Teenage boy confirmed dead at Reading Festival in “unexplained” circumstances
A teenage boy has died at Reading Festival in circumstances that are being treated as "unexplained".
The 17-year-old boy was pronounced dead around 2am on Monday morning after emergency services rushed to a tent in the campsite of the music festival.
Whilst the teenager has yet to be formally identified, Thames Valley Police have stated that his family have been notified.
The music festival's police commander, Superintendent Rory Freeman assured attendees of the festival that there is currently "no cause for concern". Adding, "we will continue to provide support to the boy's family at this difficult time."
This is not the only serious incident to unfold at the popular music festival this year. An 18-year-old teenager was stabbed with a "sharp implement" at around 10:15pm on Friday, the first day of the festival. The boy is now being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The teen was believed to have been stabbed when a fight broke out between a group of men during Kasabian's headline set. A spokesman from Thames Valley police elaborated:
“At around 10.15pm on Friday an 18-year-old man sustained non-life threatening injuries believed to have been caused by a sharp implement.
"He was treated by Reading Festival medical services, then went to the RBH (Royal Berkshire) hospital where he was subsequently discharged.”
In spite of the two tragic occurrences over the August Bank Holiday weekend, others clearly enjoyed days of revelry.
One rather reckless festival-goer ensured that he had the best view in the house during Eminem's set at Reading Festival on Saturday evening.
The man was spotted standing on the top of a speaker tower on the main stage. He was seen waving around a lighter and his smartphone before calling it a night and laying down on top of the speaker, to the shock and disbelief of fellow festival attendees.
An officer from Whitley Wood fire station in Reading stated that an emergency team from Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue service was called out to aid the man, but allegedly no help was needed.
Witnesses claimed that the teenager spent nearly 45 minutes on the speaker tower and was apparently "too scared to get down". He eventually made it to the ground after being guided by the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue service.
His stunt was not a resounding hit with festival-goers who were trying to enjoy Eminem's headline set. One woman took to Twitter to say, "the guy who has climbed the speaker tower at Eminem is making me feel so sick," whilst another said "night all, Eminem was awful at Reading the biggest draw was a muppet up the speaker tower, let's hope #MUSE Deliver as usual."
Thousands attended Reading Fest this year. One of England's most hotly anticipated music events, the lineup this year included Muse, Eminem, Bastille and Major Lazer with support provided by Two Door Cinema Club, Blossoms, Flume and HAIM.