Smoking in a festival tent? Fine of 54,000 euros!

Nina van Zelst
By Nina van Zelst

Even though you know it’s not allowed, you often still do it: smoking sigarets in a festival tent. It seems so innocent, but it really isn’t. Your violation alone can cost the festival several thousands of euros.¬†

Ever since 2008 in the Netherlands, it has been illegal to smoke inside for the sake of the employees. Festival tents that offer alcoholic drinks are under the same rules. Often this leads to desperate and frustrated festival organisations: anti-smoke signs, anti-smoke teams and final info for visitors do not seem to help get the message across.

The consequences? Organisations have to pay fines of several thousands of euros. Furthermore, the more often a festival receives a fine, the higher it gets: the amount can go up as much as 13,500 euros per tent. Last week, Emporium Festival decided to urge its visitors:

“The NVWA announced they would come and check every tent. If someone gets caught smoking, it will cost the Matrixx 54,000 euros. We would much rather spend this money on more beautiful stages and greater line-ups than to give it away to the tax authorities. “

“We would much rather spend this money on more beautiful stages and greater line-ups than to give it away to the tax authorities”

So you might want to think twice the next time you smoke a sigaret in a festival tent. All those thousands of euros could be spend on bigger stages, line-ups and even on you: if Emporium Festival stays clear of fines this year, they will make a 50,000 euros wish come true,

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