Expect lines at Prague concerts

Security will be increased ahead at Depeche Mode and Rammstein shows

If you are attending big concerts this week such as Depeche Mode or Rammstein, come early as there will be increased security measures due to the terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, that left 22 people dead.

“The police will be present in greater numbers in areas with large concentrations of people,” Interior Minister Milan Chovanec (ČSSD) said on the ministry website. Organizers of events then recommended that ticket holders come in advance so bags can be inspected.

Both the Depeche Mode and Rammstein concerts will take place at Eden Arena in Prague's Vršovice district. The venue holds up to 21,000 people.

Depeche Mode plays tonight, May 24, and Rammstein has two concerts on May 28 and 29. All three shows are sold out.

The Czech Republic is currently on a level one alert for terrorist activity, out of a scale of zero to four, with four being the highest. The system was introduced at the start of last year. Interior Minister Chovanec said there was no specific threat to the Czech Republic. “At the moment we have no information that the attack was in any way related to the Czech Republic, and there is no information The increased security is a precautionary measure that will apply to important cultural and social events. “Higher protection of soft targets is our priority and we are in regular communication with organizers of public events,” he added.

The situation will be similar to the security that occurred after the terrorist attacks in France, Belgium and Germany.

Other large venues such as Prague's O2 Arena already have high security for every concert, with people passing through metal detectors upon entry. A large number of items such as big bags, any sharp objects and umbrellas are banned from the arena. The venue has used metal detectors and searches of bags since it opened in 2004.

The next big event at O2 Arena is film composer Hans Zimmer, who will play on June 4. Rock group System of a Down will play on June 12.

Many bands are considering canceling shows after the terrorist attack in Manchester. But most are deciding to play. The band Simple Minds held their scheduled concert in Manchester a day after the terrorist attack. “We would have felt cowardly just leaving town,” Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr told the audience, according to the BBC. Some fans did stay away, though, as there were empty seats in the sold-out concert hall.

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