AIF Structural and Crowd Safety Conference

//AIF Structural and Crowd Safety Conference

AIF Structural and Crowd Safety Conference

Following the tragic festival stage collapses in the USA at the Indiana State Fair, the stage collapse at the Ottawa Bluesfest when Cheap Trick were playing , the lighting rig collapse at the Flaming Lips outdoor show in Ottawa and the tragedy at the Pukklepop festival in Belgium that shocked the world last summer when bad weather hit the event, the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) will host a Structural and Crowd Safety Conference at London’s Southbank Centre on Friday 3rd Febraury.

The interactive workshop in the morning, run by evactuation specialist Tony Ball, will provide applicable and up-to-date training on dealing with an emergency evacuation and encompassing issues including health & safety. Delegates that attend the workshop as well as the afternoon sessions will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

The morning session is ticketed and there are very limited places, book early to avoid disappointment. There is a discount for AIF Members & Students.


The afternoon sessions are made up of a number of presentations and panels with dedicated Q&A intervals and are free for industry to attend. In order to safeguard against reoccurring tragedies key industry figures and specialists will be exploring the standard practise that needs to go into sourcing and constructing temporary structures and consideration of the very real effect of climate change on outdoor events. Discussions opening up to the floor will concentrare on the nuts and bolts of how to ensure the temporary structures at your outdoor event are safe and how to prepare for and manage crowd evacuation and movements in response to an emergency.

The afternoon sessions are free to attend, but you MUST BOOK IN ADVANCE due to capacity restrictions.




11:30 – 13:00 WORKSHOP
Tony Ball, Show And Event Security / International Centre for Crowd Management and Safety Studies – Interactive Workshop.

13.00 – 14.00 LUNCH BREAK (Cafeteria and local cafes. Not included in ticket price)


14:00 – 14:15 PRESENTATION
Rudi Enos, Senior Designer of Special Structures Lab

14:15 – 14:30 PRESENTATION
Insurance – key issues at live events.Ppresentation TBC

14:30 – 15:00 PRESENTATION
Chris Kemp, Bucks New Uni / ICCMSS – European Response to Climate Issues

15:00 – 15:15 SHORT BREAK

15:15 – 16:30 PANEL / Q&A
Structural Safety and Outdoor Events

Andy Lenthall (PSA) Moderator
Andy Yates (Webb and Yates Engineers)
Richard Bryan (Spring Music Ltd / Bearded Theory Festival)
Roger Barrat (STAR Events Group)
Simon James (TESS)

16:30 – 16:45 SHORT BREAK w refreshments

16:45 – 18:15 PANEL / Q&A
Emergency Planning for Crowd Safety

Chris Kemp (Bucks New Uni / ICCMSS)
Jim King (Loudsound / AEG)
Paul Cook (Live Nation)
Simon James (TESS)

18:00 – 18:15 Extended Q&A time

Rudi Enos, Senior Designer of Special Structures Lab

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