Post-Manchester Reactions From Cities, Artists

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Dubai, UAE on May 23, 2017

In the aftermath of Monday’s (May 22) bombing at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena, the public can expect even more security measures at public events. Though stricter policies will be put in place at concert venues, museums, sporting events, theme parks and high-traffic pedestrian areas in cities around the world, it’s still near-impossible for officials to protect the public 24/7.

As for Grande, Live Nation announced on Thursday (May 24) that her unfortunately named Dangerous Woman tour “has been suspended until we can further assess the situation and pay our proper respects to those lost.” That included seven U.K. and European dates through June 5. Grande’s next scheduled concert is June 7 in Paris, France, itself the target of a November 13, 2015 terrorist attack during an Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan theater.

Other concerts and events have been postponed or canceled. Blondie tweeted that they had postponed a May 23 date “out of respect for the victims.” The May 31 London red carpet premiere for the new Wonder Woman movie was canceled. Phil Collins, with four upcoming arena dates in England and Ireland, announced that he will carry on with those performances, albeit with increased security. The show will still go on for Guns N’ Roses, Celine Dion–who plays the Manchester Arena on June 25–and others.

In the days that followed the Manchester attack, countless performers expressed their grief for those that were affected. And many of the world’s high-profile tourist spots like Paris’ Eiffel Tour and New York City’s Empire State Building displayed their support for the U.K. city.

There was a bit of good news for the city of Manchester on Thursday. The Manchester United football team won the UEFA Europa League championship over Ajax. Players from both teams wore black armbands during the game to honor the victims.

As for those attending public events, it’s suggested that you travel lightly, as most venues will further limit bulky items. Allow extra time. And be vigilant.

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