The Guardian festival blog: Seizures, fights and panic attacks as music festival queue grinds to a halt | Music

Festival-goers have queued for hours in hot weather to enter the Boomtown Fair music festival, with some people suffering seizures and panic attacks. Music fans started lining up for the event at the Matterley Estate in Hampshire on Thursday morning, but delays meant many were left stranded for hours with limited access to water.

Aaron Day arrived at the site by coach at midday and queued for seven hours. In that time he saw one person in front of him suffer a panic attack and another hit on the head by a water bottle. He described entering a mass of people queueing for the entry gates with no lanes to separate them and no access to water, food or toilet facilities.

The 26-year-old said: We were stood there all day, in the heat, and moved about 20 feet in about seven hours.

Local reports suggested that a problem with the ticket scanners was to blame and that event organisers had to look up each ticket holders details…


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