Welcome to the West Yorkshire Police page for the 2019 Leeds Festival.
The dates for the festival this year are: Friday 23rd August – Sunday 25th August at Bramham Park.
In the time leading up to the start of this year's event we will keep you updated with news about the policing operation as well as providing you with loads of hints and tips to ensure you have a safe and good time.
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The Arena will be open on Thursday, 22nd August from 6:00pm to 3:00am, and on Friday, 23rd August through Sunday, 25th August from 10:00am to 3:00am.
General advice on how you can get to the festival can be found on the travel section of the Leeds Festival website
Further advice on travel can be found here: www.gov.uk/government/news/leeds-festival-advice-for-drivers
If you are travelling by car please drive carefully as the routes around the festival site will be busy.
Parking is included within the price of all tickets at Leeds Festival.
Please travel to the A1, M1 or the A1(M) whether you are coming from the north, south, east or west and then follow the signs from the motorway. All routes to Leeds Festival start from the A1(M). Please note that the junction numbers on the A1(M) that we are using changed a few years ago and out of date printed maps, and old sat nav systems may not reflect the correct junction numbering on the ground so follow the signage on the routes rather than checking against a map.
- From A1(M) coming from the South
The route to the festival will be signposted from Junction 41 northbound
- From M1 coming from the South
The route to the festival will be signposted from Junction 42 northbound
- From M62 coming from the East
The route to the festival will be signed from Junction 33 westbound
- From M62 coming from the West
The route to the festival will be signed from Junction 29 eastbound.
- From A1/ A1(M) coming from the North
The route to the festival will be signed from Junction 46 southbound
Drop Off/Pick Up Zones
If you plan on being dropped off at Leeds Festival, or picked up when you are ready to leave, you will need to use the Dedicated Drop Off / Pick Up Zones, located off York Road (A64).
There is no pick up / drop off facility near to Yellow Gate this year.
This area will have dedicated signage with zones A to I along with better lighting to improve public safety. Please do not pre-arrange to meet at specific zones as some zones will open / close dependent on volumes of people and traffic.
Please do not arrange to be dropped off or picked up on any of the other roads surrounding the festival site as these roads are covered by temporary traffic orders, making it an offence to stop a vehicle to drop off or pick up in these areas.
Please use the dedicated safe drop off pick up zones which will be clearly signposted. The surrounding road network may be dark and unlit and may pose a safety risk to pedestrians, the dedicated pick up / drop off zones are well lit and designed to enhance safety for all pedestrians.
A64 One Way System on Sunday/Monday
As per 2018, there will be a one way system effective on the Sunday evening and Monday. The previous one way system on the A64 (York Road) on the Thursday has been removed.
On Sunday 25th and Monday 26th August, the A64 between the Fox and Grapes public house and the A1(M) / A64 roundabout will be closed to all traffic travelling eastbound (i.e. from Leeds to York). The vehicle turning point is at the Red Bus Layby on the A64, all vehicles travelling eastbound will be required to perform a U-turn at this point, in a traffic managed zone, there will be no points for stopping here.
The one way system will run from 9pm on Sunday 25th until Monday 26th August. It is anticipated that by 3pm, all traffic will resume as normal.
Thorner Village Closure
Thorner Village will not be accessible to any non-residents of Thorner. The village will be closed at the following locations, and there will be no through access throughout the duration of Leeds Festival.
1. Northern part of Mangrill Lane
2. Carr Lane (very close to the A58)
3. Thorner / Skeltons Lane
4. Thorner / Milner Lane (next to the green triangle)
5. Wothersome corner (west of junction of Thorner Lane / Thorner Road)
Please do not arrange to be dropped off or picked up from the closure points, as there is strictly no pedestrian access to the festival.
You are likely to get a lot less sleep on site than you would at home and so please ensure you have a good exit strategy with a sober and well rested driver by the time you come to leave the car parks. Do not let anyone drive that shouldn’t be as they are too tired, not yet sober etc. It is too risky. Coffee alone won’t do it. Please plan ahead and get home safely.
Link to google map of Bramham Park - the venue for Leeds Festival
3 Day Weather Forecast
While the vast majority of the people at the festival are there to have a good time, listen to great music, and build up a considerable amount of washing, there are some less than desirable characters who look to prey on festival-goers.
We’ll be at the festival targeting these people and ensuring you get the most from your time there.
