Summer concert season. Summer races. Summer talks.
It’s the time of season where you can wear your tank tops, your short-shorts and your SPF 30-100 to outdoor events. However, for venue owners, this is the one of the most dreaded seasons of the year (if not the most!). Worries of all sorts come up – heat strokes, dehydration, occupancy overload…
- Venue Floor – Everything with the crowd happens here: the dancing, the jumping, the water-splashing, the garbage-dropping. People want to get as close as possible to the band, so pushing ensues. Crowd managers should consider these occurrences and follow the NFPA Life Safety Code, which “prohibits festival seating in crowds greater than 250 people unless the venue has conducted a formal life safety evaluation.”
- Occupant Load - Just because your venue isn’t at maximum occupancy doesn’t mean there won’t be as much pushing and pulling. Barricades separating the crowd from the stage adds to crowd density, eliminating further space. People can still crowd-surf and asphyxiation can still occur, therefore such circumstances should have emergency planning and services set in case of such occurrences.
- Moshing - It isn’t the moshers that are in trouble, it’s the people around them who do not notice the moshers until it’s too late. Prevention is key, or at least warning patrons what moshing is and what to do when it occurs around them.
- Crowd Surfing – Once again, the patron is more at risk if they do not see the surfer in time. Some bystanders can get kicked in the head or have the surfer fall on them. Prevention and warning are key options.
- Heat and Dehydration - People get hot, especially when in a crowded area, jumping around and are outdoors in the summer heat. It is no surprise that not everyone is going to drink water (many will go for soda or alcohol), or they’ll drink nothing at all. Patrons can pass out and get trampled without anyone noticing. It is important to have a security staff trained to recognize signs leading up to such an occurrence.