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U2 Postpones Stockholm Concert Due To 'Security Breach'

Tonight's show rescheduled to Tuesday, September 22

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U2 has postponed tonight's show in Stockholm due to a "security breach" at the Globe Arena.

Details aren't clear about what happened, but the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet is reporting that there was a "threat against the venue." The paper reported earlier tonight that someone entered the arena with a gun while pretending to be an off-duty police officer, but we don't know if that was ever confirmed. In that article we've linked to, Aftonbladet references "unsatisfactory security checks" at the venue, according to a Stockholm police spokesperson.

On its website, U2 released this official statement:

Due to a security breach, Stockholm's The Globen evacuated the audience from the building this evening.

As the breach has not been resolved quickly and as audience safety is paramount, the police have advised The Globen and Live Nation that they have no option but to postpone tonight's show, to a rescheduled date of Tuesday 22nd September.

All tickets from Sunday 20th September are valid for Tuesday 22nd September.

The organizers apologize for the inconvenience caused and thank the audience for their understanding. Their safety is the priority.

Trouble was first reported shortly before U2's normal start time, when thousands of fans were still outside the venue. At first, the report was that Globe Arena was having trouble with its ticket scanners, but that didn't explain the eventual sight of police officers and venue security conducting searches inside the arena.

Fans with seated tickets were asked to leave the building, and GA fans were asked to leave the floor and move to the seated sections while police and security checked the building. After about two hours, officials took to the arena stage and announced that the show would be postponed because "the breach has not been resolved." You can watch video of that (only for the next 24 hours) via this Lukas Biba Periscope stream.

Fans with tickets for tonight's show who cannot make the show on Tuesday should stay tuned for official announcements regarding refunds.