Festival security is one of the more challenging but highly rewarding security services that we offer. We know that the priority is safeguarding the health and well-being of the public, performers and staff – all without sacrificing the quality and purpose of the festival.
In planning for a festival, we will work with yourself and local authorities to carry out safety assessments and to prepare for several scenarios. We will provide efficient crowd management, VIP protection and limit the risk of disruptive festival-goers. Whether you are planning a small concert, a cultural showcase or something else entirely, our experienced team can help.
We have worked on a number of small to large scale festivals including the 1 Big Multicultural Festival and local Maritime Festivals. Our experience has seen us provide support for a variety of indoor and outdoor festivals across the UK. We offer complete UK coverage so can provide festival security anywhere in the country depending on what it is that you require.
Find out more about what we look out for when providing festival security.
We’re looking forward to the time when thousands of people are able to flock to festivals once again! When the time comes, we are fully prepared to be able to offer a safe festival security solution that mitigates the risk of transmission. Click here to find out more about how we are COVID-19 Secure having undertaken a thorough risk assessment.
The road to success for any festival, small or large, starts at the planning stage. Here we do everything we can to carefully and thoroughly assess the event so that we are able to adapt our festival security priorities. A critical first step is the creation of risk assessment reports. Risk assessments allow us to document the current level of risks and are used to formulate a security plan.
We will cover everything from overcrowding, fire and electrical hazards, environmental and weather conditions, and crew safety. It also considers areas such as site suitability, transport infrastructure and how the local community will be affected. We will identify solutions for high-level risks of immediate concern and prepare for unexpected situations that may arise on the day. As well as risk assessments, it’s especially important to prepare evacuation packs that will outline evacuation procedures should an emergency present itself.
We are very meticulous in how we operate and will always collate all necessary details in the form of a security briefing pack which will be handed to the personnel who require this information. At all stages we recognise the importance of strong communication between all involved parties including emergency services, local councils and event management.
Effective crowd management is obviously one of the most important elements of festival security that we look to achieve. This involves making sure that the festival is suitable for the desired audience size to help prevent any overcrowding issues. We will ensure that safety barriers are suitably placed throughout the site with a clear entry and exit system, and that restricted areas are guarded as required.
As a first point of contact, all our security personnel are trained to adopt a friendly but firm and experienced manner in dealing with attendees. We will carry out searches on all entrances to ensure that only permitted attendees gain access and to remove any restricted items that have been identified during the planning stage.
Our festival security guards are positioned throughout the festival site with a visible presence and will handle any type of situation, such as anti-social behaviour, in a suitable way. We always implement effective radio systems to ensure there is clear communication between personnel throughout the festival.
There are three key areas of welfare that we always look to prioritise when it comes to running a safe and smooth festival. First of all, we look to provide adequate site welfare. This involves arranging solutions across the festival site to ensure the welfare of all those attending. We implement adequate facilities such as toilets, power points and food & drink areas. We also make sure that necessary supplies can be provided to attendees, including water and first aid, and that there are clearly designated areas for lost and found items.
The welfare of all staff and performers working the festival is another critical area that we investigate. It’s important to us that staff can perform their jobs without negative interference from attendees and all restricted areas are safely guarded. Finally, where festivals are family-friendly affairs, child welfare is a vital point.
We make sure that all our personnel hold the required qualifications and skills to ensure the safety of children. Our festival security staff will be aware of the procedures for reconnecting lost children at designated areas and how this is communicated to their parents or guardians.
Stage Security has years of experience in the festival sector. All our security personnel are fully trained and up to SIA-approved standards, ensuring that you only receive the very best guards in the business. Our team has worked on some of the biggest festivals across the region, and they are equipped with all the tools they need to keep people safe. Above all else, our guards will adopt a friendly and welcoming attitude to make sure attendees leave happy.
We know it's imperative to plan and prepare for the unexpected to happen. Our festival security service includes a wide range of duties that are too long to list! As a starting point, we carry out in-depth assessments and audits. We will work closely with local authorities and emergency services to build a collaborative relationship from the early stages. A key area for us will be to ensure an effective system is in place for managing entry/exist and restricted areas.
Communication is key to our team in every way. We always make sure that effective solutions are in place to ensure clear communication between staff no matter their location. Our control team will coordinate with guards to keep everyone informed and manage incident response. Should a situation arise, we will act swiftly to bring it under control as soon as possible. Our staff are trained to work quickly and efficiently to minimise disruption and damage.
We are proud to have a high customer retention rate because clients trust in the work that we offer. As many festivals usually occur repeatedly, we are committed to providing a service that makes you want to choose us time and time again. We will always tailor our bespoke security packages to suit your needs fire and foremost. With a long-term approach to working together, you will benefit from cost-effective solutions with a proven track record.