40.000 music fans per day
Since 2013, the Electric Love Festival has established itself as one of the most famous and largest festivals for electronic music in Europe, attracting more than 40,000 visitors per day.
In order to be prepared even in case of an emergency, accu:rate was commissioned to optimize the evacuation concept with their crowd simulation tool in collaboration with the safety expert Martin Bardy from siflux.
We examined two different scenarios in detail.
On the one hand, an organized evacuation, in which the visitors are directed to two collection points. On the other hand, an evacuation, in which the visitors are instructed to return to the tents and cars, without having assigned the routes to be taken.
Overall, the organized evacuation was fluid as the visitors were directed to the respective collection point, because conterflows didn't occur. The simulation revealed areas where the layout could be optimized without much effort and the outflow could be improved.
During the evacuation simulation, the visitors were able to choose their route back to the campsite or car themselves. Strong counterflows arose in parts of the festival area which can lead to a very dangerous situation for the people in the middle of the narrow parts, because - as experience shows - high pressure builds up in this area. By closing this passage, the formation of counterflows can be prevented and a overall more fluid outflow of the visitors can be guaranteed.
It is clear that pedestrian flows of 40,000 people in an area of more than 4.5 km² are very difficult to predict. However, simulations help you not to lose track even in large projects.