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Terrorism Precautions

A brief guide for musicians who gig and tour regarding what to do in the case of a terrorist incident at a gig or performance.

Last updated: 08 October 2020

Although there is no explicit need for concern, music venues and gigs can occasionally be an attractive target for terrorists.

General advice for performances

The following advice is intended to help gigging and touring musicians stay aware of how best to protect themselves and others in the event of an incident.

  • Be prepared for venue entry to take a little longer than normal. You may encounter heightened security checks such as pat downs or bag searches.
  • Be aware that backstage, all crew and those involved in production will should have visible ID.
  • Tag your own bag and be aware of any unattended bags. With the amount of kit, flight cases, instruments and technical equipment involved it’s easy to miss a lone bag.
  • If an unattended bag looks out of place then ask who it belongs to. Apply this principle: HOT – Has the object been deliberately hidden, is there an obvious threat (wires/timer) is it typical?
  • All venues should have a thorough Health and Safety briefing upon arrival. If this doesn’t happen, ask.
  • You may want to work out what your route would be from the stage or dressing/green room to a safe place, and familiarise yourself with that route in advance.

In the event of an incident

The UK National Police Chief’s Council has prepared short briefing notes for people caught up in a terrorist attack at their workplace. Their advice is: run, hide, tell.

  • Run – to a place of safety. This is a far better option than to surrender or negotiate.
  • Hide – It’s better to hide than to confront. Turn your phone to silent and turn off vibrate.
  • Tell – when or if it is safe to do so, call the police on 999.

If you are ever unfortunate enough to be involved in such an event, don’t be afraid to seek help. Trauma counselling can be invaluable.

Things happen on tours which affect us as people, never be afraid to share these concerns and take care of yourself. You can find more information on our recommended sources of support and advice here, you should also talk to your tour manager about any help that is available.