Louisville venues review security plans after Astroworld concert death | News
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Safety protocols at general admission concerts are under closer scrutiny after a deadly weekend at a music festival in Texas.
It was pure chaos this weekend as eight people died while attending the Astroworld festival in Houston. Rapper Travis Scott was on stage as the crowd began to close in on him, with some caught up in the crush of fans.
“After last weekend’s terrible tragedy, we are reviewing to make sure we are doing all we can,” said Christian Adelberg, vice president of marketing for the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts.
Old Forester Paristown Hall is used for general admission shows. While it’s a far cry from Houston’s 50,000 crowd, the venue holds 2,000, which can still provide its own set of challenges.
“Crowdsurfing is not allowed, mosh pits are not allowed, and that’s because safety is so important, especially with large crowds,” Adelberg said.
Many general admission venues in Louisville are double-decker, unlike the Astroworld festival. From the second level, security can watch the waves and waves of the crowd and alert security up front if someone has fallen in the back.
“If we see a situation that could become dangerous, the security chief has the ability to pull the audio feed and play an emergency message and shut it down,” Adelberg said.
Even smaller venues like Zanzabar — with a capacity of around 300 people — plan to control traffic when Louisville rapper Jack Harlow returns to town next month.
Zanzabar owners and those with four other venues sometimes meet after shows to assess safety and recommend changes based on each artist and fanbase. He already has traffic control plans in place for the Harlow show.
“Security is able to get an idea of who is going to come in,” Adelberg said. “Is it a really excited crowd? Is it potentially an out of control crowd?'”
Paris City Hall typically has around 16 security guards for high-energy, high-demand shows. Harlow’s five December shows in Louisville sold out within minutes.
Adelberg said fans will go through metal detectors and have their bags checked, which is standard procedure.
“It’s only a few people at a time who will come in so there won’t be a big mad rush at the door,” he said.
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