Australia’s Rainbow Serpent festival bans laughing gas

Australia’s Rainbow Serpent festival has banned the use of
laughing gas (nos, nangs, balloons) ahead of its 2018 event.

Posting to Facebook, organisers of the environmentally
sustainable festival wrote: “We have tried since 2012 to
encourage patrons away from using nos by banning it from the
festival area.

“It is just not cool to stumble on empty bulbs left on the
ground. In addition to being a safety hazard, nos also
increases the amount of rubbish we accumulate for landfill.
These bulbs are not recyclable due to danger of explosion and
the empty boxes, balloons and cartridges are left

“The fact is patrons have ignored our pleas so we are
unfortunately enforcing a complete nos ban in 2018 and we will
confiscate any bulbs or paraphernalia found without exception.
We ask that you please consider the environmental impact and
support us in 2018.”

Organisers have also asked festival-goers to “lay off the
glitter” due to the impact of microplastics on the environment.
A spokesperson pointed out there were environmentally friendly
glitter options available.

The festival kicks off January 26, running through till January
29 at Lexton, Victoria, a few hours’ drive from Melbourne.
Robert Babicz, The Librarian, Gabriel Ananda, Michael Mayer,
Miss Melera and Tara Brooks are among the artists playing this
year. Read
our review from last year

Scott Carbines is Mixmag’s Australian Digital Content
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