Reports are emerging of chaos at U2‘s Stockholm show at the Globe Arena this evening (September 20), with the venue having been evacuated due to a security threat, and police searching for a specific individual.
Swedish paper Aftonbladet.se is reporting unconfirmed rumours of a bomb threat against the arena [UPDATE: local media are no longer reporting bomb rumours, and instead talking of an unspecified security risk], adding that people outside were refused entry due a ‘ticket problem’, while those inside the arena are being asked to leave. Security are said to be checking under the venue’s seats.
U2 have confirmed that the show has been cancelled through an on-stage spokesman, and will be rescheduled to the coming Tuesday (September 22). Concert organisers Live Nation are yet to comment on the circumstances surrounding the cancellation, simply stating that “safety is a priority” from the venue’s stage.
The Stockholm show is part of the Innocence and Experience Tour, and the third of four shows the band have lined up in the city. The previous two went ahead as normal.
The tour’s European leg runs until the end of November, concluding in the band’s hometown of Dublin, and has seen Bono talk passionately about Europe’s refugee crisis, saying:
“We might truly be at a turning point for what Europe wants to be in the 21st century… This week, something incredible happened, and Europe isn’t the same as it was seven days ago.”
Fan account @U2Tour tweeted pictures from inside the Globe Arena, following the seated evacuation but prior to the official cancellation:
— U2tour (@U2tour) September 20, 2015