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Fans ‘distraught’ as Nicki Minaj’s Co-op Live Arena show cancelled last minute after star’s arrest-Emily Bashforth-Entertainment – Metro

The arena has been plagued by misfortune since the beginning.

Fans ‘distraught’ as Nicki Minaj’s Co-op Live Arena show cancelled last minute after star’s arrest-Emily Bashforth-Entertainment – Metro

Nicki Minaj’s Manchester gig has been put on paise (Picture: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Live Nation)

Nicki Minaj’s Co-op Live Arena show has been postponed following her arrest in the Netherlands, the promoter has said.

Fans were let into the Manchester venue on Saturday evening (May 25) despite the 41-year-old US singer and rapper being detained at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.

An announcement was then made inside the venue and ticket holders were told to make their way to the exits.

Fans were instructed to keep hold of their tickets for the rescheduled performance, as Lie Nation has confirmed the gig will be moved to a later date.

A statement also said: ‘Despite Nicki’s best efforts to explore every possible avenue to make tonight’s show happen, the events of today have made it impossible.

‘We are deeply disappointed by the inconvenience this has caused.’

Speaking to the PA news agency following the announcement, fans said they were unsure if they would be able to make the next gig.

Frankie Harper, 20, from Andover, Hampshire, said: ‘(I’m) distraught, to say the least. It definitely hurts more that it was on my birthday. Not sure what happens with the £100s that you spend on a train and hotel.’

Nord Herida, 23, who lives in Barnsley and travelled an hour to attend the concert, said he had felt before the postponement that his time was ‘being wasted’ inside the arena.

He added that his friend had travelled four hours from Ipswich to get to the gig and that they had been waiting since 1pm at the arena.

‘(I’m) p***ed not (going to) lie, they have taken this long to tell us,’ he said.

‘Like, I work. I can’t just take a day off.’

Major Robert van Kapel, from the Royal Netherlands military police, told Sky News at around 9.15pm that the detained woman had been released around 20 minutes ago from the Royal Marshal’s Office at Schiphol Airport.

‘I don’t know which plane she will take, which destination, of course, privacy. It’s not our concern,’ he also said.

‘But I can say that 20 minutes ago, she left. So probably she’s on her way to her next destination.’

When asked if they knew the woman was a rap artist, he responded: ‘Of course, we never confirm the identity of people we have in custody, suspects.

‘But we have seen, of course, social media, and the only thing we have to do is do a thorough investigation.

‘And that’s what we did and there’s no reason to (have her) any longer in custody. She can go wherever she has to go.’

Earlier today, Dutch police said a woman of Nicki’s age was arrested after allegedly trying to take soft drugs from Schiphol Airport to another country.

An update from the force at around 9pm stated that it had released the ‘suspect and she can now move on.’

The force added that she will have to pay ‘a fine’, which will be determined by the Public Prosecution Service.

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