They can't get no satisfaction...
During the momentous evening, Liam Gallagher was support act – where he was joined by former Oasis guitarist Bonehead and dedicated ‘Live Forever’ to the people of Manchester. However, many fans missed his set due to the policy of not being allowed entry with a bag larger than a piece of A5 paper.
Taking to Twitter, a great number complained about the queues, being turned away, having to pay to store their bags, or simply abandoning their bags altogether.
A statement on London Stadium’s website reads: “The Rolling Stones along with its touring partners and host venues strongly encourages fans to not bring any type of bags to our live performances. For ALL of the upcoming European performances, fans will be able to carry the following style and size bag, package, or container when approaching queue lines of fans awaiting entry into the venue.
“Small clutch bags, approximately A5 size (15cm by 21cm maximum), with or without a handle or strap will be allowed into host venues for Rolling Stones live performances. Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after proper declaration and inspection.”
However, many fans were either unaware or simply quite unhappy with the policy:
A spokesman for the stadium said that this was a “tour wide” policy and not one of the venue, while promoters AEG added: “Security conditions apply with regards to the size of bags that fans can bring to the concerts. Seventy thousand people attended the concert tonight with approximately 750 fans using the left luggage facility.”
“Whilst any delay on entry is unwanted, we hope fans understand that the safety of everyone is of the utmost importance.”
Rolling Stones’ remaining UK tour dates are below. Visit here for tickets and more information.
25 May, London Stadium – with Florence & The Machine
29 May, St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton – with The Vaccines
02 June, Ricoh Arena, Coventry – with The Specials
05 June, Old Trafford, Manchester – with Richard Ashcroft
09 June, BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh – with Richard Ashcroft
15 June, Principality Stadium, Cardiff – with Elbow
19 June, Twickenham Stadium, London – with James Bay