Showsec finished off its summer season at last weekend’s Bestival (4-7 September).
It continued the crowd management and event security company’s 11-year association with Bestival and its sister event Camp Bestival, one that began eleven years ago, and this latest occasion saw them increase the delivery of services..
As well as a providing a management team heading up a workforce of 850 staff, Showsec also oversaw 1,500 Oxfam volunteers who provided the festival’s stewarding services.
“To cover such a large area requires meticulous planning and attention to detail in executing the whole security operation,” said Showsec’s regional manager (south) Steve Reynolds. “In many respects though, we have grown up with Bestival due to this long association and so our familiarity with the venue helps.
Showsec placed great emphasis on their work with the local police on crime reduction measures.
“We had a good working relationship with Hampshire Police, which had an impact upon the level of crime, and we took on the role of drugs searches from the Police, just as we have done at other festivals,” Reynolds said.
Showsec director Mark Logan acted as head of security for the festival and one of his responsibilities was the co-ordination of the Oxfam operation.
“It does give you reassurance that we can deliver a safe and secure event where everyone can enjoy themselves,” said Dave Grindle, the Festival Manager from Loudsound Productions.
“We’ve got a longstanding working relationship with Showsec and it is very important to us to have the support of such a strong team of managers and supervisors,” said Loudsound Productions festival manager Dave Grindle.
Bestival 2014 ended as the Guinness World Record-breaking, 10.3-metre wide disco ball was hoisted by crane above Magic Meadow before Chic, featuring Nile Rodgers, closed the four-day festival.