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Once forbidden, twice high? Nicki Minaj reschedules cancelled Co-op Live date… via Amsterdam

There was another cancelled gig for Co-op Live over the weekend, though US rapper Nicki Minaj’s no-show could hardly be blamed on the teething trouble-hounded venue itself – Minaj was prevented from flying to the UK after being held up at Amsterdam Airport having been found in possession of ‘soft drugs.’

Thankfully Amsterdam is not renowned for the most Bangkok Hilton-style approach to soft drugs, and the singer is now free following a €350 fine, albeit too late to grace the Co-op’s stage on Saturday night. She did appear in Birmingham on Sunday evening, at a gig which no less a critic than Birmingham World described as “completely electrifying,” and is expected for a scheduled second show at Co-op Live on May 30.

The May 25 Co-op Live gig, meanwhile, has been rescheduled to June 3, and Minaj said in a statement: “I apologise for all the inconvenience this has caused. I really hope you can make the June 3rd show. It’ll be really special.”

There’s just one minor flaw in this plan. The previous evening, June 2, Minaj is scheduled to perform at Amsterdam’s Zillo Dome Arena, essentially giving security staff at Schiphol free reign to carry out what would surely be one of the funniest double stings in pop-rap history should they choose to take a little longer than normal checking the star’s luggage.

We’re fairly certain we’ve never met a member of airport security staff with anything even approaching that level of humorous capacity, but the Co-op’s hard-working PR team should possibly brace themselves just in case.

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