Extra security checks for Marquee gigs following Manchester attack

Extra security checks for Marquee gigs following Manchester attack
The big tent being erected for the 'Live at the Marquee' 2017 series of concerts. Pic: Larry Cummins

SECURITY at the upcoming Live at the Marquee concerts in Cork is being increased in the wake of the Manchester concert bombing with backpacks, larger purses and bags banned from performances and full body pat down searches to take place.

Ticketmaster has begun emailing ticket holders warning them of the heightened security procedures.

Those attending the gigs have been told that only purses measuring 4.5 inches x 6.5 inches or smaller will be allowed into the venue "due to recent events and heightened awareness," the email states.

"A full body pat down search and/or metal detector search will take place prior to venue entry. Pocket contents will need to be completely emptied and viewed during the search process."

"We encourage patrons to minimise jackets and additional layers when possible," Ticketmaster said.

"Reviewing the above policies in advance and adhering to them the night of the show will ensure that everyone gains entry to the venue in a safe and timely manner."

Security has increased for events across Europe in recent days following the bombing last week at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester that killed 22 people.

Live at the Marquee begins next weekend when Picture This kick off the series with a two-night show. Fifteen other acts complete the series that runs until July 14.

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