A massive security operation will swing into action when The Biggest Weekend festival comes to Swansea
South Wales Police and Swansea Council are working on plans to ensure Radio 1 s The Biggest Weekend on May 26 and 27 goes ahead smoothly. A total of 26,000 tickets will be available for each day, more than a full house at the Liberty Stadium, which holds just under 21,000 people. Some road closures are expected, while police will draw on their experience of dealing with major events like heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua s title fight at Cardiff s Principality Stadium last October.
The two-day music festival has been hailed as a great result for Swansea, with more acts to be revealed in the coming days and weeks. The city s authorities have dealt with big crowds before, such as the tens of thousands who attend the Wales National Airshow on the seafront every year.
Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift performing on stage in California last December (Image: Getty Images)
A Swansea Council spokesman said: While attracting the Biggest Weekend is a major coup for Swansea, an event of this scale may lead to some disruption in the area including some road closures and additional traffic management measures.
Once our plans have been finalised we will publicise them widely to ensure that residents and visitors alike enjoy what is going be a fantastic event for Swansea. A South Wales Police spokesman said it wanted festival-goers to have a safe and enjoyable time.
As always, our priority will be to maintain a visible and reassuring presence in and around the city and to provide the response the public would expect to keep them safe, he said.
As our planning and preparation develops we will be in a better position to provide information around how the event will be managed.
Music fans at last year s Radio 1 Big Weekend festival in Hull had to undergo body and bag searches as part of airport-style security checks.
Last summer, a decision was taken in Swansea to place large concrete barriers to cordon off a section of Oystermouth Road to vehicles during the weekend air show2 . But it is not clear yet what security measures will be adopted in and around Singleton Park on May 26 and 27.
Crowds flock to the seafront in Swansea for the Wales National Air Show
The park has hosted many concerts, from Proms in the Park to Noel Gallagher s High Flying Birds, and Olly Murs to the now defunct Escape dance music event. Pamela Morgan, chairwoman of Friends of the City of Swansea Botanical Complex, said of The Biggest Weekend: The amount of people coming is going to put off your normal park visitors.
You re not going to come for a meditative hour in the park or a quiet stroll ! But we would expect the rest of the park will be protected from the influx.
We must protect our assets, and I m sure the council have taken that into account. Mrs Morgan said the fact The Biggest Weekend was coming to Swansea was great news.
I think it s going to be good for Swansea, she said .
We were so disappointed when we lost City of Culture 2021 and where else in the city would it take place?
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In May 2017, Fitzakerley was sent a formal request for information in relation to the unlicensed door supervisors. However, he failed to provide this, which is an offence under the Private Security Industry Act 2001 (PSIA). Our investigation also discovered that Fitzakerley had supplied a further security operative working as a door supervisor on a security guarding licence in October 2016 at another licenced premises on Silver Street, Doncaster. Fitzakerley Fitzakerley who entered a guilty plea on 1st appearance at the Magistrates Court.
He was fined 400 in total for supplying an unlicensed security operative and failing to provide information. He was ordered to pay a surcharge of 30 and costs of 560. Pete Easterbrook, our criminal investigations manager, said:
This is an excellent example of partnership working with the South Yorkshire Police Licensing Team, culminating in the successful prosecution of an individual and company supplying unlicensed and untrained door supervisors in the Doncaster arearea. The Court took into account the fact that Fitzakerley pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity. As a result, the district judge awarded Fitzakerley maximum credit and this is reflected in the sentence received.
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