Show Safety: Health points

Saturday 5 March 2016
14:00 – 15:15
Room 1
Chair: Okan Tombulca, eps (DE)

The terror attack in Paris in November was in many ways a first for the live music business. While the safety of audience and artists alike has always been a key factor in planning a tour or festival, the Bataclan attack, and other incidents in 2015, changed the game. The repercussions have been felt widely across the industry as venues review their security procedures; cancellation and terrorism clauses in contracts face scrutiny; and borders are tightened. So what changes have already been implemented, and ultimately, how much more can be done? From counter-terrorism experts to those on the frontline, we consider what the industry can, and perhaps must do, in order to keep fans, bands and crew safer.

Guest speakers:
Inspector Steve Allen, London Metropolitan Police (UK)
Aidan Gibson, London Metropolitan Police (UK)
Michael Hapka, Mercedes-Benz Arena Berlin (DE)
Salomon Hazot, Nous Productions (FR)
Sergeant Gordon Noble, London Metropolitan Police (UK)
Steve Strange, X-ray Touring (UK)


About Michael Hapka:

Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), a subsidiary of The Anschutz Corporation with its head offices in Los Angeles, is one of the world’s leading companies in the field of live entertainment & sports, but also in real estate development. AEG owns and operates more than 110 multi-functional venues, such as Staples Center in Los Angeles, The O2 in London or Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin. AEG is also the owner of international sport teams.

Michael Hapka, coming from a number of leading roles in Sports, Leisure and Hotel business in Germany, joined AEG early 2013 to manage their arena business in Berlin.  Mercedes-Benz Arena is one of AEG’s flagship arenas in Europe located in the middle of Berlin’s future Entertainment District “Mercedes Platz”, an AEG own development comparable to LA Live in Los Angeles or the Entertainment District adjacent to The O2 in London, which shall be finalized until fall 2018.

2015 – today       MD Mercedes Benz Arena Berlin
2013 – 2015        GM O2 World Berlin
2002 – 2012        Managing Director Aspria Germany, Premium Sports & Leisure Clubs and Hotels
1999 – 2011        CEO Air Service Berlin, Business & Leisure Aviation, Berlin
1996 – 2010        Director Business Development Retail Partners GmbH, Berlin


About Steve Strange:

Steve Strange started his career as an agent with Prestige in 1991 and was there for a year before returning to Ireland to promote shows with MCD/Wonderland for a 12-month period.  He then returned to London to join FAB Agency followed by a year at Solo.  He joined Helter Skelter in 1997. 

In February 2005 he formed a new independently owned agency with Ian Huffam, Scott Thomas, Jeff Craft and Martin Horne, X-ray Touring Limited. Steve’s clients include:

  • Eminem
  • Coldplay
  • Snow Patrol
  • Queens of the Stone Age
  • Jimmy Eat World
  • Bright Eyes

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