Backpack ban for gig in wake of Isil atrocity
People attending tonight's Shawn Mendes concert at the 3Arena will be subject to pat-down body searches, a ban on backpacks and other heightened security measures in the wake of the Manchester Arena bombing.
Young fans attending the Canadian pop star's sold-out gig at the Dublin venue will not be allowed to bring backpacks or handbags larger than a clutch bag, measuring 4.5ins by 6.5ins.
The singer's concert is likely to attract a similar age group as that which was targeted at last week's Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.
Concertgoers have been advised that metal detector scans and full body pat-down searches will be in place as part of the revised security procedures.
They will also be expected to empty out their pockets and the contents will be scrutinised by security upon entry, according to a spokesman for Aiken Promotions.
The security measures will "understandably take longer for customers to gain entry into the venue," and fans are asked to arrive early to facilitate the beefed-up security, according to the spokesman.
A spokesperson for the Garda press office did not confirm whether the Garda presence will be increased at the venue, but said there will be "a Garda security plan in place".
The measures come eight days after 22 people were killed and 120 injured - including seven children - when Libyan-born terrorist Salman Abedi detonated a suicide bomb inside the Manchester venue as the Grande concert was winding down last Monday. Isil claimed responsibility for the attack.
During a concert in Paris last week as part of his 'Illuminate' world tour, Mendes told fans that fear should never govern their lives following the Manchester atrocity.
"I need to tell you guys that you should never, ever be afraid to enjoy to do what you truly love to do," he told the audience.
"That goes for every single person that's in this arena in Paris and everyone across the world. You should never be afraid to live life to the fullest," he said.
The new measures come after security was tightened for Saturday's sold-out Guns N' Roses concert at Slane Castle.
More than 400 gardaí - including specialist units - were deployed at the venue along with 1,200 private security officers.