British Music Festival To Go On ‘As Planned’ Despite Manchester Terrorist Attack
The BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend festival will go on as planned despite the devastating terrorist bombing at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Monday night.
The annual two-day festival is scheduled to take place in Hull, England on Saturday and Sunday, and although fans are likely concerned for their safety after the Manchester attack, the star-studded festival will carry on.
“Radio 1’s Big Weekend will be continuing as planned this weekend in Hull,” a rep for the festival told Page Six.
The festival lineup will include big names such as Katy Perry, Lorde, Kings of Leon, Lana del Rey and Rita Ora. As of now all of the artists are still planning to attend.
Broken hearted for the families tonight. Broken hearted for Ari. Broken hearted for the state of this world.
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) May 23, 2017
every musician feels sick & responsible tonight—shows should be safe for you. truly a worst nightmare. sending love to manchester & ari
— Lorde (@lorde) May 23, 2017
“After conducting a full review of the festival, in conjunction with the police and partners, various extra security measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of those attending. As part of this, everyone that enters the site will go through two rounds of thorough searches,” the festival rep continued.
“We ask for the patience and cooperation of anyone coming to the event on the weekend and that they allow extra time to pass through security.”
Ariana Grande has suspended her European tour following Monday night’s events. Now all other artists and venues are faced with the decision to either postpone, cancel or bolster their security as they plan to do at the Big Weekend festival.