If you are a music-lover living in the UK, you are likely to have a wide choice of venues where you can regularly see performers to suit your tastes. Although personal injury accidents at such events are rare, audience members should be aware of potential hazards caused in packed and excited crowds.
The level of risk will be associated not just with the hall or other building where the musicians or singers will be on stage, but also with the style of music and the type of fan it attracts.
A concert of classical works performed by a renowned orchestra in a city centre hall or theatre holding up to 1,000 people, most likely will attract patrons who are interested in sitting quietly to concentrate on the playing and then they will leave the auditorium in an orderly manner.
In such circumstances, the main risk of someone suffering an accident would be a slip, trip or fall while entering or walking around in the hall. Usually, such venues are owned by local authorities and have strict safety protocols and plenty of staff on hand to prevent anyone suffering harm when they have come out to enjoy themselves.
At the opposite extreme in terms of public entertainment are the band gigs in pubs where there is not much space, and a happy atmosphere may be soured by someone who has drunk too much alcohol.
Common links with the two types of venue include a slip, trip or fall, which may be especially relevant in a cramped building with low light levels where it may be difficult for customers to make their way round in safety.
Loose or unsafe pyrotechnics can also pose a significant danger to attendees at any music venue. If the owner of the venue has failed to keep hazardous electronics and lighting well out of danger, it could lead to a serious accident including burns, scarring and electrocution.
The effect of alcohol on the behaviour of people at music events should be recognised not just by those attending but also by owners, management and staff who have a duty to protect anyone on their premises from harm.
Any venue used for public entertainment has to be licensed by the local authority where it is situated, and its officers will make regular inspections to ensure precautions such as marking of fire safety exits and removal of obstructions which might cause a hazard have been carried out.
Over-crowding can be a safety problem, as well as a cause of discomfort, and premises such as village halls and community centres will have set limits on the number of people either standing or sitting which can be adequately accommodated. If a hall administrator has failed to keep a check on users, he may be liable to receive a summons for breaching the regulations and certain uses banned at the hall.
Outdoor music concerts and festivals have health and safety hazards of their own, and often organisers issue a disclaimer to ticket holders suggesting that they must be responsible for their own care while on the site.
It is the owners or managers responsibility to ensure the upmost safety and protection for attendees. If you have been injured at a music venue and it has been caused by the negligence of another party, you have the right to seek compensation for the injuries caused.
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