Reading and Leeds festival: Glass Animals respond to pineapple ban

Reading and Leeds festivals are banning pineapples this year

Aside from the obvious things like guns, knives and the like, most things that appear on a "banned items" list - like selfie sticks, fireworks and glass bottles - are completely understandable, given their potential to be used as a weapon.

Officially, organisers say they are anxious that fans of the band Glass Animals may bring pineapples, because the band's song Pork Soda contains the lyric "pineapples are in my head".

Joe Seaward, the band's drummer, has called the decision "fruitist". "Watermelons are fine, but not pineapples?".

'Anyone who wasn't bringing a pineapple definitely is now, ' he said.

The tropical fruit has become somewhat of a symbol for the band since they name-checked it in their track "Pork Soda" and so many of their fans have started bringing them to their shows in the form of actual fruit or even blow-up toys.

The reason why? It's all to do with the band Glass Animals.

The annual festival will run between 25 and 27 August.

They want to be careful: both Glass and Animals are both also banned from both the festival's arena and camp site. Though said spokesperson then conceded that "the tongue may be slightly in cheek on this one".

"Reading and Leeds as we know are ferociously corporate festivals.it might be as simple as they've done a deal which would be seriously compromised by the appearance of 500 pineapples".

Acts this year include Kasabian, Eminem, Muse, Major Lazer and Liam Gallagher.

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