Presentation: Advances in festival security
Echoing the opinions expressed during the previous panel, MOM Consultancy’s Chris Kemp warned the industry is becoming too concerned with terrorism, to the extent that “we’re starting to lose sight of crowd management and other areas of safety”.
Presenting the results of a recent survey Yourope Event Safety Group survey, he revealed European festivals spend an average of 73% on monitoring and surveillance, 23% on safety and crowd management and just 3% on training staff.
“After the Bataclan, everything is focused on counter-terrorism,” he said. “What we need to do is create a balance between all the elements.”
He acknowledged, however, that “most people feel safer with a police presence”, and festivals appear to agree: In 2015, of the 100 festivals surveyed, none had armed police on site. By 2016 that had risen to 20, and in 2017 it was 93 – a 365% increase.
A selection of photos from 10 October 2017 are available to view here.