MEDIA TOOLKIT FOR LIVE MUSIC VENUES & FESTIVALS
Campaign Timeline: To be publicised from 12 May 2022. The campaign has no end date and can be used in perpetuity. The toolkit will be continually updated.
Counter Terrorism Policing wants live music fans to #BeSafeBeSound, as it collaborates with the UK’s music industry to deliver vital safety advice to the public.
Following the full return of live music this summer, Counter Terrorism Police are working alongside the UK’s biggest music festivals and live music venues to ensure that the public remain safe and play a part in the wider security operation.
The campaign was created in 2019 and following positive feedback from across the live music industry, Counter Terrorism Policing is releasing a refreshed #BeSafeBeSound campaign. The campaign has previously generated support from Leeds & Reading Festival, Download Festival, Glastonbury Festival, Isle of Wight Festival, TRNSMT, Parklife, Creamfields and many more.
2022 will see #BeSafeBeSound branch into both festivals and indoor music venues and support is being encouraged for all-year-round use.
Counter Terrorism Policing is encouraging live music venues and festivals to:
- Empower music fans with safety advice via online and offline methods, such as: social media, websites, digital screens, mobile apps, and posters.
- Reassure music fans that they are safe and security checks are in place to ensure that they have a safe experience.
- Educate and encourage fans to report behaviour that is out of place and not quite right, by reporting immediately to security staff.
- Promote and support by using #BeSafeBeSound creative materials and become exemplars in security minded communications.
Further public safety information can be found at https://www.counterterrorism.police.uk/safetyadvice/
The content suite is available, at no cost, for your organisation, venue or festival to use on any appropriate communication platform.
Interested in getting involved? Please scroll down and follow the simple 3-step process.
PLEASE FOLLOW THE 3-STEP PROCESS BELOW
Step 1. View & Download The Creatives
Please click the button below to visit the Download Area.
Here you can view and download the campaign creatives in a range of styles and formats. We welcome you to add your logo if you wish. If you require any specific sizes or have any questions, please contact email@example.com
Step 2. Review The Social Media, Communication & Campaign Guidelines
Before you go live with the campaign, please review the campaign guidelines by clicking the button below.
Here you can find suggested social media messaging to use across different channels, internal communications information for your business, guidelines for editing the creatives, and guidelines detailing additional safety information that you can include on the safety advice page on your website.
Please include the hashtag #BeSafeBeSound in any social media posts – across all channels. This is imperative for campaign evaluation.
Step 3. Tell us how you plan to support
We are encouraging music venues, festivals, and music organisations across the UK to support the campaign by publicising the campaign creatives and messaging.
We welcome the use of any communication platform: social media channels, websites, digital screens on concourses, digital screens beside the stage, newsletters, posters.
We have established an option system in order to evaluate the campaign.
Please choose the option below which suits your venue or festival and confirm your support and option by emailing below.
Once live, please send photos and videos of the creatives in action at your festival or venue.
We’re more than happy to help with any questions or queries.
Option A – Supporting via all social media channels, website, digital screens, newsletter and/or mobile app
Option B – Supporting via all social media channels, website, digital screens at venue or festival
Option C – Supporting via all social media channels and website (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, company website)
Training Packages For Venues & Festivals
Training for security staff and stewards at festivals and venues
Counter Terrorism Policing is encouraging security staff at live music venues and festivals to take up training in order to recognise suspicious behaviour, understand what to do should a member of the public report something that isn’t quite right, and what to do should a terrorist attack occur.
The ACT Awareness E-Learning training package is a free-to-access platform and takes only 45 minutes to complete.
In order to access the training please visit the Protect UK website, here.
Security Minded Communications – suitable for Media & Communications staff
Have you ever wondered how terrorists and other criminals plan? What information do they need and how do they get it? And what can you, as a professional communicator, do to make it more difficult for them to plan successfully?
Counter Terrorism Policing, in collaboration with City of London Police, provide a two-and-a-half hour training course encouraging you to see communications through their eyes. It is aimed at professional communicators (in-house or agency). We also welcome along security managers, who we encourage to work together with their communications teams.
