Health and safety at live mu­sic events are se­ri­ous is­sues

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FILM -

THERE’S ONE kind of story which is sadly be­com­ing all too fa­mil­iar on the live mu­sic beat. The re­cent fa­tal­i­ties at a Steve Aoki show in Madrid and a Linkin Park show in Cape Town show that the health and safety con­cerns around live mu­sic events are not some­thing to be taken lightly.

The re­ports from Madrid cite gig-go­ers talk­ing about slack se­cu­rity and over­crowd­ing at the 12,000-ca­pac­ity arena. In the wake of the event, of­fi­cial re­ports from 2006 and 2010 were un­cov­ered which crit­i­cised the venue’s health and safety pro­vi­sions.

In Cape Town, it was the col­lapse of an ad­ver­tis­ing hoard­ing erected by Lu­cozade in the park­ing area out­side the venue which led to one death and many in­juries.

These in­ci­dents fol­low the in­ci­dents in sum­mer 2011 when deaths oc­curred at Bel­gium’s Pukkelpop fes­ti­val and a Su­gar­land show at the In­di­ana State Fair. Stage col­lapses oc­curred in 2011 at shows by Cheap Trick and the Flaming Lips, while a stage col­lapse at a Ra­dio­head show in Toronto last June caused the death of a mem­ber of the band’s crew.

Con­cern about health and safety and se­cu­rity is­sues will not be new to Ir­ish mu­sic fans, fol­low­ing the brouhaha around last sum­mer’s Swedish House Mafia show in the Phoenix Park, or the prob- lems which marred the Oa­sis show in Slane in June 2009.

While fans may feel that some se­cu­rity mea­sures are over-zeal­ous and un­nec­es­sary, it should be re­mem­bered that the al­ter­na­tive is not very whole­some . Ir­ish pro­mot­ers of all sizes and stripes have a good track record when it comes to health and safety at live shows so let’s hope that’s one area which isn’t cut back to save costs in the fu­ture.

Get se­cu­rity! Last sum­mer’s Swedish House Mafia show

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