sleeping mat/sleeping bag/duvet/pillow
  • Wellies or sturdy boots
  • Waterproof coat and over trousers
  • Change of weather-appropriate clothing
  • Toiletries including towels/soap
  • Medication (if required - Glastonbury Festival have a policy on medications for those unsure what they can bring)
  • Next of kin notification (hopefully not required)
  • Medical info (allergies etc)
  • Toilet roll
  • Sun cream + hat
  • Contraceptives (have fun - but sensible fun)
  • Spectacles/contacts and solution
  • Torch/batteries/bulbs (spares)
  • Bin bags (for dirty clothing and footwear)

When do gates open for Glastonbury Festival 2024?

Festival gates to Worthy Farm and this year’s Glastonbury Festival open at 8am on Wednesday June 26 2024, however, there will be no amplified entertainment until the following day.

Are you surprised by some of the items banned from Glastonbury Festival this year or are you happy that gazebos will no longer take prime real estate on the campsite? We’d love to know - leave a comment down below or get in contact with the writer at [email protected].

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