I was very sorry to hear about the tragedy in Seoul last week. This comes less than a month after a similar crowd crush event at a football match in Indonesia and less than a year after the one at the Astroworld Festival in Houston. Our condolences to the families, friends and anyone else affected and best wishes for a speedy recovery to those who have been injured. Although investigations are still in progress, in all cases, they highlight the importance of preventing such situations arising in the first place. In Australia, public events are heavily regulated and there has been some excellent work done on this topic which should be more widely known. However, it will take me a little while to put together some of the various strands, so for now I will just leave you with some ways to prevent crowd surges at concerts brought to you with kind permission from The Conversation.
There are also more things which individuals could do to protect themselves if they find themselves in a similar situation, so there’ll be more on that in the post after that.