Rock band Kasabian’s historic Summer Solstice homecoming gig in front of 50,000 fans massed at Leicester’s Victoria Park presented crowd management and event security specialist Showsec with the perfect opportunity to put on a ‘show’ of its own.
Showsec event stewards and managers debuted the company’s new uniform designs at the 21 June gig, which took place barely a stone’s throw away from the company’s Head Office in the city.
“It seemed entirely appropriate this should be the occasion when we used our new uniforms at a major event for the first time, and it certainly heightened the importance of the event to us,” explained Richard Church, Showsec’s regional manager for the Midlands. “We were proud to play such an important role in staging this historic event for the city of Leicester, which will always be remembered as an exciting step forward for the company.”
Church continued: “The new uniforms are a further representation of how we are continually looking to achieve excellence in service for both our clients and members of the public. All of the feedback has been extremely positive, and it’s quite apparent that our staff feel good about the new uniforms which can only enhance that level of service.”
First major concert in Victoria Park for a decade
Showsec’s strong presence at Victoria Park meant that there was predominantly a splash of yellow on the scene for Kasabian’s Summer Solstice event. A workforce of 450 staff was directed by a 62-strong team of management and supervisors put in place for what was a large-scale operation.
“This was the first major concert in Victoria Park for more than ten years,” outlined Church. “The occasion was extra special for a number of other reasons, too.”
From Showsec’s point of view, one of the significant aspects of Kasabian’s homecoming gig – which hihglighted tracks from the band’s new album 48:13 – was that the event took place in the early stages of the security company’s new contract with Leicester City Council, who had collaborated with Live Nation to make the concert happen.
“The operation had its challenges, largely due to the lively audience and the park design, but the event was an overwhelming success,” enthused Church. “We worked closely with Leicestershire Police on crime reduction measures and the feedback from them was very complimentary, as indeed it was from the local authorities and others involved in the organisation.”
Kasabian put on a great show, featuring lots of classic tracks including Shoot The Runner, Underdog, Empire, Processed Beats and Club Foot (the latter two tracks from their excellent debut album).