Music Festival Organisers Can Stop Big Crowds

Music Festival Organisers Can Stop Big Crowds

One of the most tragic live music incidents in recent times was a fatal crowds surge that occurred during Travis Scott’s Friday night performance. Eight people were kill and many more injure in the crowd crushes that occurr during the Houston show. It was part of the Astroworld Music Festival.

This incident is still under investigation. Criminal investigations are also ongoing. How can such a catastrophe occur in an area where people are suppose be having fun?

Since many years, I have worked in crowd safety. My expertise is in safety enhancements at large events like Schoolies, outdoor music festivals, and sporting tournaments. According to reports, there were many factors that contributed to the environment we refer to as cooperative crowding.

Unsettled Beginning Crowds

Organisers will ensure that people feel comfortable and part of a group at an event they have managed well. Early push-and-shoving reports at Scott’s show is a red flag.

Witnesses also reported that they couldn’t persuade event organizers to act once the disaster started. The music may have been too loud. However, these details will not known until the investigations complete.

According to several outlets including the New York Times, Scott’s show continued for forty minutes after officials from the city reported on the mass causalty event. The show ended just half an hour before planned.

It All Comes Down To Event Crowds Control

To calm a rowdy crowd, event managers often turn up the lights or play slower music. Both lighting conditions and music are important psychosocial considerations.

There are many ways that performers and organizers can settle a crowd, even among high-intensity acts

Rammstein, a German heavy-metal band, can draw large and sometimes hostile crowds. Managers used pyrotechnics and ambient music to control and shift the mood of the crowd during Rammstein’s performance at the 2011 Big Day Out festival.

Knowing your audience and creating the right environment for them is key. The audience and their expectations will determine by the genre. It’s possible that a show will attract high-energy crowds, so it is important to plan ahead. Crowd control should be proactive and not reactive.

The acts on a music festival’s lineup can have an impact on the behavior of the crowd. Festival-goers may persuade by the performers to engage in certain activities or behaviors, thereby avoiding safety restrictions.

Performers can help create a calm environment by their interactions with the audience. They also have the potential to positively influence the crowd.

What Are The Measures In Place?

Despite the media attention surrounding the Astroworld tragedy, it is not common for crowd crushes to be fatal. The most recent fatality in a crowd at a music festival was in Australia during Limp Bizkit’s performance at the Big Day Out 2001 event.

Event managers generally put a lot into making sure that the crowd is well looked after. Crowd care investment can be made through chill-out spaces at venues, which allow for different access levels such as VIP seating or stalls. Because events are highly regulated in Australia as well as internationally, this is possible.

Security guards on the ground are crucial as they ensure that everyone is safe and spread out. It is important to plan the venue in a way that can handle the anticipated number of people.

One example of chaotic crowd crushes in which several systemic problems were present is the 2010 Love Parade in Germany. The event communications system crashed and there was only one exit and entry. This created a chaotic situation that led to 21 deaths from a tunnel-based crush.