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Going Dutch

by msecadm4921

Event security companies Showsec (UK) and Dutch sister company The Security Company marked a decade of international co-operation managing the security at this year’s Lowlands Festival.

The sold-out three-day festival attracted 55,000 festival-goers, with camping adjacent to the site and a music and arts bill. Arctic Monkeys, The Prodigy, Snoop Dog and a Dave Grohl surprise guest band headlined some of the 11 stages, based in huge tents. There was also a theatre tent, a debating tent where politicians engaged with the audience around issues of the day and art installations.

Eighty Showsec security staff travelled to Holland to blend expertise and operational skills alongside 640 of their counterparts from The Security Company (TSC). Special Projects Manager Steve Reynolds led Showsec’s integration of knowledge and systems with TSC’s Managing Director Gerard Van Duykeren, Steve said: “There are a lot of parallels and a standardisation of systems that has evolved between our two companies, which have come out of working together on Lowlands over the past ten years. I can see a fresh ‘European ethos’ developing to provide safe, customer focused event security underpinned by us sharing our approaches to education, management systems and creating career opportunities for security professionals. The result is an ever improving service we can offer clients.”

On site, Steve Reynolds accompanied by recent Academy graduate Yerodin Stewart managed the deployment of the UK teams, who had all completed the company’s specialist pit training and accreditation, focusing these skills in the front of stage pits.

TSC co-ordinated the 24/7 festival staffing, with senior management located in a sophisticated event control centre and utilising modern camera technology, which improved effective monitoring and communication between their own staff and local emergency services. The event security operation even extended to an on-site courtroom for quick processing of simple offences (such as drug possession). Gerard Van Dykeren said: “Mojo Concerts is a very safety conscious promoter and they have been very open to us introducing procedures to improve crowd management and security at Lowlands. They are very attentive to their audience and everyone working on the site so have fully supported our introduction of security innovations to improve their festival.”

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