After the horrific terrorist attack in Manchester, England on May 23, at the Ariana Grande concert, the region has put itself on high-level alert. But, the great IRON MAIDEN paid respects to the victims, refuses to give in or back down and intends to perform as planned at the O2 on the 27th and 28th.
Today, they tweeted: “Security info for The O2, ahead of the weekend – give it a read if you’re coming to see us.”
Among The O2 ‘s guidelines read:
“We take the safety and security of all our fans and visitors very seriously. If you’re coming to the arena, please ensure you arrive in plenty of time to pass through our enhanced security checks.
Our security and guest relations team are there for your safety. Please cooperate fully with all security checks and support these vital members of our team as they carry out important work to keep us all safe and sound.”
- Finish up any food and drink before you enter the arena itself as you’re not allowed to take these in with you when watching a show; it’s fine throughout the rest of The O2 campus.
- Head to the entrance that is stated on your ticket and join one of the queues.
- Take your phone, camera and any large metal objects out of your pockets and place them in the trays provided.
- You don’t need to remove belts or shoes.
- Simply pass through the screening arch when asked by one of the team and you’re good to go.
- Enjoy the show.
They also note that they will “have a team of sniffer dogs working around the clock. If you’re lucky, you may see one on duty but please remember, these are busy working dogs with a very important job to do,” so please, no petting the pooches.
ISIL attacks have become part of life around the world. In regards to possible threats, Maiden’s frontman sagely said, “You’ve gotta be grown up about it. But, at the same time, you still need to be able to offer people that hope and send that message out there.
They can’t stop … real life just carries on.”