Bags bigger than A5 size banned from Dublin Rolling Stones gigs 4 years ago

Bags bigger than A5 size banned from Dublin Rolling Stones gigs

Event organisers have ensured that a huge amount of preparation is going into security.

Event controllers of the upcoming Rolling Stones gig at Croke Park have warned concert-goers that handbags bigger than A5 size will be banned from entering the venue.


The band takes the stage on Thursday evening as part of their No Filter tour which began last September in Hamburg and ended in Paris in October. A further 11 dates were added upon completion, beginning with Dublin's gig on 17 May.

Inspector Tony Gallagher from Mountjoy Station mentioned at a media briefing on Monday that a huge amount of preparation has been done to ensure the safety of all attendees.

Regarding any potential attack at the stadium, he ensured that "a robust policing presence" is in place.

Security measures have been recently heightened due to fears of terror groups targeting large scale events such as the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Arena back in May 2017.


According to organisers, early queuing has also been banned in an attempt to curb public disruption in the residential area.

“We want everyone to have a great night in Croke Park in a safe and friendly environment, help us and yourself by travelling light," Jim Clarke, Aiken Promotions Event Controller, said on Monday.

"Please just bring your ticket, phone and some cash or card. If you must bring a bag, it needs to be small, very small, no bigger than A5, just enough to carry some money or cards, phone and life’s essentials.

"Bags over A5 size will not be permitted. Please do not bring a bag unless it is totally necessary."


Something that is A5 equates to 148 x 210 mm or 5.8 x 8.3 inches in size, or half an A4 page.

All attendees will also be thoroughly checked upon entering the venue.

Meanwhile, Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger was spotted in Ireland this weekend as the long-standing cricket fan enjoyed a day out at Malahide Cricket Stadium to check out Ireland's first ever test cricket match against Pakistan.

A mural honouring the veteran rockers has also recently been spotted in the capital ahead of their impending gig. The painting - which features all four members of the band - can be seen above JJ Smyth's pub on Aungier Street, Dublin 2.