Six weeks after a terrorist blew himself up at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, organizers of the International Live Music Conference announced they are planning a one-day meeting focusing on safety and security at venues and arenas.

The Event Safety and Security Summit (E3S) is scheduled to take place Oct. 10 at London’s Intercontinental Hotel. International venues, touring and sport professionals, along with security experts, are expected to attend. The event is being produced with the European Arenas Association (EAA) and the UK’s National Arenas Association (NAA), with input from other leading theater and venue organizations and live event security companies, a statement said.

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“As pan-Europe’s specialized arena association we share a responsibility to provide our members with access to industry security professionals, technology experts and counter-terrorism specialists,” EAA President Brian Kabatznick said. “The EAA joins the NAA and the ILMC in participating in this important E3S conference with the intention of providing our venues, staff, guests and tenants with the appropriate procedures and methods to safeguard our facilities and events.”

The EAA represents 36 arenas in 22 European countries, while the National Arenas Association focuses on 22 arenas across the UK and Ireland. The  International Live Music Conference has been a widely-known meeting place for live music professionals worldwide for over 25 years. ILMC also publishes IQ-Magazine, a leading B2B magazine.

The E3S security conference is by invitation only, though input from professionals across the industry is being requested at

“E3S will be a forum to share information and best practices, as well as the latest concepts and tools related to security at live events,” ILMC head Greg Parmley said in the statement.

Added association chair Martin Ingham: “Developments to improve the safety and security of everyone in our arenas has always been a key priority for the National Arenas Association. It is imperative that we continually and collectively identify and understand best practice in these areas and E3S gives us precisely this opportunity alongside other venues and industry experts.”

The full agenda for E3S will be published in August. For more information, go here.

Maggie O'Brien

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Maggie O'Brien has been a journalist for more than 15 years. She's covered everything from from crime to politics to fitness. Writing about bands and shows takes her back to the days of going to punk rock shows in the Midwest.
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