Please take a look at the tips below which can help protect you and your property and reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime
- While walking around the festival try to stay with friends, particularly at night
- Always take a torch with you. Chances are you won’t be back to your tent ‘till after dark
- Be aware of what’s around you and try not to walk around with headphones in
- Try to keep your valuables hidden- don’t flash them around.
- Try to avoid carrying anything in your back pockets– the event is busier than Oxford Street, and pick-pockets love it. Pockets with zips are the safest way to go
- Arrange an easy meeting point with your friends in case you case get split up and don’t have a mobile. Choose three times during the day where you can meet e.g. 2pm, 6pm and 1am
- Please be mindful about how much you drink. Excessive alcohol hampers your judgement and makes you a target for crimes like assault and robbery. These offences are fortunately rare but try to stay with friends and don’t put yourself in a vulnerable position
Keeping Your Property Safe
- Try to keep any valuables you bring to a bare minimum- consider bringing an old mobile and a digital camera rather than the latest models
- Keep car keys, cash, credit cards and mobile phones with you at all times or in one of the free security lock-ups
- Split your cash and cards into two hoards so that if one goes you have back-up
- Mark your property with your name and postcode. This makes it easier for us to reunite any lost or stolen items. Campsite Assistance Teams (CATs) have UV pens and they are also available at the security lock-ups
- Consider registering your property at immobilise database. This is a free service and we check all recovered property with this database
- Leave a record of any credit card you take, including the account number and the cancellation phone number, at home. If the worse happens you can report it stolen quickly
- Don’t leave anything valuable in your car and leave the glove box open and empty. It’s also a good idea to check on your vehicle during the duration of the festival so there are no nasty surprises when you come to leave
Keeping Your Vehicle Safe
- For information on crime prevention techniques on how to keep your vehicle and belongings safe whilst at the festival, please visit our vehicle crime prevention page.
- If you have any concerns about camping at the festival try to site your tent near to the fire tower or by your Zone Manager’s caravan
- Introduce yourself to those around you so they now your face and your tent. Let each other know when you’re not going to be around and keep an eye on each others stuff
- Report anything or anyone suspicious to campsite staff – that’s what they’re there for
- Don’t put a padlock on your tent- this will only invite thieves
- Don’t bury your valuables by your tent. Someone is bound to be watching
- When you’re sleeping place any valuable items at the bottom of your sleeping bag
- Keep to main routes on the site when dark and try to travel around in groups
- Attach a distinctive flag on a pole by your tent. It will help you identify it if you get a bit lost
- Ensure that you leave any BBQ away from your tent to avoid any potentially harmful fumes while you sleep.
Forget what you may have heard about festivals being a place for peace, love and drug taking.
While there may be a fair bit of the first two things drug taking of any kind will not be tolerated at the festival.
Security checks on your way into the site will be stringent and staff are adept at finding drug stashes.
The law at Leeds Festival has to be enforced, just as it would be any other part of the country.
Anyone found with a suspicious substance will be arrested and taken from the site while tests are undertaken to ascertain the exact nature of a powder or tablet.
No drugs are safe to use, often drugs are sold as one type of drug but are in fact another (e.g. sold as MDMA/Ecstasy but is in fact a stronger and more harmful drug as such as Alpha-PVP). You cannot guarantee what you are buying.
Substances not covered by the Misuse of Drugs Act (1971) but now fall under the Psychoactive Substances Act (2016). These include any substance that causes a psychoactive effect on a person (i.e. change in mental/physical state).
A conviction for taking or supplying controlled drugs to your friends will impact on your life. This can include travel plans, employment prospects as well as your general reputation.
Drug supply is linked to other areas of serious and organised crime as such as human trafficking/modern slavery, children criminal and/or sexual exploitation, firearms and serious violence.
Come to the festival and enjoy it but don’t let one bad decision ruin the weekend and jeopardise your future.
Have fun, but stay safe!
- If you do become a victim of crime do not resist and give them what they want. Help us to set the record straight by making sure you get a good look at them and their clothes and noting down the area it took place (look out for fire towers, loos, distinctive tents).
- If you have an incident with a security guard, steward or any other member of festival staff that you want us to look into please make a note of their tabard number and the name on their pass.
- Please don’t be alarmed by our advice. Crime at festivals is relatively low we just don’t want anything to happen to you.