02 Academy confirm The Courteeners will perform in Sheffield after Manchester Arena terror attack

The Courteeners in action at the O2 Academy in Newcastle. Pic: Marie Westmoreland.
The Courteeners in action at the O2 Academy in Newcastle. Pic: Marie Westmoreland.
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The O2 Academy have confirmed The Courteener's Sheffield gig will go ahead tonight but have warned fans face heightened security measures.

Doubt surrounded whether or not the Manchester band would go ahead with their gig following the devastating terror attack which killed 22 people on Monday.

The Courteeners in action at the O2 Academy in Newcastle. Pic: Marie Westmoreland.

The Courteeners in action at the O2 Academy in Newcastle. Pic: Marie Westmoreland.

Suicide bomber Salman Abedi blew himself up and injured dozens more following an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.

A number of bands, including Take That, cancelled their upcoming shows in Manchester and Liverpool in the wake of the attack.

However, the 02 Academy have confirmed The Courteeners will perform as planned but asked fans to be aware of their increased security arrangements.

An O2 Academy spokesperson said: "As venue operators, the tragedy in Manchester struck particularly close to our heart. To all those affected, we send our thoughts, condolences and a great deal of love.

"It goes without saying that the ongoing safety of our customers, staff and performers is of absolute paramount importance.

"As with every live event, all arrangements are in continuous consultation and review with local authorities and the police.

"There are lots of things that go on behind the scenes, too: training exercises; new security measures – so please be patient if things take a little longer than you’re used to."

The gig venue asked fans to arrive in good time for the gig and said they would be carrying out security searches on entry.

They also urged fans to travel "as lightly as possible" as cloakroom facilities have been limited.

The venue, like others around the country, are continuing their social media silence as a show of sympathy to those killed in the Manchester terror attack.

Liam Fray, lead singer of The Courteeners, took to Twitter yesterday to pay tribute to his home city of Manchester and the victims of the attack,

The band then confirmed Saturday's Manchester gig would go ahead as planned, before offering "love & prayers to all families" affected by the attack.