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Kasabian’s Summer Solstice homecoming gig heralds new dawn for Showsec

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.”

Kasabian: brilliant gig at Leicester's Victoria Park

Kasabian: brilliant gig at Leicester’s Victoria Park

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.

The new Showsec uniforms made their debut

The new Showsec uniforms made their debut

“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.”

As always, the Showsec event stewarding operation was excellent and drew much praise

As always, the Showsec event stewarding operation was excellent and drew much praise

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).

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Showsec wins security contract with Leicester City Council

Showsec has been handed an exciting new opportunity to expand its East Midlands operation after securing a contract with Leicester City Council.

The new agreement means that the multiple award-winning crowd management and security specialists will now provide its services at many events in the city where the company’s Head Office is based.

This latest development comes as a further boost after the company recently announced similar contracts with local authorities in the two other East Midlands cities, namely Nottingham and Derby.

The Festivals and Events Team at Leicester City Council stage a wide range of culturally diverse events throughout the year, most notably the Diwali celebrations in October, the Riverside Festival in June and the Bonfire Night Celebration which take place in early November.

Diwali celebrations take place in October

Diwali celebrations take place in October

Significant agreement for Showsec

“This is a particularly significant agreement for Showsec because Leicester is our home city,” explained Joe Milner, Showsec’s area manager for the East Midlands.

“It’s important for us to have a close association with the city and its people because of the part they have both played in our success story over many years. We have contributed to the local economy and provided career opportunities for many local people to play key roles in our development. We’re delighted that we now have the opportunity to work with the city on this basis in the foreseeable future.”

Milner continued: “The City Council operates such a diverse range of events throughout the year, so we know that it is going to be an extremely busy, but exciting time ahead. This agreement was made possible because we were awarded a position on the ESPO National Framework 209 Event and Festival Equipment Services in the Security Sector.”

ESPO is one of the United Kingdom’s largest public sector professional buying organisations. “This put us in a strong position to expand our operation across the region,” emphasised Milner, “which we have put so much emphasis upon in the early part of 2014.”

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