Are Music Festivals Safe? 

Are music festivals safe? Read on to find out how you can stay safe at these events. Listed below are some tips to ensure your safety at these events. Be sure to take some medication, such as an inhaler if you suffer from asthma, antihistamines, and an antiseptic to prevent infections. While most music festivals have first aid stations, you won’t always find doctors in the vicinity, so you may want to download the healthdirect app and look for a local GP. 

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Issues at music festivals 

There are several issues with music festivals. Organizing them is not always easy and the last summer saw many gigs suffering from lack of organization. Some urban weekend festivals and even large stadium gigs have had issues. The Killers, for example, were forced to cancel their show at London’s Liberty Stadium due to toilet problems. This was a major setback for the band who had been expected to sell out the stadium for days. NME asked the festival’s organizers for more information about the toilet situation but was told nothing was wrong. 

Proof of vaccination required at Lollapalooza 

A few weeks ago, Chicago mayor Richard Lightfoot announced that proof of vaccination was required for admission to the festival. After public outcry, the festival’s organizers decided to lift the vaccination requirement. Despite the negative press, nearly 400,000 people attended the music festival. While this is a drastic step, public health officials say that the event is still an excellent place to get vaccinations. Chicago public health commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady argued that the city should implement more regulations to keep the festival and its attendees safe. 

Loud noise 

While many people are still unsure whether loud noise at music festivals is safe, some guidelines can help you make the right decision. One guideline is based on the idea that equal sound energy has the same damaging potential. Whether or not this is true is difficult to quantify. Ultimately, this guideline only gives an average value of exposure over a festival or single concert. But it opens up a discussion about what the right level of noise is for the audience and participants. 


Although alcohol consumption is not a major concern at music festivals, some events require it. In some cases, alcohol is sold in onsite bars or restaurants, and people can consume it at the festival. It is not permitted to consume alcohol if you are under the age of 21. Furthermore, alcohol consumption can interfere with the quality of a show. Therefore, if you are planning on attending a music festival, it is important to know the legal limits for alcohol consumption in the area. 


While festival-goers are usually carefree, experimental, and adventurous, drugs can significantly affect the festival experience. While festival drugs may temporarily enhance the festival experience, the danger of addiction persists long after the music has stopped playing. People who experiment with festival drugs are often in denial that they are at risk of becoming addicted. However, it’s important to recognize that festival drugs are highly addictive. What may start as a harmless, fun day at a music festival can quickly lead to recklessness and dependence. 

Social distancing 

Many festivals are concerned about the emergence of social distancing, and 87 percent have canceled events for the summer of 2020. However, there are solutions. The Music Venue Trust has put forward several financial and safety-focused solutions for indoor gigs. The Isle Of Wight Festival, for example, will return on June 17-20 next year. The BRIC director of performing arts looks forward to the music festivals returning to the Island.