The Parklife Festival chief Sacha Lord supports on-site labs and says it can flag up the potentially fatal recreational drugs before it could cause any harm to the users.
The nightclub impresario is on his way to challenge norms like a nightclub boss saying that all the big UK clubs and festivals should have drug-testing laboratories. Sacha Lord has been championing the nightclub economy of Manchester in his role as Greater Manchester’s first night-time economy adviser. He announced the drug-testing laboratories last Wednesday, saying he sees ‘no negatives’ in that.
Lord runs Parklife Festival and he has set up the Warehouse Project which has ranked in the world’s top 20 clubs as per the DJ Magazine. He had pioneered forensic testing at rave galas after the death of Nick Bonnie, a clubber aged 30 years who collapsed at the Warehouse Project in 2013 after he took more than 15 times the standard recreational dose of MDMA.
Fiona Measham is a professor of criminology at Durham University who has been dedicated to testing the confiscated drugs or the drugs sent to her posted in an amnesty box at various events organized by Lord since 2013. Measham’s charity, the Loop, will be working at Parklife this weekend to make sure that any dangerous substances don’t get consumed and to put warnings on social media as well as on LED matrix boards. [The Guardian]
As Manchester’s night-time adviser, Lord’s role would include helping the restaurants and bars to cope with an epidemic of the drug spice. It was only recently, an owner of a popular cafe in the Northern Quarter district tweeted complaining about addicts who had stolen tips and threatened them.
The Tweet by North Tea Power reads: “Just a regular morning at NTP: tips stolen, Been told we’ll get face smashed in for asking spice addicts to move along so we can get in the shop, a board kicked over by the friendly guy who sits opposite cause it’s his spot. Cleaned up some 'stuff.’ Police been over 4 times.”
Lord was hired for his job as a night-time adviser by the mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham.
Manchester Evening News quotes Lord: “The night-time economy is the fifth biggest industry in the country, employing more than 8 percent of the UK’s workforce, and here in Greater Manchester we have always recognised its importance.”
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