6/8 Talks: Live Music Safety

MANCHESTER Arena ATTACK, May 22nd, 2017.
Pulse Nightclub shooting, June 12th, 2016.
Christina Grimmie Shooting, June 10th, 2016.
Bataclan Theatre Shooting, November 12nd/13th 2015.

These days are just a few of the days that have disheartened and changed the music industry the last couple years.

These dark days mark horrific moments in history where evil chose to tarnish and ruin moments of beautiful people, in a beautiful space, coming together the love of music.

However evil did not win, and they will not prevail — because the world continues to join together for the love of music. We will sing, we will dance, we will prevail.

While we will continue to celebrate our love and passion for music, it is so important to know what to do if and when evil tries to take this right away from us again.

Here are some need-to-know safety tips in case of an event attack:

Always remain aware.

It’s easy to get caught up in the moment of the show– but pay attention to your surroundings. Upon entering the venue, be sure to notate and keep in the back of your mind where exits are should something ever happen. Take note of the people around you as you make your way to your seat or designated area.  Have a bad vibe about the guy or girl next to you looking shifty? If you see something “off,” say something. You were given an intuition for a reason. Keep an eye out. Stay alert. Stay aware.

Survey the Situation.

I realize when you’re in the middle of a traumatic event like this, it’s difficult to collect your thoughts and act fast. You’re in a panic; you’re watching your life flash before your eyes. Focus. Listen for announcements and then hone in on where the attack is coming from — where are people running from? Where are they running to? Make your next moves from there.

Take Action.

Move towards the nearest exit. Try your best not to go out the way you came in. Escape the area quickly, yet calmly.

If this attack is one where the suspect is armed, and you cannot escape quickly, make your way to the nearest room and lock the doors. Put whatever you can in front of the doors and remain silent. Many times if the suspect/attacker has to do extra work to reach victims, he will just forgo it and move on (Source: FBI Emergency Response Team).

You need to escape the venue, calmly and quickly. Make your way toward the nearest exit — if at all possible, not the entrance you came in. If you cannot find an exit, be prepared to break out of a window and escape. Survey the situation for any and all exits.

Stay Together

If you’re in a group, stay together. Help one another out. Remind each other not to panic and problem solve this best you can swiftly and utilizing all resources. If you’ve needed to lock yourself in a room, make sure your group is silent as to not draw attention to yourselves.

Many times in attacks like this, you’ll get caught in a stampede of people in a panic. Do your best to remove yourself from the center of the stampede with your group to avoid getting hurt or trampled. Look for a wall or pillar for safety and make your way to the nearest exit.

Seek help

Even if you or your friends were not a physical victim of an attack if you were present or know someone who was, it is entirely normal for this to affect you in ways you may never even understand. Take the time to process and heal from this horrific event and seek professional help for symptoms of depression, anxiety, or PTSD. Any and all feelings are justified — talk to someone and seek the healing you need and deserve.

On behalf everyone at everyone at 6/8 Records, our hearts go out to the victims, friends, artists, loved ones, and families of these horrific attacks. 

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

One thought on “6/8 Talks: Live Music Safety

  1. The fact that this kind of violence has practically become the norm, is so very sad. The attacks that happened, were and are devastating to me. We should not have to think this way, but unfortunately, it’s our reality now. Thank you, for this article.


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