You will learn how to use a Security Minded Communications approach to make it difficult for terrorists and other criminals to get the information they need and undermine their plans. You’ll find out how Security Minded Communications has been used to help keep other organisations, venues and events secure, and how you can apply this approach to your day-to-day work.
To register your interest, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Counter Terrorism Policing is working with music venues and UK festivals, to help people enjoy their post-lockdown live events safely this summer.
The #BeSafeBeSound campaign was created in 2019 with the aim of sharing simple safety and security advice for music-lovers.
This year, Counter Terrorism Policing is working closer than ever with some of the country’s biggest promoters and venues to ensure the campaign reaches as many people as possible.
Creamfields, Radio 1’s Big Weekend and The O2 are amongst those supporting the campaign, and will be sharing #BeSafeBeSound safety advice on big screens and social media.
Whilst there is no intelligence to indicate an increased threat to festivals or music events, Counter Terrorism Policing’s National Co-ordinator for Protect and Prepare, Chief Superintendent Michael Orchard, is urging the public to follow and share safety advice:
“This summer we’re expecting to see increased footfall at outdoor events, but also the continued return of fans to live music at venues and arenas in our towns and cities.
“Our priority, working alongside festival organisers, is to make sure people can enjoy their favourite artists safely.
“A huge amount of effort goes into training and security measures by organisers, and through #BeSafeBeSound we’re keen to highlight the role the public can play in the wider security operation of an event.
“The best advice is always the most simple, we want people to trust their instincts and report anything that doesn’t feel right. It’s also important to respect security measures that might be in place, and do a little bit of research about personal safety.”
UK Music who provide a collective voice for the UK’s music industry are supporting the campaign this summer. Chief Executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin said:
“An incredible amount of work has taken place to make venues and festival sites as safe as they can be. The security and safety of music fans is everyone’s top priority in what promises to be a brilliant summer of live music.
“While there’s no evidence of any increased threat to live events, it’s important that everyone is vigilant and reports anything suspicious.
“We can all play our part in keeping each other safe – so I would urge everyone attending events to stay alert and follow the advice of police and venue organisers.”
A spokesperson for Creamfields festival, who are supporting #BeSafeBeSound, said:
“As festival organisers we want everyone attending the show to have a fantastic time, people’s safety and security is key to that and remains our top priority.
“We continue to work with Counter Terrorism Policing to share the #BeSafeBeSound safety messaging at the festival to help give people a heads up about what they can do to look after themselves and each other.”
Visitors to The O2 in London will also be encouraged to play their part in event security over the coming months, as the campaign makes an appearance across the venue.
Director of Security at The O2, Paul Williams, said:
“We take the safety and security of all our fans and visitors very seriously and will continue to support #BeSafeBeSound and Counter Terrorism Policing here at The O2.
“Security is everyone’s responsibility, so help us keep you safe by reporting anything that doesn’t feel right to our security and policing teams, and we will always act on those concerns.”
Our advice for anyone attending an event this summer:
- Arrive early for extra security measures. This will help prevent delays in getting into the event.
- Be patient with security checks and don’t give security, staff or stewards a hard time. It might seem inconvenient, but these measures are in place to help you.
- It is essential that you don’t bring unnecessary items to the event; this will help to speed up searches and your entry to the event.
- If you spot something that doesn’t feel right, report it to police or to security staff immediately: don’t leave it to someone else.
- If you see something on social media that concerns you, report it.
- In an emergency, if you think there is an immediate risk, always call 999 and look around you for help from staff – especially those with radios who can raise the alarm quickly.
- Don’t leave bags unattended or anywhere they could cause a security scare. And never agree to look after anyone else’s bags, no matter how genuine they seem.
- If there is an incident, listen to staff and any announcements.
- Remember, the chance of being caught in a terrorism incident is small. But if it happens – Run, Hide, Tell.
More information on what to look out for can be found at www.counterterrorism.police.uk/safetyadvice/
If you see or hear something that doesn’t feel right, trust your instincts and ACT. Report it in confidence at www.gov.uk/ACT. You will not be wasting our time. Your actions could save lives.
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