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Ariana Grande’s upcoming Hong Kong concert – unprecedented security measures to be in place

Following Manchester terrorist attack, concert organisers ban backpacks, bags, purses, bottles, cans, cameras, video and audio recording devices, selfie sticks and long umbrellas. Metal detectors will also be in place

PUBLISHED : Friday, 01 September, 2017, 4:22pm
UPDATED : Friday, 01 September, 2017, 4:31pm

Strict security measures are being put in place for this month’s Hong Kong performance by US pop star Ariana Grande, whose May concert in Manchester was attacked by a terrorist, leaving 23 people dead.

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The security measures, announced today by concert promoter Live Nation, state concert goers cannot bring backpacks, bags or purses of any size, bottles or cans, cameras, video or audio recording devices, or selfie sticks or long umbrellas into the venue.

Live Nation said only small transparent plastic bags would be permitted and that lockers and cloakroom services would be made available.

The organiser also warned ticket holders that “all audiences will be searched and required to go through metal detectors before entering the hall” at AsiaWorld-Expo on September 21.

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The security measures are unprecedented in Hong Kong’s live music industry. A spokeswoman for Live Nation said Grande’s touring team had issued the security directives to organisers of all concerts on the pop star’s ongoing Asia/Australia tour.

On May 22, British-born Salman Ramadan Abedi detonated a shrapnel-laden home-made bomb as fans were leaving Manchester Arena after a Grande concert. The bomber was among the 23 people killed, and about another 250 people were injured.

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In response to the attack, Grande organised the One Love Manchester benefit concert in the northern city on June 4. The concert was held under tight security, with hundreds of police and a significant number of armed officers.