Live music attracts a wide audience; no matter your age or musical preference, there’s a concert out there for you. Because music venues cater to so many different types of events, from huge rap festivals like Travis Scott’s Astroworld to more intimate country music concerts, they must be prepared to help make each event safe and fun for every attendee.
There are several laws in place to help define the goalposts of a safe, enjoyable venue. In this blog, the concert injury lawyers at Arnold & Itkin take a closer look at four laws that concert and festival promoters must follow to put on a show.
To help prevent overcrowding and over dangerous situations, a music venue must acquire a permit specifying its maximum legal capacity. This law is applicable no matter the type of event being held, and if an emergency occurs, authorities will investigate whether the capacity was surpassed to determine risk or fault.
In contrast to legal capacity, a music venue can adjust age restriction rules on a per-show basis. These vary based on the crowd a performer attracts and can affect liability. For example, specifying a show’s age restriction as 21 and over can help prevent underage drinking. However, a concert or festival promoter might choose to offer entry to younger patrons to increase an event’s attendance and, therefore, its potential profit.
No matter the age restrictions at a show, a venue must have a liquor license to serve alcohol and, even then, the people in charge can be held responsible for underage drinking. Similarly, the age restrictions for each event must be clearly promoted by concert organizers and enforced by the security they hire.
Rules of Operation
Like many other businesses, venues must have specific opening and closing times. To help enforce this and other rules, it must be fully staffed before opening day and at every single event. This includes security, waitstaff, and medical personnel. But one size does not fit all! Concert and festival venues and their show promoters, for example, are responsible for extensive coverage for their many attendees. Those in charge of a smaller space, however, may not need as much support to provide a comfortable experience.
New Laws Are Created to Keep People Safe
The law isn’t static; new rules and mandates are created in response to events and situations that may raise the need for them. In the wake of the tragedy at Travis Scott’s Astroworld festival that killed 10 young people and injured hundreds more, Governor Greg Abbott of Texas has responded by creating a new statewide task force in charge of beefing up security at concerts.
The governor explained how this task force could help prevent future tragedies: “From crowd control strategies to security measures to addressing controlled substances, this task force will develop meaningful solutions that will keep Texas safe while maximizing the joy of live music events.”
Until now, the state of Texas has had little oversight over large concerts like Astroworld, leaving that responsibility to individual cities.
When festival and concert organizers don’t follow the rules, the attendees at their shows are put at risk. Our concert injury lawyers are committed to holding these promoters and venues accountable for their actions. Laws are enacted to keep people safe, and everyone who goes to a concert or festival should be comfortable and have the space to enjoy themselves.