A threat to security caused a U2 concert to be canceled shortly before the show was set to start, with authorities ordering the evacuation of the venue, NME reports. The concert was supposed to take place Sunday evening at the Globe Arena in Stockholm.
The incident was initially rumored to be a bomb threat, although those rumors were unconfirmed. It was later referred to by authorities as an unspecified security risk.
The scene was described as chaotic. Concert goers who were still outside the venue at the time were denied entry due to what was being called a “ticket problem,” and those who were inside the arena were asked to leave.
Security personnel reportedly went through the arena checking under seats.
“U2 have confirmed that the show has been cancelled through an on-stage spokesman, and will be rescheduled to the coming Tuesday (September 22),” NME reports. “Concert organisers Live Nation are yet to comment on the circumstances surrounding the cancellation, simply stating that ‘safety is a priority’ from the venue’s stage.”
The show, part of the veteran rock band’s Innocence and Experience tour, was scheduled as the third of four Stockholm concerts on the tour, with the first two shows in the city taking place without incident.