BY: BROCK MARTIN, Sales Development Rep
Wireless Festival organizers have increased security at the advice of police, who are on high alert following recent terror attacks in London.
“With the backdrop of the current threat level from terrorism, event organisers will have been given the latest protective security advice to keep their event as safe as can be,” says Sergeant Andy Underwood, of the Counter Terrorism Focus Desk at Haringey Police.
Tens of thousands of people will converge on Finsbury Park from July 7 to 9 to see high-profile acts including The Weeknd and Chance the Rapper.
Perimeter fencing, metal detectors, sniffer dogs, and a ban on large bags are some of the precautions that will be in place during the three-day festival. Security is said to be at the “highest level” and comes as a result of the three terror attacks in Westminster, Finsbury Park, and on London Bridge.
Festival Republic, who organizes big name festivals like Lollapalooza Berlin and Reading and Leed Festival, seemed confident in their ability to control the event security in an update they released following the Manchester attack: “The festival perimeter, arena, backstage and offsite areas are all robustly controlled and managed by security experts. Festivals are what we do.”
Sergeant Underwood also stated, “In addition to the security provided by the event organisers there is an appropriate and proportionate policing plan in place to manage the increase in visitors to the local area as a result.”
Wireless Festival isn’t alone in adding extra on-site precautions to their event. Glastonbury, Isle of Wight Festival, and NASS Festival, a sports and music event taking place this weekend, also added additional measure to protect attendees.
Jamie Monson, festival director of NASS said, “Due to extra security measures, entrance into the festival may be slightly slower. To ensure we get all festival goers in as quickly and safely as possible, ticket holders are being advised to please pack light, be patient and co-operate with instructions from the security team.”