Music festivals and concerts are intended to be fun, exciting, and potentially transcendent, but they also raise safety and security concerns for people who attend them as well as organize them.
This past weekend at Summer Camp Music Festival, in Chillicothe, IL, attendees are complaining about the lack of security. Whereas some people appreciate the lack of security, so that way they could get away with sneaking stuff in, which shouldn’t be happening. When first getting into the festival, GA security did search all bags, however, not as strong as what they should be. We are trusting the festival workers with our lives for the next 4 days, and the last thing we need to worry about it something tragic happening. Then people won’t be complaining as much of “too chill” of security once their safety is put at risk. I will gladly wait an additional amount of time if that meant my safety is put into more consideration.
Make no mistake about it, bad things do happen, and if you don’t know how to stay safe at concerts and festivals, they can happen to you, too.
Speaking as someone who’s lived it, here are my top tips on how to ensure you stay safe while you have fun!
Don’t go alone, and go with someone you trust.
One of the key things to acknowledge when learning how to stay safe at a music festival is the power of large numbers. Going to festivals with large groups of friends is a good way to make sure that you have emergency contacts, that you won’t be stranded without a ride home, and that someone will help you out in the event that your stuff is stolen.
Chatting people up and introducing yourself isn’t just a good way to make new friends. It also can save your life. Groups are more likely to protect people they know, which means that chatting others up can boost your chances of staying safe.
Watch your drinks.
As bad as it is for me to admit, I know there’s a reason why music festivals have such a bad reputation for date rape drugs. There are creeps out there who slip stuff in other peoples’ drinks, and only you can make sure they don’t do that to yours.
Even if you just drank 3 water bottles, force yourself to drink more. Know your limits and boundaries, don’t feel bad if you have to go sit off to the side for 15 minutes to rest and refuel!Always keep an eye on your surroundings.
If something, or someone seems off to you, go find a worker or an officer and alert them. Especially if you see someone trying to open someone’s backpack, pit-pocket, or break into someone’s tent, speak up!
We here at Blue Star Security care about the safety and well-being of the people who attend any event. You can contact us today to learn more information about our event security, and all of our other security services!