‘We wanted to do a deeper dive,’ into security issues, says PNE spokeswoman Laura Ballance, of rapper Sidhu Moose Wala’s Vancouver performance.
Ticket sales for the Vancouver leg of rapper Sidhu Moose Wala’s tour this summer have been delayed as the Pacific National Exhibition consults police about security risks at its indoor arena.
While concert-goers are able to purchase tickets this weekend for the Punjabi artist’s “Back 2 Business” showcase in several other Canadian cities, sales for Moose Wala’s July 23 performance at the Pacific Coliseum are not to become available until June 4.
Laura Ballance, a spokesperson for the PNE, said the hold up is partly due to the scale of the concert, which could see up to 12,000 people pack into the Hastings Park venue.
“We wanted to do a deeper dive into security to ascertain the full scale of public safety risks in consultation with police,” said Ballance.
“As part of our security assessment for any large event, police look at our security plans – they may then tell us they want two or six officers on-site working with our in-house security team for the event. The PNE includes that cost in its contract with the show’s promoter.”
Moose Wala shows have a history of security issues, including when Surrey RCMP asked the 5X Block Party Festival to remove him from the 2019 festival’s lineup. Months prior, a man was stabbed during one of the rapper’s concerts at a Surrey banquet hall.
Born as Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, the Ontario-based artist has held handguns and assault rifles in his music videos with songs entitled “Murder” and “Homicide.” The 28-year-old has also publicized his rivalry with Karan Aujla, a rapper scheduled to perform at the Coliseum this fall.
With plans to finalize security arrangements with Vancouver police early next week, Ballance expects concert tickets for the PNE show to go on sale next Saturday.
“As a venue operator, your job is to prepare for the worst and hope for the best so that people who buy tickets can come and not have to worry,” she said.
Tickets for the concert are priced in the range of $75 to $200, according to the PNE’s TicketLeader website.
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