A SPECIALIST team is being brought in to crack down on touts at this year’s Bestival.
Organisers of the Isle of Wight event have pledged to use the anti-touting team to disrupt touting activity around the Robin Hill site and at ferry ports.
Dave Grindle, Bestival event manager for Loud-Sound, said the specialists would also be trying to encourage Bestival-goers not to buy from touts for fear of them being ripped off or being denied entrance to the event, which runs from September 4 to 7.
This year, Chic, Outkast and Foals are headlining the event, which has a Desert Island Disco theme.
"There will be spot checks on bands at the gate, with people potentially being asked for proof of purchase or secondary ID."
The festivals on the Island are a good place for touts to operate, because of the funnelling effect at the ferry ports. They can target people leaving early and ask them to give up their wristbands."
Mr Grindle said the last thing Bestival wanted to see was people being left upset or disappointed because they were denied entry.
He added there had been instances of fake tickets at Bestival before.
"It is fair to say the touts are the curse of the festival promoter.
"Our message is if you want to ensure entry and that you have a good time, buy a ticket through the website.
"Don’t trust a tout," he said.