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Nicki Minaj has praised ‘class act’ Manchester fans as their performance was halted following her arrest

By Vaseline May26,2024

Nicki Minaj has praised her fans for being a ‘class act’ and for understanding that her Manchester performance had to be rescheduled following her arrest in the Netherlands.

The rapper and singer, 41, said she spent about six hours in custody at Schiphol Airport on Saturday before she could fly to Britain for her performance at the Co-op Live Arena.

Fans were allowed into the venue for her show at around 7pm on Saturday, before promoter Live Nation announced around 9.40pm that the show was being postponed.

Co-op Live Arena – ManchesterCo-op Live Arena – Manchester

Co-op Live in Manchester has faced a number of issues since opening (Peter Byrne/PA)

Dutch police said a 41-year-old woman was arrested on Saturday after allegedly trying to take what she described as “soft drugs” from Schiphol airport to another country.

An update from police around 9pm said they had released the “suspect and she could now proceed” after paying a fine.

Minaj wrote on X: “Manchester, I appreciate you. Class action. Until (tomorrow) give me the update on our new date (please).

“It will be sometime in June or July, as I said last night.”

She also promised an “extra surprise bonus” for fans and said she was “looking forward” to returning to Manchester for an already planned second night at Co-op Live on Thursday.

Minaj continued by saying that Birmingham’s Resorts World Arena date on Sunday would be a “magical, beautiful, joyful, unforgettable evening.”

Alvin Christie, 29, from Liverpool, and his friend Connor.  (Alvin Christie/PA)Alvin Christie, 29, from Liverpool, and his friend Connor.  (Alvin Christie/PA)

Alvin Christie, 29, from Liverpool, and his friend Connor (Alvin Christie/PA)

She had invited her fans, known as Barbz, to her hotel in central Manchester and spoke to the crowd outside, including Liverpool’s Alvin Christie, who defended her.

The 29-year-old told the PA news agency that fans want her to be “in a good place” and were “just more concerned that she was okay”, blaming the venue, where he played from 9am to Was waiting outside at 6pm. attend the concert.

He said: “I would say it was very poorly managed. When we got to the event, they actively told the fans that she had arrived and that everyone was going to dance tonight.

“For a lot of people who were asking these questions, that’s clearly got people’s hopes up.

“I understand they may have wanted to get people into the arena because of health and safety concerns to keep people from being outside. But I think the most important thing is that maybe they could have advised people as soon as they knew that the show had been postponed and that we had to be turned away if we were outside the arena, rather than keeping a lot of people in the arena.

Eileen Allardyce, 32, a hotel manager from Edinburgh, has spent around £2,500 on tickets, travel and hotel costs and says she will not be able to reschedule.

She said that since Co-op Live announced the first postponement of its live events in April, when comedian Peter Kay was due to perform, she had been “sitting on eggshells” with her friends who also had tickets to see Minaj.

“It’s clearly not Co-op’s fault what happened in Amsterdam, and it’s not Nicki’s fault either, and it’s clear there’s no fault for her at all,” she said.

“But like I said, I feel like the way they (the venue) handled it was just ridiculous. They have no idea, absolutely no idea. To be honest, I don’t think they were prepared for anything.”

She and Mr Christie claimed there were no toilets outside the arena for fans to use while queuing, and said more facilities are needed at the venue.

Mr Christie contrasted his experience at Co-op Live with the AO Arena in Manchester, where he said there were “general public facilities and coffee shops”.

Minaj wrote on

Inside Co-op Live arena on Saturday, (Alvin Christie/PA)Inside Co-op Live arena on Saturday, (Alvin Christie/PA)

Inside the Co-op Live arena on Saturday evening (Alvin Christie/PA)

She said the venue was “willing to continue after 11pm,” and pointed the finger at unknown figures who had “succeeded in their plan to not let me get on that stage tonight.”

A statement from Live Nation said on Saturday: “Despite Nicki’s best efforts to explore all possible avenues to make tonight’s show happen, today’s events have made it impossible.

“We are deeply disappointed by the inconvenience this has caused.”

Trinidadian-born Minaj, who grew up in the US and is known for the songs Starships, Super Bass and Anaconda, livestreamed while being arrested and claimed drugs were found in her luggage that did not belong to her.

This is the latest postponed performance at Co-op Live, which has been plagued with problems since it tried to open in April and had to reschedule its first official performance several times.

American rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie moved his performance to the AO Arena due to the delays, and Co-op Live began live music shows on May 14 when British rock band Elbow took the stage.

Co-op Live, Minaj and Live Nation have all been contacted for additional comment.

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