New rules rolled out for fans at Stones concerts
Unprecedented new rules will be put in place for the audience at next weekend's Rolling Stones concerts in a bid to avoid another embarrassing Hong Kong rock show episode.
As well as imposing extra-tight security due to the Gulf conflict, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre management will hand out fliers to concert-goers requesting they comply with the new rules.
Details of the arrangements are due to be announced at a media conference this week.
About 16,000 people are expected to attend the shows over the two nights - Friday and Saturday. The audience will be asked not to stand on chairs and to be considerate to fellow fans to avoid a repeat of complaints by people who attended a recent show by singer Ronan Keating, who said they could not see.
It is understood that on the two nights of the Stones shows, emergency exits to the left and right of the stage will be used to make leaving easier.
Large numbers of fans will have to walk down six flights of stairs to a lower level of the centre, the Post has learnt.
The rest will leave through the normal exists.
The hall below Hall Three, where the Stones will perform, has been cleared for the shows to make leaving the convention centre easier.
The stage will also be higher than normal and a new 3,000-seat retractable grandstand will be used for the first time.