Colchester Music Festivals

Round the clock ambulance and first aid services
Music Festivals have been a popular way of socialising and viewing live music for many years now (some as early as 1914) and the number of festivals taking place in the UK has increased greatly over recent years.

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They take on many different genres, including rock, folk, indie and jazz, to name a few, and often involve attractions and activities for people of all ages, including families with young children, and so appeal to a wide variety of the public.

Music Festivals are renowned for bringing a sense of community and togetherness to the venue in which they are being held, however, as with all events, they also bring their own set of challenges and risks along too, which event organisers have a duty to assess and manage.

With some of the larger UK festivals attracting around 175,000 visitors each year, it is no wonder that our already stretched NHS Ambulance Service would find it near impossible to cope with that temporary increase in population; it is well documented they are often working at, if not above capacity, and even 999 calls cannot always be answered in a timely manner. For this reason, event safety guides now state that each event should ensure its own medical provision is in place, in order to cause as little disruption to the statutory services as possible, and this is where Medic 1 can step in to assist.

Our service

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We are able to offer a bespoke service to Music Festival organisers, taking away the stress and often time consuming hard work that is involved in organising medical provision at their event. Our experienced team know just the right questions to ask to ensure an accurate initial risk assessment is undertaken, which will then allow our clinical leads to determine the correct level of resources needed. This risk assessment takes a variety of factors into account, including the location of the festival, activities being undertaken and also the festival’s demographic. With our dedicated expert team on hand, we can produce a finalised quote within a very short space of time, and all at no cost to the client.


Should you, as a client wish to proceed with that quote, we can also assist in the planning of your event by attending SAG meetings if required and by completing a finalised medical risk assessment and medical plan, to ensure your event is resourced accurately and is in line with the latest Health & Safety regulations and Purple Guide recommendations. We fully understand that plans can change; activities are often added as an event progresses and so a re-evaluation of the risk assessment may be required at some point. This is no problem at all; we will work with you in making any amendments needed to ensure that medical cover is, once again, suitable to your needs. This may result in the level of resources being altered, which may also cause an alteration to the original cost, however, this will be discussed fully with you and confirmed at the time.


Following on from your event, we are happy to attend any debrief meetings. We also provide you with a detailed medical report, including a comprehensive (anonymised) breakdown of the number of patients treated, the types of illnesses/injuries sustained throughout your event, and also any feedback and recommendations from the team who attended. This has proved to be very useful to organisers when planning similar events in the future.

Our resources

Every member of our highly skilled team are experienced in assessing, treating and monitoring patients on site where appropriate, and also in assessing when a patient requires additional treatment at a hospital. Medic 1 cover a wide variety of events and venues and are fully trained in de-escalation and communicating with intoxicated patients. We have a variety of resources available and, depending on the outcome of your event’s risk assessment, you may be provided with, or request, any of the following:

How can we help? For more information or to request a quote please call us on 0845 00 44 999. Lines are open 09:00 to 17:30 daily.
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