Big Love Festival. 18th-21st July 2024. Usk, South Wales.

Safety, Drugs and How To Get Help

Harassment and abuse of staff or guests

Big Love is a super-inclusive, friendly event. We operate a strict zero-tolerance policy towards harassment, discrimination or abuse of our attendees or team. We will not put up with hate speech or abuse on any grounds, including race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion or nationality. We reserve the right to eject anyone from the festival for this or similar intimidating behaviour.

Medical facilities

We have an experienced medical team on site, 24 hours a day. If you are hurt, or feel unwell or upset, please visit their facilities. Please ask stewards or security for directions.

What about security?

Our SIA-registered security team is there to keep everyone safe, and as long as you’re playing by the rules they really are super friendly.

There are security guards patrolling the perimeter and campsites, but please be sensible and leave valuables at home. You are solely responsible for your personal effects and belongings. Any valuables taken on-site are done so at your risk and we accept no responsibility for them.

All guests will be searched for illegal drugs and alcohol on entry. You will need to show photo ID and a copy of your e-ticket matching details on our database in exchange for their wristbands.

Spot checks are carried out to ensure everyone in the campsite and performance arenas has the correct wristband, and security may also check wristbands before people can access the food, drink and entertainment on offer. If your clothing/fancy dress costume obscures your wrist you will still have to show your wristband!

Undercover and uniformed security teams will be patrolling the campsite 24 hours a day.

Any individuals caught attempting to access the festival without tickets or accreditation are trespassing and will be removed immediately from the festival by security or, if need be, the police.

Anyone found in possession of suspected illegal drugs will be ejected from the site and the police informed.

Tips and advice

What should I bring with me?

Bring what and who you’d like to find! Plus…

Photo ID – you’ll need this to get into the festival, and when buying drinks if you’re lucky enough to look under 25, as we operate a ‘challenge 25’ policy on-site.
Don’t forget your ticket (printed or digital) and enough money on your debit card to enjoy some of the amazing food & drinks for the weekend (we don’t have a cash machine on-site, and most vendors only accept card payments).

A torch is recommended, especially if you’re planning to go exploring after dark.

All weather clothing, sun-cream, wellies, sturdy footwear, wizzard’s cape, etc.. Most importantly bring a positive, open vibe… you’ve lucked out, you got a ticket!

If you’ve not booked one of the boutique camping options, please make sure you have a tent to sleep in.

Seriously though, the festival takes place in the countryside – the ground can be slippery and uneven, especially in the woods, so please wear appropriate footwear.

July’s weather can be unpredictable – in 2022 we had temperatures in the high 30s, and people wandering around in bikinis, but even then the nights can get cold. Please bring warm clothes just in case. If you feel seriously cold or unwell, please speak to security or stewards or the medical team.

What is the terrain like?

The festival takes place in the Welsh countryside, on what is normally a large working farm. Paths and fields can be muddy and uneven. There are also woods with uneven trails, and the site can be rough around the edges. Please wear suitable sturdy footwear – not just flip flops!

We recommend bringing a torch to help you walk around safely after dark.

Although we celebrate freedom, we ask you to be mindful when mucking about! Be sensible and look after yourself and one another.

Do you allow nudity?

Big Love Festival’s policy on nudity aims to balance a supportive approach to an individual’s wish to feel free and safe to choose to be without clothes, and wider considerations about everyone’s comfort and safety.

As part of our general approach to sexual safety, and a commitment to ensuring everyone’s comfort, nudity is not permitted in indoor venues or dense crowds, nor in or near children’s areas due to the anonymity these environments provide for those who may not be acting respectfully or within the law.

We reserve the right to ask anyone, at any time to either put on clothes or exit a space or area. If someone’s state of nudity is regarded as sexually inappropriate, we will ask them to cover themselves and if this request is not followed, the person will be asked to leave the site.

Drugs and ‘legal highs’

Can I bring drugs to Big Love?

Big Love festival has a zero-tolerance approach to illegal drugs, so please do not bring illegal drugs to the site. All persons entering the event will be subject to searches by security; any suspected drugs will be confiscated by security, the police informed, and people in possession of suspected drugs may be ejected from the site.

Can I bring ‘legal highs’ to Big Love?

So-called ‘legal highs’ are not allowed on site, and will be confiscated by security if found, and the holder ejected from the site.

Can I bring NOS/nitrous oxide/laughing gas to Big Love?

Nitrous oxide, sometimes known as NOS or laughing gas is not allowed on site, and will be confiscated by security if found.

Nitrous oxide canisters are terrible for the environment and can cause harm to the livestock normally on the Big Love site.

Additionally nitrous oxide is covered by the Psychoactive Substances Act and is illegal to supply for its psychoactive effect.

Can I speak to someone if I’m worried about drugs or feel unwell?

We have friendly, non-judgemental medical team on site 24 hours a day. If you feel anxious, unwell or would like to talk to someone about drugs, please visit the wellbeing team. They’re always happy to chat confidentially over a cup of tea.

You can also find advice about drugs on the Talk To Frank website.