Skip to main content

In wake of the horrific Manchester attack, concert promotion titan Live Nation--the company behind festivals like EDC, Electric Forest, Lollapalooza and HARD Summer--has reportedly gone back and forth on whether to increase security measures.

On Monday evening, 22 May 2017, almost 21,000 people flocked to Manchester Arena to enjoy a performance by pop star Ariana Grande. In a dreadful turn of events, a bomb detonated by a suicide bomber led to the deaths of 22 people, while another 59 were rushed to the hospital, many in critical condition. The attack was claimed by militant group ISIS, although the validity has not been confirmed by authorities.

Humanity has clung together, with prayers and support raining into Manchester from all across the globe. The electronic music community stands in solidarity with Manchester as well. Many of us go to concerts as a safe space. A tragedy like the Manchester attack is a reality shock that makes many of us feel vulnerable attending shows.

In response to the attack, Ariana Grande has cancelled the rest of her tour, while organizer Live Nation has offered refunds to those who have purchased tickets. Moreover, given the UK has raised its threat level to “critical”, TMZ reports that Live Nation intends to offer refunds to other major concerts in the region, such as Katy Perry and Iron Maiden, among others.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

rl grime nero

Listen to RL Grime and Nero's Haunting Collab, "Renegade"

The track was released by Grime's Sable Valley.

Martin Garrix

Martin Garrix Is Launching a Music Academy to Help New Artists

The program will offer masterclasses from Garrix himself, among other initiatives designed to equip young artists with tools to navigate the music industry.


Here Are the Best Spotify Wrapped Memes of 2022

Let's laugh away all the tracking we let this giant tech company get away with this year.

On top of that, it was initially reported that Live Nation it would be reevaluating its security measures, in order to ensure effective safety to combat the impending danger surrounding music events. One of the major caveats to the reported changes was restrictions on the size of bags allowed, as well as the implementation of CCTV surveillance. Fans worry that bringing bags of any sort may be discouraged, including camelbacks. Of course, with the new protocols, normal lines are expected to be more time-consuming.

However, as festivals like Bonnaroo (also a Live Nation event) responded that it would be pursuing slightly different security measures, it was clarified that Live Nation was not necessarily enforcing these measures at each and every one of their festival events. The following screen grab, taken by a Reddit user of a statement made by an alleged Bonnaroo representative, suggests that festival events still may have a monopoly over their own security.  

Despite several news outlets reporting the increased security measures, it looks as though Live Nation has pursued a pro-education stance as opposed to implementing full blown changes to security protocol.  

Live Nation organizes festivals like Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, Camp Bisco and over 100 others across the globe, as well as single night shows on a similar worldwide scale. While public events always pose a possible risk, it's important that we educate each other and look out for one another in an effort to help prevent future tragedies.

Thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and families affected in Manchester. It is in trying times like these we must come together as one mankind and stand strong. If lines are longer at the next festival or show you attend, it is natural to feel a little frustrated, but bear with it. Remember, the heightened security is only to ensure your safety.


Live Nation Logo

Live Nation Postpones All Tours after Stock Takes Unprecedented Hit

The promotional giant has reported a single-day loss of $1.8 billion.


Live Nation Sees Path to Resuming Live Shows at Scale By Summer 2021

"We are working on a roadmap to get back to live safely."

Live Nation

Live Nation Announces Revised Refund Policy for Ticketholders

Live Nation's CEO took to Twitter to share the good news.

BigCityBeats WORLD CLUB DOME Drive-In

Live Nation UK Cancels Drive-In Concert Tour Less Than Three Weeks After Announcement

The entertainment company cited potential local lockdowns as its main source of concern regarding the tour.

EDC LV 2021-FIRE WORKS-Brian Rapaport Photo_21

Snap and Live Nation to Launch Augmented Reality Experiences at EDC Las Vegas

The AR tech will also reportedly appear at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits, among other major music festivals.

women nation fund

Live Nation Announces Women Nation Fund set to Invest In Female Run Music Businesses

Run in conjunction with the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative by the University of Southern California, Live Nation is putting their money where their mouth is and taking major steps towards equality in the music biz.

Live Nation

Live Nation Acquires Remaining Songkick Assets and Settles Suit for $110 Million

This long standing legal battle between Songkick and Ticketmaster has finally come to a settlement days before it was ready to go to trial!

HARD Summer

Live Nation to Face Lawsuit Over Teen's Fatal 2015 Drug Overdose at HARD Summer

A judge ruled that the entertainment giant must face a suit filed by the family of Katie Dix, who died of a drug overdose in 2015.