Festival Republic will host the fifth national Crime at Major UK Music Festivals conference on Thursday 28th February 2013, at the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre at the Madejski Stadium in Reading.
The annual event has proved an invaluable opportunity for sharing tactics, expertise and experience, to combat crime and promote safety at music festivals. Since it started in 2009, Festival Republic has witnessed a significant reduction in crime rates across Latitude, Reading & Leeds Festivals, showing the value of an open forum for sharing information.
The conference will once again welcome around 120 representatives from key UK festival promoters who run large-scale, professional festivals, their security companies and relevant planning, intelligence and operational officers from local police forces. And this year, the remit has been extended to include a discussion of safety and liaison issues around the cancellation of an event.
Confirmed speakers and topics include:
- Chief Superintendent Andy Battle on the Police de-brief of the 2012 festival season.
- Jim King, director of Loud Sound and director of touring and events at AEG Live UK, on the cancellation of Creamfields 2012.
- Radhia Karaa from the Office of Fair Trading on Operation Javelin (Olympic anti touting/website operation).
- Detective Chief Inspector Mark Teodorini and Detective Superintendent Nick Downing from the Metropolitan Police Service on Operation Podium for the Olympics.
- David Hill on the work and powers of Company Investigations, who carry out investigations on behalf of the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
- David Gunning from Reading Trading Standards on enforcing trademarks at Reading Festival.
The conference will be chaired by Melvin Benn, pictured, managing director of Festival Republic, and Battle, who is divisional commander of West Yorkshire Police.
Photograph © Marc Sethi