Festival security is one of the key security services we provide at Stage Event Security. It is one of our most challenging tasks but we are always dedicated to making sure all attendees, performers and staff have a fun and safe day all round. There are several obstacles that can cause danger at a festival, from public disorders to drug abuse, which is why we must be prepared.
In this article we will talk you through some of the key steps in planning for festival security and several high risks that our experienced team are trained to look look out for.
As with much of our work, providing security for a festival starts right at the planning stage. This is where we will carry several risk assessments to identify the current level of risks. For instance, we will grade the current risk of overcrowding and if necessary, identify actions to reduce the risk. Other examples of risk that we frequently encounter include electrical and fire hazards, crew safety and weather or environmental conditions. In addition to risk assessments, this early process involves planning the festival in as much detail as possible. We will consider aspects such as site suitability, transport links and prohibited items. We will prepare for any scenario and make sure that an effective emergency plan is in place. It’s extremely important to liaise with local councils and emergency services every step of the way.
When it comes to the festival week itself, we make sure that suitable fencing and barriers are in place. It’s important that a streamlined entrance and exit system is in place, and that restricted areas are clearly secured. When permitting access to guests, our security personnel are friendly and firm, ensuring that a good first impression is left while restricting unauthorised access or removing any prohibited items. Festivals are meant to be fun but from time to time some people either take it too far or attend with bad intentions in mind. Our security guards are trained to spot all kinds of bad behaviour, including anti-social behaviour, out of control mosh pits, crowd disturbances and drug use, and will respond appropriately.
Festivals can lead to unpredictable situations, no matter how small or large the event is. They are typically on a much larger scale than that of a concert or an event at an indoor venue, and require complex management. Communication between all festival staff is extremely important in running a safe and successful festival. We will always provide security briefing packs to inform relevant personnel about key information. This makes sure that everyone is on the same wavelength for various security matters, including prohibited items, evacuation procedures and key contact information. We take steps to ensure that the security personnel for Stage Event Security maintain a visible presence and have access to a clear radio communications system.
If you are planning to run a festival in the UK in the near future, we would be more than happy to discuss how Stage Event Security can help. Visit our request a quote page to leave your contact details and a member of our team will be in touch. We will provide support in areas such as event assessments, emergency planning and crowd management.