Security tight for Grande
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.
Ariana Grande will perform one New Zealand show in September.