Festival Republic issue festival security statement
Festival Republic – promoters of the Reading, Leeds, Latitude, Download, Wireless and V Festivals – have issued a statement in relation to festival security following the Ariana Grande Manchester Arena terror attack.
The organisers stressed their “priority is, and always will be, making fans safe at our festivals and events,” They continued: “We have consulted with personnel at the very highest level and all the relevant Police and security groups as we carry on with the preparation for this festival season. On top of the conversations this week, these talks will continue right up until the festivals and onwards. We talk regularly with the authorities and share intelligence throughout the festival season in order to protect our fans.”
They added: “The festival perimeter, arena, backstage and off-site areas are all robustly controlled and managed by security experts. Festivals are what we do. The hundreds of staff working on these events know them inside out and have been working on them for many years.
“Your safety is our utmost concern. Please review our Personal Safety section on the festival websites and if you have any major concerns please don’t hesitate to get in touch.”
In related news, Live Nation has announced that it will offer refunds for UK concerts, following the bombing attack. The refunds are available to fans who choose to request them. Several artists have cancelled concerts in the area following the attacks. Among the performers who have cancelled or postponed shows are KISS, Blondie, and Take That, according to Billboard. In addition, Ariana Grande recently announced that she has suspended her tour through June 5.