Explosion in England means more security for Houston music venues

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HOUSTON — After the explosion at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Monday night, it’s hard to feel safe anywhere.

"It was really tragic, and I've felt tremendous sorrow for the people there, particularly because it was in a place that was so full of joy and happiness. I was at Ariana Grande when she performed here at the Rodeo with my teenage son," said Guy Streatfield, who owns a Houston store called The British Isles.

In a city filled with venues where top artists perform nightly, how will the tragedy across the pond effect music lovers here in Houston?

"I think it's definitely gonna have an impact on future concert decisions. I went to a concert here at the Toyota Center and saw The Weeknd a few weeks back, and I was actually pretty surprised by how lax the security was," Shawyan Landi said.

Many are questioning what local venues will be doing to step up their security?

"I’m glad we have the security measure we have, but I could see us stepping it up. It would be really beneficial. They make you empty your pockets, you walk through a metal detector and that's pretty much all you see from them," Rolan Langlais said .

Jerry MacDonald, CEO and President of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in the Woodlands, released a statement saying:

“The safety of our guests, staff and artists is always our top priority for any show at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell pavilion. For tonight`s concert with john legend we will have heightened security as well as bag size restrictions.”

Houston is a hot spot for big events, and it's up to us to keep rockin' on, and not live in fear.

"Houston’s a big city and it could happen anywhere at any concert, any big building like the Toyota Center,"  Kyrique Jlofill said.