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Threat of Terrorist Attacks Forces Festival To Increase Security

Belgium has had its fair share of sorrows so far in 2016. In March, Belgium suffered two devastating terrorist attacks at the Brussels Airport and the Maalbek metro station where three suicide bombers took the lives of 32 civilians and injured more than 300.

Although these attacks have been credited to Islamic extremism, Tomorrowland is making sure to beef up its security for the event’s 12th annual festival this July.

Tomorrowland is modifying its security this year so as to include additional bag checks as well as the installation of metal detectors at venue entrances. This is to ensure the safety of fans and artists, which include b2b performances by deadmau5 and Eric Prydz, as well as headliners Armin van Buuren, Alesso, Tiësto, and Gareth Emery, among many others.

A representative from Tomorrowland release a press release regarding the increased security measure.

We are working together with some other summer festivals on collective security measures and guidelines and the metal detector gates will be installed at Tomorrowland too.

...As a society, we must learn to deal with the threat of terrorist attack. These last few weeks and months, a series of intensive consultations have taken place with local and federal police, local governments and the Ministry of Home Affairs in preparation of the approaching festival summer. Existing plans are being updated, additional measures are in the pipeline. The festivals themselves have also taken action. Graspop Metal Meeting, Rock Werchter, TW Classic, Dour Festival, Tomorrowland and Pukkelpop are working on collective measures based on their consultations with the authorities. Clear directives will be established on what to allow or disallow at the various festivals. The aim is to allow backpacks and bags but only following thorough inspection. In the next few days and weeks, each of the festivals will inform its festivalgoers, staff and other interested parties of the directives and guidelines that must be observed. They will do everything in their power to make sure the additional checks run as smoothly as possible. The organisers would like to thank the fans in advance for their understanding, their willing cooperation, the extra effort they are asked to make and also for their continued vigilance.

Tomorrowland will be holding it's 12th annual festival in Boom, Belgium on July 22-24th.

H/T Billboard