Does your venue or festival have a security plan in place?

Since October’s tragic shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, and last May’s Manchester Arena bombing in the UK, large arenas and music festivals should be focusing on audience safety and concert security like never before. You should be using resources to invest in security consultants (such as Precise Protective) and develop robust emergency plans.

This applies to small 5000 capacity venues to huge stadiums – all events should consider their security, down to every last detail.

Whether you’re a team of one or have a significant security budget, we recommend you prioritize these three top concert security principles.

1. Emphasize exits

Think about it from the concert attendee’s perspective: You might assume you can only exit at the main entrance. But that exit may not be nearby in an emergency situation, or it may be bottlenecked.

Make sure your team is prepared:

  • Every time a concert ends, practice getting people out quickly by opening all exits.Your team will get used to making sure exit paths are clear, and repeat patrons will come to learn where the exits are.

2. Communication

Communication often breaks down in an emergency. Without effective communication, even the best-laid plans can go awry.

Make sure you have clear communication paths with everyone on your team. Establishing a chain of command can save precious minutes. Everyone should have an understanding of their role, who the decision makers are, and how they are going to disseminate decisions. We can support you with this panning so you have an expert team in house and supported by your security consultants.

3. Practice

Once you have your concert security plan nailed down, you need to practice. In addition to regularly rehearsing egress by opening all exits at the end of every concert, run a communications drill before opening the doors.

Make sure your team is prepared:

  • Go beyond a simple radio check; confirm the hierarchy of information flow from the decision maker to all venue staff. And make sure you have staff with two-way radios in sensitive areas.
  • Go over safety proceduresafter concerts as part of an operational review process.

You can’t predict if or when dangerous incidents may occur, but a clear, well-practiced plan can help keep fans and staff safe.