Tuesday 19 September 2017

U2 gig in Stockholm evacuated as 'suspected gunman enters arena claiming to be police'

Police and concertgoers wait outside the venue for a U2 concert at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden
Police and concertgoers wait outside the venue for a U2 concert at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden
People wait in line to enter the venue for a U2 concert at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden
Police and concertgoers wait outside the venue for a U2 concert at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden
The Globe Arena following the evacuation tonight. Photo: u2.se / @u2_se
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

A U2 gig in Sweden was evacuated last night over a security threat.

The Globe Arena in Stockholm was evacuated at around 8pm over a security threat.

It is reported that a gunman gained access to the arena after he claimed to be an off-duty police officer.

When arena security realised their error, a full evacuation was ordered.

People wait in line to enter the venue for a U2 concert at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden
People wait in line to enter the venue for a U2 concert at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden

Police then swooped in and carried out a sweep of the entire building, as thousands of fans milled outside in the hope the gig might go ahead.

However the band's management later announced that the gig would go ahead tomorrow night.

In a statement on its website, the band said the concert had been disrupted by a 'security breach'.

"As audience safety is paramount, the police have advised The Globe and Live Nation that they have no option but to postpone tonight's show."

Police and concertgoers wait outside the venue for a U2 concert at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden
Police and concertgoers wait outside the venue for a U2 concert at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden

A police spokesperson would only confirm that the gig was postponed due to 'unsatisfactory security checks'.

He declined to comment on speculation about a gunman - or reports that anyone had been arrested.

The Globe arena, which will host next year's Eurovision Song Contest, can hold 16,000 people.

U2 were due to play at the venue as part of their 'Innocence and Experience' tour.

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