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Reading Festivalgoer describes 'absolute warfare' after escaping 'apocalyptic' Sunday night scenes

Anish Vij

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Reading Festivalgoer describes 'absolute warfare' after escaping 'apocalyptic' Sunday night scenes

A Reading Festival goer has given his version on the utterly 'apocalyptic' events that took place on Sunday. Watch below as a tent is set on fire:


As shown in the clip above, various social media posts have documented a number of people who have been setting fire to tents.

Raff Jackson, 17, claims that 'security did not seem to care' as 'tents were on fire all around us'.

Describing the event as a 'war zone', the teenager told LADbible: "The music was amazing, the main arena was extremely fun, however, the campsite was a war zone, there were fires everywhere, tents, bags and chairs all in flames.

"There were deodorant cans and vodka bottles being thrown into the fire which just made them explode.

Credit: Supplied
Credit: Supplied

"I heard stories of people with knifes and even saw one myself, walking round the camps I saw fights and arguments, people in balaclavas running around the camp chasing passers-by with sharpened camp poles.

"I heard stories of people being beaten up by at least 20 other people, tents were being slashed open and peoples' bags were being taken out of their tents, my own tent had to be a safe house for all of my friend's bags and someone had to standby the tent at all times on Sunday so nothing would be taken."

Credit: Supplied
Credit: Supplied

Jackson says that his friend Ruben was spiked.

He said: "My friend Ruben was offered a drink by other campers around us, they seemed nice however the drink was unfortunately spiked and he had to go home early.

"It was such a shame because he didn’t want to get involved with anything."

In the end, the 17-year-old was forced to move camp sites because 'it was all getting too aggressive'.

The festival-goer also shared photos of his cut-up chest, which was from 'extremely aggressive mosh pits'.

Credit: Supplied
Credit: Supplied

Despite the madness of the last day at Reading, Jackson isn't put off from visiting more festivals in the future.

He said: "As much as Reading was like a war, I have been to plenty of other festivals that have been very fun and I haven’t had any problems with."

Adding: "I went to Boardmasters a few weeks ago, that was a lot more controlled and fun, security still weren’t the best but there wasn’t as many fires and stuff there as there were at Reading.

"I didn’t have a negative experience at Boarders."

LADbible have contacted Festival Republic for comment.

Featured Image Credit: Supplied

Topics: UK News, Festivals

Anish Vij
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