BBC Radio Festival Tightens Security After Manchester Bombing
The weekend event in Hull will feature such music stars as Katy Perry, Kings of Leon, Rag'n'Bone Man, Rita Ora and The Chainsmokers.
The BBC said Thursday that Radio 1’s Big Weekend festival will take place "as planned" this weekend in Hull, England after the Manchester bombing at an Ariana Grande concert that killed 22 people and left dozens injured.
"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," the BBC said. "As part of this, everyone that enters the site will go through two rounds of thorough searches — one round conducted at transport hubs where police will be present, and a second round of security procedures at the entrance gates."
Added the public broadcaster: "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."
Manchester police had arrested five people in connection with the attack as of Wednesday afternoon. The bomber, Salman Abedi, a 22-year-old British citizen who grew up around Manchester, died in the attack.
Britain held a national minute of silence on Thursday at 11 a.m. local time to remember those who died or were affected. Officials said flags will remain at half-mast on government buildings until Thursday night.
Radio 1 focuses on modern and current popular music. Like Manchester, Hull lies in the north of England, but east of the city that was hit by Monday night's bomb attack.