Safety First: How the Manchester attack changed live music forever

James Hanley

What happened in Manchester on the evening of May 22, 2017 was the live industry’s worst nightmare. A terrorist attack outside the city’s arena as fans were leaving an Ariana Grande concert claimed 22 lives – including children – and changed the face of venue security forever.

“Immediately post-Manchester, there was a total review of the security of virtually every venue in the UK,” says Reg Walker of Iridium Consultancy, which works with arenas such as The O2.

“There were ...

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