Extra security is to be drafted in for the REM-headlined event as Trafalgar Square hosts its first ever concert...

Organisers of the CELEBRATE SOUTH AFRICA concert, headlined by REM, have warned extra security measures will be taken to ensure only ticketholders will be allowed into TRAFALGAR SQUARE on Sunday.

A spokesperson for the event told NME.COM that the event, which is being held to celebrate seven years of democracy in South Africa, will see the landmark square in the city’s centre cordoned off from early afternoon, with barriers being put up around the square to limit numbers to the 20,000 wristband-holders, who won up to four tickets allowing them free access after phoning a telephone hotline two weeks ago.

“The barriers will be put up by security on Sunday morning around the square to create the main arena, and there will be extra security on hand by the time the gates open at 4.30pm,” he said.

“Some roads around the square will be closed, from around lunchtime. There will be a lot of extra provisions for crowd safety in the area, as it is a major boiling point for central London.” It is the first time that a concert has been held in Trafalgar Square.

The show, which starts at 5.30pm and is scheduled to end at 9.30pm, will be attended by Nelson Mandela and will benefit his Children’s Fund and the Prince’s Trust.

In addition to REM, line-up also includes Mel B, Atomic Kitten, The Corrs, Dave Stewart and friends, Baba Maal, Ladysmith Black Mambozo, Mandoza, Hugh Masekela and Beverley Knight.

As reported earlier today on NME.COM, footage of REM rehearsing for their headline slot at a studio in London has been posted at their website, www.remhq.com.