Wednesday 22 November 2017

Security tightened at Robbie Williams' sell-out Aviva gig in wake of UK terror attacks

Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Security measures at the Aviva Stadium have been tightened ahead of Robbie Williams' sell-out Saturday gig.

The Rock DJ singer will perform before more than 50,000 fans as part of his Heavy Entertainment tour.

The show is one of the biggest Dublin will host this year.

However, given the spate of recent terrorist attacks in London and Manchester, security will be tight.

Williams was one of the big names at last week's One Love Manchester concert headlined by Ariana Grande.

Additional safety measures were introduced at the Aviva Stadium at the start of this month, with armed gardai on duty at the Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Austria on Sunday.

MCD, the company behind Saturday's gig, has told ticket-holders not to bring backpacks or large handbags to the venue.

Extra security checks will be in place and anyone attending the gig is advised to allow at least an hour extra to get into the stadium.

Everyone will be subject to a ticket check and a bag search and any "offensive articles" will not be allowed.

No queueing will be allowed prior to the gates opening at 6pm.

British chart-toppers Erasure will warm up the crowd at 7pm ahead of Williams at 8.45pm.

Anyone attending is asked to use public transport because no parking facilities will be available.

A Garda spokesperson told the Herald that there is a "comprehensive policing and security plan in place for this event.

"For operational reasons, we cannot discuss details of these arrangements ahead of the event," he added.

Security measures have been stepped up for all the major public events taking place over the summer months. This includes The Arcade Fire concert in Malahide Castle tomorrow evening and The 1975 gig on Saturday.

Security officials say that the threat level remains unchanged where an attack is possible but not likely.

An Garda Siochana said the level of threat is "under constant review", moreso after the two terrorist attacks in London and the bombing in Manchester.

Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan chaired a recent security review meeting after Irish links were discovered with one of the London Bridge terrorists, Rachid Redouane.


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