FestForum founders Laurie Kirby and Stuart MacNaught on security at US events.

Since the horrific night of 1 October, 2017 when the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada became the deadliest mass shooting in US history, festival producers have been contemplating security measures. On a July weekend this past Summer, four more deaths occurred at the Gilroy Garlic festival in California, and across the US, an attendee was killed at an ‘Old Timers’ neighborhood music festival in Brooklyn, New York. 

It is not a matter of if but when the next attack at a festival will take place. One way to ensure a strategic path forward is by getting industry experts together in the same space. Hundreds of the top North American festival producers gather every November at B2B thought leadership forum, ‘FestForums’, in Santa Barbara to analyse, strategise, and collaborate. 

For five years, the biannual FestForums conferences have pursued a desire to forge alliances between festival producers in food, beverage, music and film, 

FestForums conferences host panels, presentations, keynotes, a booming exhibition hall, networking parties, private concerts, and an industry award show. The events are held in April in San Francisco at the Regency Center and in November at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront..