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Crowd management for outdoor music festivals

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Aldo RaineriAldo Raineri, C Earl
Outdoor music festivals (OMFs) are increasingly common events on the summer entertainment landscape for youth in Australia. Attending these OMFs is associated with an increased risk of injury and, in extreme cases, death. Although there have been a number of incidents and fatalities internationally, in Australia there has been only one fatality at a live music event and, as a result, significant attention is now being paid to crowd safety and security issues, as well as infrastructure and production safety issues. The crowd incident model developed by Fruin and its derivative guidelines outlined in this article show that many crowd disasters could have been avoided with appropriate advance planning and management techniques. Reliable real-time communication between those responsible for crowd management and authoritative communication with the crowd are also critical elements in defusing a potentially lethal crowd incident.

History

Volume

21

Issue

3

Start Page

205

End Page

215

Number of Pages

11

ISSN

1837-9362

Publisher

CCH Australia

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

No

Journal

Journal of occupational health and safety : Australia and New Zealand.