Pineapples Get Banned at Two Festivals

Reading Festival Pineapple

Appearing on this year’s list of banned items for the Reading and Leeds festivals are pineapples. Yes, the yellow spiked fruit is on a list of items not allowed in including non-service animals, fireworks, paper lanterns, gas cannisters, and more.

But why is a harmless object such as a pineapple banned? The BBC explains, “Organizers said it was because fans of Oxford band Glass Animals bring hundreds of the fruit to its gigs, in a nod to song ‘Pork Soda’ which includes the lyrics “pineapples are in my head.”

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


A spokesman of the Reading and Leeds festivals stated a concern for hundreds of pineapples being left at the festival site and added,”the tongue may be slightly in cheek on this one.”

Just because the actual fruit is banned doesn’t mean you can’t reference pineapples. Previously fans have come dressed up as pineapples to the Glass Animals’s shows. The two festivals run August 25 to August 27 in the United Kingdom. Let’s see how many “pineapples” actually turn up.

Source: BBC, Festicket, Joe.Co.Uk