Chaotic scenes at festival near Aveley

SOME festival-goers “collapsed” after long queues led to crowds pushing through security gates at a festival just outside Aveley reports the BBC.

Videos and photos on social media appear to show a rush through the gates and a huge queue of people trying to get into We Are FSTVL.

The festival is situated at Damyns Hall Aerodrome in Aveley Road.

Some ticketholders told Radio 1 Newsbeat they left the site without getting into the event.

Eyewitnesses say a lack of wristbands meant that people had to queue in hot temperatures in Upminster which appear to have led to people charging past staff and into the event.

In a statement given to Newsbeat, the Metropolitan Police said: “Officers are at the location and working alongside organisers and London Ambulance Service.
“We are not aware of any serious injury.”

Festival-goer Renardo Henry, 21, travelled from Birmingham for the festival and says he was standing near people who passed out in the heat.

“We were in the queue, four people had collapsed around us, people were throwing up and shouting for medics, all the staff were doing was throwing water bottles into the crowd of people.”

The festival has put out a statement, offering “sincere apologies” for anyone that experienced delays.

Organisers also say they’ll be adding additional staff and “infrastructure” to try and speed up the ticket checking process for Sunday’s programme.
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YT understands that a representative from Thurrock Council does have input into arrangement meetings for the event.

A reminder re road closures

The following road closures wil be in place from Friday, May 24 to Monday, May 27 from 8am to 5pm.

Aveley Road between its junction with Warwick Lane and Gerpins Lane: Closed to through traffic except for buses, taxis and authorised vehicles.

Sunnings Lane: Closed at its junction with Ockendon Road

Dennises Lane at its junction with Pea Lane: west bound only.

Londons Close: No access at its junction with Corbets Tey Road except for residents of Londons Close.

Meadowside Road: No access at its junction with Corbets Tey Road except for residents of the Meadowside Road, Huntsmans Drive and The Glade.

Ashburnham Gardens: Closed at its junction with Hall Lane except for residents of Ashburnham Gardens, Engayne Gardens and Waldergrave Gardens.

Waldergrave Gardens: Closed at its junction with Hall Lane Closed to traffic except for residents of the Ashburnham Gardens, Engayne Gardens and Waldergrave Gardens.

Deyncourt Gardens at its junction with Hall Lane: No access to festival traffic.

Greenacres Close at its junction with Upminster Road North: Closed to traffic except for residents.

Station Approach: No access to Station Car Park and the area is closed for traffic.

Romford Road (Thurrock): north bound at Belhus Woods Country Park.

Closed to traffic except for access for residents, permit holders, businesses, festival buses and taxis.

Bramble Lane: No right turn possible at its junction with Aveley Road.

The festival is only accessible by the free shuttle buses which run every 30 minutes from; Upminster Station, Ockendon Road outside of the Tey Cafe opposite the Huntsman and Hounds pub, and the Park Tavern bus stop in Aveley Road.

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