Three (3) years ago the Paris venue ‘The Bataclan’ shooting took place. It was at the time the only recorded attack on a music concert. Two (2) years later, we witnessed a bomb attack at the Manchester Arena. Both attacks resulted in the death of fans and touring people.

Unbeknown to the music industry attacks on concerts had just became a new publicity tool for radical causes.

Last year we faced further tragedy with the Las Vegas shooting at the Route 66 Festival and although not a terrorist attack, an attack that took many music lovers lives.


HSM Ltd and LLC, with the advice and guidance from the US Department of OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act), Homeland Security, HM Police Force and our 20 year’s experience of World Tours, can implement new measures for your safety in the situation of ‘An Active Shooting or Terror Attack that can be designed to fit with in the Touring Industry.

Tour Security Consultant and Advisor Colin Lish is the company’s expert in Touring with over 23 years’ experience ranging from Stadium Tours with Oasis, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kings of Leon, Kayem Tent Tours with Radiohead and World Wide Arena tours with Pink, Katy Perry, Snow Patrol and many more.


Colin not only has 23 year’s experience touring the world with music artists but holds two (2) Crowd Management degrees in Crowd Safety Management and Crowd Safety by design.

During the 3 years that Colin attended Buckingham University he wrote 2 dissertations on Front of Stage Barrier safety. These papers were considered so new and advanced in the research of safety within this area that Dr Mick Upton made them compulsory reading to all graduates undertaking Crowd Management Degrees. 

Colin is recognized and considered by many industry leading figures as the leading expert in this field.

His two (2) papers are currently also being considered for inclusion within the new Australian Guide to Safety at Music and Outdoor Events. The Australian Health and Safety commission have been in need of such a document for some time and for Colin’s papers to be considered in this document is a huge acknowledgment of respect for Colin and his research into this specific area of concert safety.

Colin’s role is in NON FRONT line security / consultancy and is responsible for advising all the companies clients when they are preparing for their next world tour on the following;

Tour Risk Analysis

  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Management
  • Risk/Incident Communication

Tour Emergency Management (or Response Management)

  • Mitigation
  • Preparedness
  • Response
  • Recovery

Touring Barrier Systems

  • Design 
  • Configuration 
  • Type / Make 

Touring Staff Manning Levels

  • Venue Security Director and Coordinator 
  • Hotel and FBO advance 
  • Personal Security 
  • Tour Director of Security