Following the tragic events that took place at the Manchester Arena earlier this week (May 22nd 2017), which saw the death of 22 concertgoers following a set by Ariana Grande, one concern that has been raised by many is the security at live events, especially large scale ones hosted in expansive indoor venues.
With Slam Dunk Festival taking place this weekend across Birmingham, Leeds, and Hatfield, which this year will see a headline set from Enter Shikari, the organisers of the annual bank holiday weekender have released a statement addressing the interests and safety and security for this year’s attendees.
You can read their statement below:
“We are saddened and shocked by the attack that took place in Manchester last night. Our thoughts go out to all of those who have been affected by the events in any way and our deepest sympathy goes out to those who lost their lives and their families.
We would like to reassure you that Slam Dunk Festival will take place this weekend as planned. Due to existing government guidance on the current terrorist threat level, security was already at a very high level, and this of course will continue.
There will be intensive bag searches taking place on all gates – we advise you to avoid bringing a bag with you unless absolutely necessary, as this will delay your entrance. Searches will also be carried out on the gates to all events. If you are attending one of the events this weekend please be patient when entering and re-entering the sites and allow plenty of time to get into the festival.
We have consulted with local authorities and venues at all Slam Dunk Festival sites to ensure the safety of our customers, and will continue to follow advice from them over the coming days.”
Along with the above statement, the organisers have also updated and made amendments to their terms and conditions (here), which among other things sees a few adjustments that address the safety and welfare of those attending any of this year’s dates.
This year’s Slam Dunk Festival will take place across three sites – one in the North, South, and the Midlands – across the May Bank Holiday weekend, with bands performing across a selection of stages throughout the day.
MAY 27 – BIRMINGHAM, The NEC (Slam Dunk Festival – Midlands)
MAY 28 – LEEDS, City Centre (Slam Dunk Festival – North)
MAY 29 – HATFIELD, The Forum (Slam Dunk Festival – South)
Tickets for all three dates of the festival are on sale now, available both with or without afterparty (18+) access included, and can be purchased online from www.seetickets.com.