In a non-policing context, having to perform such acts would be a serious assault. This is why strip searches are meant to be a last resort and only used in serious and urgent circumstances.
Most drug use among Australian festival goers appears to be occasional and isn't problematic. But a small group experience higher rates of drug-related harms.
Festival-goers increasingly treat tents as disposable, imagining they are put to good use when discarded. They're wrong.
Why 50/50 festival line-ups are not an easy solution to gender inequality.
From the hippie heaven of the 1970s to the massive mainstream event it is now, Glastonbury has always found a way to fuse popular culture with a potent political message.
New research shows some festival goers are willing to take a dodgy pill regardless of the test result. So, let's use pill testing to educate them and others about reducing their risk.
Live performances account for more than 40 percent of their income, while profits from streaming and record sales amount to only 5 percent of their earnings.
It's ineffective to use drug dogs at festivals and in public places because they're much more likely to catch small-time users than suppliers.
Illicit drugs can be dangerous. Read this before you use so you know what to look out for.
Two new documentaries about the disastrous 2017 Fyre fail to fully acknowledge the exploitation of the people of the Exumas.
Every summer we hear of more deaths from drugs at festivals. But MDMA was originally a medicine, so how can it kill users?
Many women do not feel safe at music festivals, citing the particular combination of big crowds and alcohol and drug intake making them particularly wary.
Wellies at the ready, these researchers have been digging up the truth about the festival business.
Labour's big fun day ended up being for the few, not the many.
Sexual harassment and assault are common experiences in general: there is no reason to assume this is any different at music festivals.
Music festivals have been a boon to the music industry, but now we're starting to witness some pitfalls of commercial success: consolidation and creeping conformity.
Outside the capital cities and the coastal fringes, the towns and people of rural and regional Australia have had to be inventive to get through the tough times.
In a world seemingly spinning out of control, music has important roles to play – either to reflect or interpret the state of affairs, or simply to provide solace.
In the absence of any more sophisticated options, drug consumers are resorting to drug testing kits they can access themselves.
Drug analysis would allow young people to make more informed choices about what they are consuming and save lives.