‘It’s Fruitist’: Pineapples Banned From Reading And Leeds Festival

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Those of you planning on smuggling pineapples into your bags for Reading and Leeds Festival this year, think again.

Those spiky-crowned fruits have appeared on an updated list of banned items ahead of the event later this month. They appear alongside fireworks, flares and dangerously sharp objects that could be used as weapons.

While lobbing the heavy golden middles at the head of a fellow festival goer could indeed be enough to cause serious injury, it seems there is another rather more tongue-in-cheek reason why organisers have embargoed the tropical fruits.

Fans of Glass Animals have garnered themselves a rather odd reputation for bringing pineapples to the band’s shows. Pineapples featured heavily during GA’s live sets at Glastonbury and Coachella, as well as on several TV appearances.

Reference to the fruit comes from the hipster-quirk of oh-so-zany track “Pork Soda”, which contains the immortal lyric: “Pineapples are in my head.”

Speaking to the BBC, a spokesperson for Reading and Leeds said: “Organisers were a little concerned about hundreds of pineapples turning up on site so decided to ask fans not to bring them along.

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“The tongue may be slightly in cheek on this one.”

Glass Animals drummer Joe Seward declared the ban “fruitist”.

“Watermelons are fine, but not pineapples?” he asked the BBC.

This year’s festival will take place from 25-27 August in, you guessed it, Reading and Leeds. Pineapple-free headliners include Eminem, Kasabian and Muse.

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