IAAPA News - Events - October 2018


IAAPA EMEA Security Roundtable Explores Tomorrowland Music Festival

by Jeroen Verrezen

An international group of leisure security professionals gathered in Brussels, Belgium, for the third IAAPA EMEA Security Roundtable and a behind-the-scenes tour of Tomorrowland, an electronic dance music (EDM) festival. Attendees from some of Europe’s leading attractions shared best practices and lessons from their facilities and visited Tomorrowland’s Event Control Center. 

IAAPA is committed to offering more member benefits for security professionals, which have recently included the creation of a regional safety subcommittee, launched in early 2018, and the tour of Tomorrowland’s operations.

Tomorrowland continues to innovate with unique stage experiences, high-quality food and beverage, luxurious camping and lodging offerings, and its party concept. The event has grown tremendously while riding a wave of increasing general interest in the EDM genre. 

Each year, about two and a half months of construction goes into creating a haven for EDM fans from all over the world who attend DJ sets covering 17 stages over two weekends. The festival is held in De Schorre in Boom, Belgium, where a team of 11,000 crew members welcomes a crowd of 400,000 festivalgoers. 

The festival invests in security efforts and maintains relationships with local authorities and emergency services. In Tomorrowland’s Event Control Center, a staff of 50 safety professionals works together with local emergency services watching over the festival site. This includes both local and federal police, a fire brigade, and first aid team in addition to an extensive security staff. Also, the festival’s campsite, DreamVille, adjacent to the festival site, is monitored from the control center to ensure a safe overnight stay of 38,000 festival attendees each night. For the first time in 14 years, the festival had to operate in extreme warm weather conditions of up to 38 degrees Celsius. The festival organization, which works closely with a dedicated weather forecast team, provided extra services, including free water and cooling devices for guests. 

During the IAAPA EMEA Security Roundtable discussion, park professionals exchanged ideas and best practices related to topics such as security camera technology, bag checks, security threat levels, press inquiries, emergency planning and response, and more. 

IAAPA representatives also presented the IAAPA Security Advisory Program (ISAP), an exclusive member benefit that provides relevant and timely global security information to IAAPA members about situations that may be taking place near their location. Interested security personnel at IAAPA member facilities worldwide must opt in to receive ISAP email notifications and alerts at www.IAAPA.org/ISAP.

For more information about upcoming IAAPA events in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region, visit www.IAAPA.org/EMEA.

Contact Jeroen Verrezen—manager of marketing and communications for the IAAPA Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) Office—at JVerrezen@IAAPA.org.