Belgian festival, Tomorrowland, has vetted all 400,000 ticket holders for security reasons and revoked access to 38 people. Citing concerns over the recent upsurge in terrorist attacks, particularly that of the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, Tomorrowland collaborated with the Belgian federal police.
The police used an undisclosed system to screen all those who purchased tickets for security risks against the National General Database. These records were reviewed not just by computers, but the police themselves. The screening was conducted with permission of the mayors of Boom and Rumst, where the festival is held.
It appears some of the people who were issued denials of access to the festival lodged a complaint with the Privacy Commission. Federal police spokesman Peter de Waele disputed this by citing the mayoral permission which derived from a vote by the city council.
Terrorism is a new reality worldwide, particularly in Europe amidst ISIS exploiting immigration from war torn countries. However, the festival is preparing new security measures to make sure electronic dance music fans will enjoy the circus-themed event worry-free. The federal police have built a wall by erecting concrete barriers to prevent truck attacks and people getting into the event without a ticket.
The world’s largest dance festival now has a higher probability of being safe thanks to these new security protocols.
— Tomorrowland (@tomorrowland) July 11, 2017