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Event specialist on tour with three of the biggest names in music


Health & safety event expert Harrier has been in the spotlight during the summer event season.


The Castle Donington-based company gave years of event management and health & safety expertise to the  Jay-Z and Beyoncé On the Run II Tour and two dates of Taylor Swift’s UK visit.


The events marked a hugely successful period for Harrier.


The team worked across several dates of the On the Run II UK tour, including the world premiere at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium and at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium. It was also on hand at the Etihad Stadium a few days earlier for the visit of Taylor Swift and were also on hand to assist at her concert under the famous Wembley arch.


Harrier assisted the promoter, Live Nation, for these summer events, their work involving liaising with local authorities, venue teams and organisers, through to having a team of health & safety personnel on site during the performances to ensure a safe, yet comfortable and enjoyable environment for the audience and the safety of the artists and production teams.


Managing Director Andy Smith said: "This has been such a phenomenal year for us here at Harrier, to bring our expertise and know-how to two of the major tours, running concurrently during the summer was challenging but hugely rewarding.


"We had a team of eight health and safety advisers who worked across these gigs, with some of them leap-frogging from one venue to the next.


"Ultimately, Harrier is as good as the people it employs and I’m proud of each and every one that worked on site. Not only did they do a fantastic job of ensuring the events were run safely but for being such fantastic representatives of our business.”


Over 30 days, spanning five venues, Harrier’s team planned and implemented various aspects of event health & safety.


Andy added: “Collaboration and communication has always been a vital part of what we do here at Harrier and it’s especially important for these major tours. Often we are dealing with individuals based overseas or employed on other events, so we need to have plans in place to hit the ground running when we do eventually get on site, after all, we don’t have the option to move the deadline and ask the audience to come back the next day.


"We were privileged to work with such skilled and knowledgeable production teams, venue staff and site managers on each event. Tens of thousands of people attend these gigs – which was amazing to see! – and it’s vital everyone works as a team to make sure deadlines are met and all are kept safe.”


This summer was the busiest in Harrier’s history. In addition to working with Jay-Z, Beyonce and Taylor Swift, the specialists also worked at many other major festivals taking place across the UK, including the Detonate Festival in Nottingham in June.