Article: REGULATED TO DEATH
Articles / October 2003

Click here to download this article as a PDF file (.pdf) “Regulated to Death: Safety Regulation in the Live Event Industry” by Ben Challis  October, 2003 This article discusses the recent event safety problems faced by the live music industry, and the effectiveness (or otherwise) of health and safety legislation. The author argues that improvements in health and safety will only take place where governments and authorities involve those in the live concert industry. At the same time it is pointed out that those in the live concert industry must be pro-active on health and safety issues – or they will find their industry “regulated to death”. SINCE the death of nine young music fans at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark in 2000, the music industry could not have faced a more challenging year than 2003. The tragic deaths of 21 clubbers in Chicago on the 17th February, was followed, within a week, by extraordinary scenes at the Station Club in Rhode Island, New York. When pyrotechnics ignited by the band Great White set fire to the sound-proofed interior of the Station Club, hundreds of people were left dead and injured – including one member of the band. Then, in July, suicide bombers…