Nicki Minaj announces new Co-op Live Manchester show after cancelling first gig following arrest on suspicion of carrying drugs

28 May 2024, 00:39

Nicki Minaj has released a new date to perform at the Co-op Live arena in Manchester after the rapper had to cancel her initial gig following her arrest in the Netherlands on Saturday.
Nicki Minaj has released a new date to perform at the Co-op Live arena in Manchester after the rapper had to cancel her initial gig following her arrest in the Netherlands on Saturday. Picture: Alamy

By Christian Oliver

Nicki Minaj has released a new date to perform at the Co-op Live arena in Manchester after the rapper had to cancel her initial gig following her arrest in the Netherlands on Saturday.

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The rapper and singer, 41, was arrested on suspicion of carrying drugs over the weekend and said she spent around six hours in custody at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.

"OK guys, I was JUST RE-ADVISED that we actually CAN NOT do any other date for the make up #gagcityMANCHESTER date besides JUNE 3rd," she said on X.

"So JUNE 3rd is the new official date for all ticket holders who originally had tickets to the MAY 25th #Manchester show. "I apologise for all the inconvenience this has caused. I really hope you can make the #JUNE3rd show. It'll be really special. Ticketmaster will contact you to advise officially."

It comes after fans were let into the newly-opened Manchester venue at around 7pm on Saturday for Minaj's show before promoter Live Nation announced at around 9.40pm that it was to be postponed.

Nicki Minaj seen performing at E11even on New Year's Eve
Nicki Minaj seen performing at E11even on New Year's Eve. Picture: Alamy

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Dutch police said a woman aged 41 was arrested on Saturday after allegedly trying to take what it described as "soft drugs" from Schiphol Airport to another country.

A later update from the force said it had released the "suspect and she can now move on" after paying a fine.

It marked the latest postponed gig at the Co-op Live arena which has been plagued with issues since trying to open in April.

Minaj had praised fans for being a "class act" during the last-minute postponement, and invited them to her hotel in the centre of Manchester before speaking to the crowds outside.

The music star, who is known for the songs Starships, Super Bass and Anaconda, livestreamed her arrest on social media and claimed drugs found in her luggage did not belong to her.

She performed at Birmingham's Resorts World Arena on Sunday.

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