Ariana Grande, others speak out following Manchester tragedy

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Explosions rocked Manchester Arena at following Ariana Grande’s performance late last night in a tragic turn that made many music lovers’ worst nightmare a reality.  As of publication, 22 have been proclaimed dead with dozens more are injured after the apparent suicide bombing. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility, and a 23 year old has been arrested in connection to the attack.

The Manchester bombing hits close to home for the music community as we are reminded that even attending a concert, which is supposed to be an escape, puts people at risk at our current day and age.

Grande took to Twitter to express her devastation shortly after the bombing.

Ariana Grande TWEET

Fellow artists such as Dillon Francis and Martin Garrix are taking to social media to show support for Grande and attendees. Dillon Francis has even promised to pledge money to relief funds following the incident.

Dillon Francis Tweet
Martin Garrix

Markus Schulz, whose upcoming project “The Nine Skies” was in part inspired by terrorism, also took to Twitter to express his disbelief and condolences.

Marcus Schulz

Fans and artists alike have come together in a show of strength and hope during this sad time for Manchester victims and the industry as a whole. We are glad that the electronic music scene has banded together to provide such overwhelming support, but devastated that it has come to this.

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Europe Tightens Festival Security Following Increase in Terror Attacks

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2016 is proving to be an increasingly trying year, as the world has experienced an unprecedented number of terrorist-related attacks all across the globe. Nightclubs and festivals, which were once thought to be inclusive safe-spaces, are now being targeted, as the close proximity of their patrons lends itself to the potential for immense damage. Incidents like the Pulse nightclub shooting or the more recent suicide bombing at a German music festival show that anything can happen anywhere, pushing organizers to seriously reconsider many aspects of their shows.

It seems that some festivals in Europe are significantly ramping up their security measures in an attempt to thwart would-be attackers from doing harm. While this is in no way a ‘fix-all’ type of solution, it’s certainly a step in the right direction. A prominent metal festival in Germany called Wacken Open Air took some bold steps, banning any and all bags and backpacks from the festival grounds. Another festival in Austria, Lake Festival which features headliners like Alesso, DJ Snake, and Martin Garrix, has placed a ban on large backpacks and purses, while also bringing in an additional 500+ security and medical personnel.

Belgian festival Rock Werchter has been required to increase police presence on its grounds, as the country is still on high-alert following the recent airport bombings. While bags have not been banned yet, drug-sniffing dogs will be present and 50 metal-detecting gates will be installed to scan patrons as they enter. In the words of festival organizer Yo Van Saet:

Compare it to airport check-ins.

If we can live with waiting through immense lines at the airport with the potential for a cavity search just to sit in a cramped space for multiple hours, I think we can live with whatever comparable security measures are implemented to keep us safe while dancing for an entire weekend.

 

[H/T: Thump]

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