Nicki Minaj's Manchester concert tickets 'remain valid' after show cancelled following airport arrest

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Nicki Minaj's fans were left gutted as her much-anticipated Manchester gig tonight was axed following her arrest at Amsterdam airport.

The hip-hop superstar was due to perform at the Co-op Live Arena on Saturday night as part of her Pink Friday 2 Tour. However, a video emerged of her being detained for allegedly "carrying drugs" while en route from Amsterdam airport to her next performance in Manchester.

Fans were lining up at the venue and being admitted at 7.15pm, but event organisers Live Nation confirmed the cancellation of the show at the last minute, reports the Mirror. Their statement read: "Nicki Minaj's scheduled performance at Manchester's Co-op Live on Saturday 25th May has been postponed. Tickets will remain valid for the rescheduled performance which will be announced ASAP.

"Despite Nicki's best efforts to explore every possible avenue to make tonight's show happen, the events of today have made it impossible. We are deeply disappointed by the inconvenience this has caused. More information will be available at your point of purchase."

Nicki was released from police custody just hours before she was set to take to the stage. The National Police Corps disclosed that a 41 year old woman was apprehended for allegedly attempting to smuggle soft drugs from Schiphol Airport to another country, according to a statement. A subsequent report from the Dutch police force around 9pm confirmed the release of their "suspect and she can now move on". It detailed to the PA news agency that the woman will need to pay "a fine" as determined by the Public Prosecution Service.

Strongly denying on Instagram Live that she was carrying any illegal substances, Nicki was informed that she still had to report to the police station. In the footage, a man said she would have legal representation at the office. However, during the live footage on Instagram, Nicki claimed she was ordered to "get into this [police] van and go into the precinct with no lawyer present".

Prior to the alleged arrest, Nicki shared updates via social media, discussing how her luggage was being set aside for a search at the airport. Posting on X, previously known as Twitter, the star revealed: "They've been trying everything they possibly can to TRY to stop this tour." Accusing staff of attempting to "plant things" in her baggage, the musician also uploaded a video on Instagram showing a man informing her that the police required a comprehensive inspection of her luggage.

Alongside the footage, she posted: "They've been trying to stop me from coming to every show. They took my bags before I could see them. Put it on the plane. Now saying they're waiting on customs. This is what it looks like when ppl are paid big money to try to sabotage a tour after all else failed. Everything they've done is illegal."

In the video, an airport staff member is seen explaining that they have to "offload all the luggage and to search everything". With the celebrity's scheduled performance in Manchester looming, her followers were clamouring on social media for any news about whether the event would proceed. One supporter tweeted: "Hoping #nickiminaj concerts still on in Manchester tonight #freenicki.

" Another expressed: "nicki minaj desperate to get to manchester But stuck in amsterdam arrested im cryinggff. " A third speculated: "Place your bets, will Nicki Minaj make it to Manchester from Amsterdam, where she's been detained, in time for tonight's show?

"Meanwhile, some fans seem to be scrambling to offload their tickets in anticipation of a possible cancellation, with one stating online: "I'm selling 2x tickets for Nicki Minaj tonight at Co-op Live, Manchester. If interested, Please send me a dm."