Pineapples banned by Reading and Leeds Festivals

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Pineapples have appeared on a list of items banned from this year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals, alongside fireworks and weapons.

Organisers said it was because fans of Oxford band Glass Animals bring hundreds of the fruit to their gigs, in a nod to song Pork Soda which includes the lyrics “pineapples are in my head”.

Drummer Joe Seaward said it would be a “challenge” to get in with pineapples. “Anyone who wasn’t bringing a pineapple definitely is now,” he said.

“It’s fruitist. Watermelons are fine, but not pineapples?”

When the group performed at Glastonbury in June the stage was decorated with pineapples and some fans came dressed as the exotic fruit.

Other items banned from the festivals include weapons, fireworks, drones and glass.

A spokesman for Reading and Leeds Festivals said: “Organisers were a little concerned about hundreds of pineapples turning up on site so decided to ask fans not to bring them along.”

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

The annual festival will run between 25 and 27 August.

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