Pineapples have been banned from Reading and Leeds Festivals

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Pineapples have been added to a list of banned items by Reading and Leeds festival organisers.

It comes after concerns that fans of the band Glass Animals would bring large numbers of the tropical fruit ahead of their performances at the events – something they are known to do at the group’s concerts.

The craze was sparked by their song Pork Soda which includes the lyrics: “Pineapples are in my head.”

In the past, the Mercury-nominated band have performed on stages decorated with the fruit while fans have even gone so far as to dress up as pineapples to see them play.

Other items banned at Reading and Leeds include the likes of fireworks, air horns and drones.

A spokesman from the festival told the BBC that: “Organisers were a little concerned about hundreds of pineapples turning up on site so decided to ask fans not to bring them along.”

But he added that, “the tongue may be slightly in cheek on this one”.

Glass Animals have since responded to the news by claiming the move is “fruitist”.

Speaking to NME a spokesman for the band has questioned organisers, asking: “Watermelons are fine, but not pineapples?”

“Anyone who wasn’t bringing a pineapple definitely is now.”

“It’s irresponsible to stop young people at a festival having vital vitamin P.”

Reactions on Twitter seem to show the funny side to the ban with one user asking: “How much of a hipster do you have to be to take a pineapple to Reading/Leeds Festival anyway?”

Another user, @BeckaInTheSky also wanted to know the extent of the exclusion.

Other acts set to play over the bank holiday weekend include Kasabian, Eminem and Muse.


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