Make 'Love Not Riots' at Reading and Leeds
Two girls' campaign to stop final night trouble
Photographer: Shab Notghi15 August 2007
Two festival fans from Kent have put together a campaign to try and combat the riots and violence that have marred the final nights of recent events.
Zena Gardener and Amy Last joined forces last year to try and end the burning of gas canisters, torching of toilets and the attacks on stalls which had blighted the last few events.
The duo have the backing of the festival’s promoter Melvin Benn who praised their hard work in 2006:
He said “I am extremely pleased Love Not Riots are back. I am certain their efforts last year contributed to a reduction in the disorder.
“Zee & Amy are such wonderful people and care so much about the festivals that it would be impossible not to welcome them back with open arms.”
This year, the peace pair are again preparing to give away campaign badges and sell t-shirts with the Love Not Riot logo emblazoned on them.
They are also giving volunteers the chance to help out too by dressing up in their wackiest party outfits and heading to the campsites.
Their campaign is obviously having some affect as arrests at Leeds Festival dropped from 21 in 2005 to just 8 in 2006.