Across the country, concert safety – or the lack of it – is in the spotlight days after the hugely popular 50,000-strong Astroworld music festival went dead.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville concert halls are keeping a close watch on the tragedy and fallout after a wave of crowds killed music festival-goers over the weekend in Texas.
Louisville has become a growing concert city with bigger headliners every year. Are concert halls re-examining their security protocol here?
WHAS 11 spoke to representatives from Old Forester’s Paristown Hall, a venue with a capacity of 2,000, compared to 50,000 regularly at the Astroworld festival in NRG Park. Very different scenarios, but people say tragedy is always a reminder to prepare.
“There is always a risk assessment that is done [for any show]”said Christian Adelberg, vice president of marketing and communications for Kentucky Performing Arts.” The age group, is that a horny crowd, a crowd that drinks a lot? “
Paristown Hall will be full when musician and Louisville native Jack Harlow takes the stage for his “No Place Like Home” shows in December.
Although the locals are buzzing, Adelberg and others in charge of concert halls like this are planning, maybe even a little more now.
“To determine how many security guards we need,” he said.
Across the country, concert safety – or the lack of it – has been put back in the spotlight after the hugely popular Astroworld Festival, led by rapper Travis Scott, which hosted 50,000 who have gone dead.
What investigators call a “crowd surge” has left eight dead and hundreds injured. Investigators look for the causes, as if they were stepped on or suffocated in the process.
Adelberg tells us he can’t talk about the details of Houston, he says the incident strengthens their security protocols.
“To look at everything we do,” Adelberg said.
He says some of the keys involve having enough security personnel and raising quite a few.
“If a crowd surge or a dangerous event starts, they will be able to see it,” Adelberg said. “See if things start to push towards the stage in a dangerous way.”
For a crowd of 2,000, Adelberg tells us the magic number for him is around 16 to 17 security guards to cover.
For someone as popular as Harlow, maybe even more.
“Maybe there will be an increase,” Adelberg said.
This is important because Louisville is becoming home to more headliners.
We also reached out to John Grantz, overseeing Waterfront Wednesday and other large-scale music events across town.
He also says he can’t comment on what happened in Houston, but spoke about the importance of communication and having enough staff on hand.
We’ve reached out, but couldn’t get comments from each of the other four venues Harlow will be performing at next month, including two through Live Nation – which also hosts the Astroworld festival.