Bloodstock Open Air 2014 not only proved to be another memorable occasion which enhanced the festival’s proud reputation, but it also served as an important landmark for crowd management and event security specialist Showsec in terms of its ongoing association with the heavy metal event. The fifth year of Showsec’s involvement with the festival, which takes place each year at Catton Park in Derbyshire, marked the start of a new three-year contract awarded to the Leicester-based company. After thousands of denim and leather-clad heavy metal fans enjoyed three days of revelry featuring metal legends including Saxon and thrash kings Megadeth, the organisers were clearly delighted to hit another high note. ” Bloodstock celebrated its 14th year in style,” said Adam Gregory, the event’s director.” We’re proud to be associated with Showsec for all our security and stewarding needs. Yet again, the company was outstanding in terms of its all-round performance. Its staff engaged in a friendly and courteous manner with both festival crew and fans alike. Any issues were dealt with swiftly and without incident, ensuring that everyone had a great weekend. Showsec is a true credit to its industry.” The enjoyable time had by so many who attended Bloodstock Open Air 2014 between 7-10 August was shared by the staff on duty for Showsec at Catton Park. ” Bloodstock attracts a very dedicated crowd of heavy metal fans, and the atmosphere certainly puts it up there among the more enjoyable festivals at which we operate,” explained Joe Milner, Showsec’s area manager for the East Midlands.” It has been an absolute pleasure working with the organisers and fans over the past five years.” This time around, the weather presented the biggest challenge.” We had to contend with an amber warning for six hours on the Sunday due to hurricane Bertha,” explained Milner,” but it didn’t cause too much disruption and didn’t spoil the enjoyment of the crowd.”
Showsec hailed as” credit to their industry” in wake of Bloodstock 2014 Festival role
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.