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Mareel is delighted to announce that, as originally planned, it has now established an in-house security team to work at events in the venue in future.

Gwilym Gibbons, Director of Shetland Arts, said: “We are very happy to now have our own in-house security team in place that, we believe, will make sure events at Mareel continue to be safe and enjoyable for all attending. We’d like to say a big thank you to Arctic Security and their staff, who provided our security as we put our own team together, for their professionalism during the venue’s start-up period and their enforcing of Mareel’s Door Policy, which we know has been difficult at times! We will continue to work with them on an advisory basis and we appreciate their ongoing support as we move into providing our own security.”

Some of the rules for events in Mareel which the new team will continue to enforce include warning gig-goers against dangerous behaviours that could compromise the creation of a safe and welcoming atmosphere for all. Some of these behaviours include: running in the venue, throwing objects, and crowd surfing. Gig-goers who behave in this manner will be asked to leave.

Gwilym added: “We want to create an atmosphere in Mareel that is welcoming and positive for all and we are confident that continuing to enforce these policies and procedures with our new in-house security team will help to ensure this. Our new team will work their hardest to continue providing a welcoming, safe, and fun place to visit with an excellent choice of food, drink, and entertainment for all.”


In other news, Mareel is pleased to confirm that it now accepts Young Scot Cards as valid ID from those wishing to prove their age for alcohol purchases or attendance of 18+ events. Mareel operates under the Challenge 25 scheme, wherein customers who look under 25 will be asked to prove their age by showing valid photo ID (passport, driving licence, and now Young Scot Card) when attempting to purchase alcohol. Under this scheme, anyone under 18 attempting to purchase alcohol is deemed to have committed an offence and will be asked to leave the premises. Anyone attempting to pay with a tampered or forged card would also be removed and the police may be called. This scheme is used all across Scotland and is credited with helping to decrease underage and dangerous drinking.

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