Sasquatch beefing up security in wake of Manchester concert bombings

May 25, 2017
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In a now-deleted tweet, Sasquatch! Music Festival put out a notice from Live Nation announcing beefed-up security protocols that tightened up what you could and could not bring into The Gorge during the 3-day event, such as restricting the entrance of backpacks and regulating the size of small bags you could bring in. For a little bit there, it was unclear about what exactly those new protocols were going to be, or if they were even official as the tweets and announcements disappeared almost as quickly as they were released.

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Now, the both Live Nation and Sasquatch (via Live Nation) have put out an officially official notice of what is and isn't allowed in the venue this weekend.

Are backpacks allowed? 
The language is unclear, but you are better to be safe and not bring one, than sorry and be turned away to run back to your campsite, drop it off and then be at the back of the line. The specific language from Live Nation is as follows...

Items not permitted include, but are not limited to: Weapons of any kind, alcohol, illegal drugs/substances, glass containers, cans, hard sided/large coolers, large or oversized bags/back-packs, laser pointers, animals (except service animals) and fireworks.

What isn't clear is if this means that only large backpacks are prohibited or if it's any backpack at all, as well as large oversized bags. Again, either way you are going to be searched, so best leave it at the van. 

The new protocols also include physical pat-down inspection and/or metal detectors and if you bring a bag, it will be inspected. However, if you don't have a bag, there will be bag-free express lanes to get through the line in record time. 

The new guidelines are being introduced via LiveNation across multiple venues and events, which include NYC Governor's Ball, Lollapalooza, and Sasquatch. The rumored restrictions come in the wake of a terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England on Monday which killed at least 22 people. 

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Though the attack took place outside the arena, as patrons were exiting, the resulting impact is being felt across the music industry as organizers, authorities, artists, and promoters try to prevent any future event from taking place.

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