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Monday 25 September 2017

Take That call off tour date as security tightened for concertgoers

Gary Barlow and the other band members from Take That will not perform in Liverpool tonight.

By Kerri-Ann Roper

Take That have cancelled their Liverpool tour date on Tuesday and O2 concertgoers have been warned to expect tighter security checks at the O2 Arena in the wake of the explosion at Ariana Grande’s Manchester date.

The band was supposed to be performing its Wonderland tour at the Liverpool Echo Arena on Tuesday evening and was booked into the Manchester Arena for Thursday, Friday and Saturday in their home town, but tweeted they were pulling out of Tuesday’s show as a mark of respect to the victims of the attack.

The group posted on Twitter writing:

Grande was due to bring her Dangerous Woman tour to London venue The O2 on Thursday and Friday evening, but a statement from arena bosses said they were in contact with her promoters to see whether they would still go ahead and other ticket holders should be prepared to face tighter security measures.

The statement read: “We are shocked and deeply saddened by the terrible tragedy in Manchester. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected and their families.

“We are in contact with the promoters of Ariana Grande’s tour and will update as soon as we have further information regarding the planned dates at The O2.

“Anyone visiting The O2 should allow extra time for enhanced security checks.”

The venue’s website lists usual measures as involving bag checks, body scanners, sniffer dogs and police presence.

Other events due to take place at The O2 this month include Iron Maiden on May 27 and 28 and Kisstory at the Indigo on May 27.

Grande tweeted she has been left “broken” by the attack, while associated acts such as Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift sent their support.

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The Dangerous Woman Tour started in Phoenix, Arizona, on February 3 and she was joined by British pop stars Little Mix during a spell in the US.

She then made stops in Dublin, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands.

Next came the Manchester venue which has a capacity of 21,000 and is visited by more than one million people every year.
Her other forthcoming tour dates are supposed to take in Poland, Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, Japan, Thailand and Australia before coming to a close in Hong Kong in September.

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