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Stabbing At Northerly Island Show Prompts Review Of Concert Security

By David Matthews | August 9, 2017 5:06pm | Updated on August 9, 2017 5:34pm
 Huntington Bank Pavillion on Northerly Island
Huntington Bank Pavillion on Northerly Island
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SOUTH LOOP — The promoter that runs concerts at Northerly Island says it's reviewing its security practices after someone was able to bring in a knife and stab two people during a Dropkick Murphys set Tuesday.

A man and a woman were hospitalized following the stabbing during the Dropkick Murphys and Rancid show at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, 1300 S. Linn White Drive. 

Police told DNAinfo earlier that charges were pending for the man suspected in the stabbing.

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Live Nation, the massive concert promoter that runs shows at Northerly Island and counts Ari Emanuel among its board of directors, said in a statement Wednesday that it is reviewing its security practices at the venue following the concert stabbing.

The pavilion's security is run by Monterrey Security, which also handles security at Soldier Field and other high-profile venues in the city.

"The safety of our artists, fans and employees is Live Nation’s highest priority," Jon Reens, Live Nation's vice president of marketing for the Midwest, said in a statement. "We are reviewing our search procedures and working with the Chicago Police Department to better understand the circumstances surrounding the incident and to ensure that we are following the most appropriate security practices at the venue."

The pavilion and Northerly Island sit on city parkland, much of which was redesigned into a new nature reserve in 2015. Tim King, the Chicago Park District's general counsel, declined to comment Wednesday afternoon but previously told the Sun-Times that the district wanted answers from Monterrey. 

Daniel Ramos, Monterrey's vice president of operations, did not immediately return a message seeking comment. 

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