Ariana Grande has encouraged her fans to bring ‘clear bags’ to her upcoming ‘Sweetener/Thank U, Next’ tour, in a bid to increase security at venues.
The highly acclaimed Florida born pop singer begins her UK leg of the tour on 17 August at the O2 Arena, London and is set to perform at major cities across the country in September, including both Birmingham (14th) and Glasgow (17th).
Ari’s return to the UK marks over a year since her benefit concert ‘One Love Manchester’ that was organised by herself and manager Scooter Braun in support of those lost and injured in the Manchester Bombing Attack on 22 May 2017.
‘One Love Manchester’ was aired live across the UK on radio and BBC One, featuring the likes of Justin Bieber and Katy Perry. The televised show was viewed by more than 22.6 million people (that watched at least 3 minutes of the programme) making it the UK’s most watched TV event of 2017.
This week, Ariana posted more details on Instagram about her highly anticipated 2019 tour, including what to expect with security before entering the venue, she wrote: “Dear Sweetener/ Thank U Next tour audience friends, we’re sending out emails soon encouraging you to order a clear bag to bring your things into the venues as security is going to be very precise and smooth but for sure super strict.”
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dear sweetener / thank u next tour audience friends, 🌫✉️ we’re sending out emails soon encouraging you to order a clear bag to bring your things into the venues as security is going to be very precise and smooth but for sure super strict. they’re super cheap and simple but having them ahead of time will for sure help things go as smooth as possible so if you see this in your emails please don’t ignore it! my team n i appreciate it very much! p.s. any clear bags within a certain size (all info will be in the ✉️) are totally fine to bring if you already have your own, i just wanted to make sure you saw these and knew about all this ahead of time so everything can go as smoothly and safely as possible. love you. thank you!
The post, featuring Ariana Grande sporting a fashionable see-through bum bag, was followed by details urging concert-goers to order these bags ahead of time to allow for speedy access into the arena’s.
She stressed that: “They’re super cheap and simple but having them ahead of time will for sure help things go as smooth as possible so if you see this in your emails please don’t ignore it!”
While touring this year, Ariana has confirmed she will headline Manchester Pride Festival on 25th August.
Ari said in a tweet this week: “Manchester babes, I’m so thrilled to be headlining pride. My heart. I cant wait to see you and I love you so, so much,”
In a further tweet she explained that she’s “working on something a little more special for you guys” by adding a Manchester date to her tour as well but declined to reveal when.
Mark Fletcher CEO of Manchester Pride said: “This year marks a big change for the festival as it continues to evolve.
“Previously we had one event running over the weekend and this year we have two, each with a distinct offering. At Manchester Pride Live we’re truly honoured to be welcoming Ariana back to the city to help us celebrate LGBT+ life.
He added: “My team and I have worked hard to create a diverse lineup of performers who will join her in helping us continue to make a difference to the lives of LGBT+ people and celebrate the unity that exists in our brilliant city.”
Article written with Caspian Sutherland.