By: Rick Landers
With music enthusiasts reaching around the globe, we recognize that all nightblubs and all concerts are not alike, and we not only want you to have fun when you go to a gig, but we want you all to be safe.
The atmospherics and facilities of venues run from responsibly managed clubs, where management is not only focused on ticket and liquor sales receipts, but also the comfort and safety of their clients and guests – to those who are seemingly only interested in ticket sales.
And, even the best managed venues always need to be ready for the unexpected.
While covering a show at the Howard Theater in Washington, D.C., smoke began to filter out to the audience and our writer and photographer decided “better safe than sorry” and promptly left the building, even though an announcement suggested that all was well.
We can all recall the tragedy in February 2003 when Great White performed in West Warwick, Rhode Island and when The Station nightclub’s sound insulation ignited and an accelerated fire engulfed the club in 5 1/2 minutes. One hundred patrons died and 230 were injured.
It’s a scenario that’s been experienced too many times and where patrons can become victims.
And just this past week, a fire at the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, Brazil, ravaged the club that was reported to be filled to double its capacity and leaving 233 bodies in its wake.
Nightclubs around the world work hard to bring their clients great music and want to offer them evenings of live entertainment that are memorable, and ones that will entice patrons to return for more. But, in many locales, fire codes are lax or non-existent, and some owners will pack in crowds with little to no regard for the safety of their ticket buyers.
When it comes to attending a concert that is not only enjoyable, but safe, it becomes the responsibility of the patrons to look out for themselves.
What actions can you take to help reduce your chances of being a victim?