Se­cu­rity tight for Grande

East and Bays Courier - - OUT & ABOUT - STAFF RE­PORTER

Strict en­try con­di­tions will be in place at Ar­i­ana Grande’s Auck­land show, with con­cert­go­ers be­ing warned to leave their bags at home.

Spark Arena is­sued a statement say­ing fans car­ry­ing any bag, even as small as a clutch, would be de­nied en­try.

Grande is due to per­form at the Auck­land arena on Satur­day.

The venue also warned it would en­force a no cam­eras policy ‘‘very strictly’’. It said Grande had re­quested se­cu­rity watch for any con­cert­go­ers film­ing the show, and re­move them.

A sui­cide bomber killed 22 peo­ple in May at Grande’s Manch­ester, UK, con­cert. The pop-star con­tin­ued to tour, can­celling only a few Euro­pean shows af­ter the at­tack. Less than a fort­night later, she played a trib­ute show along­side many other global mu­sic stars in sol­i­dar­ity with sur­vivors of the at­tack.

Spark Arena de­clined to com­ment fur­ther on the bans. Arena man­ager Bren­dan Hines was asked if bags would be banned from all ma­jor con­certs, or if this was a one-off se­cu­rity mea­sure for Grande.

Se­cu­rity at the venue had come un­der scru­tiny when an NZME critic saw chil­dren be­ing frisked at the gates, but Hines said that was not their policy.

Live Na­tion, the tour­ing com­pany be­hind Grande’s lo­cal con­cert, have been asked for com­ment.

LU­CAS JACK­SON/REUTERS

Ar­i­ana Grande will per­form one New Zealand show in Septem­ber.

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