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Spice Girls fans have hit out at the lack of order during the band's Coventry show.

Spice Girls fans have hit out at the lack of order during the band's Coventry show.

Spice Girls fans have hit out at the lack of order during the band's Coventry show.

Fans of the girlband took to Twitter on Monday following the show at the Ricoh Arena to lament the venue's poor security checks, bad crowd management and terrible parking arrangements.

Hoards of fans voiced that there experience of seeing Emma Bunton, 43, Geri Horner, 46, Mel Brown, 43, and Mel C, 45, was ruined due to the way they were treated by staff and by being left stuck in a car park that cost £25 hours after the concert ended.

One disgruntled fan typed on the micro blogging site: 'Bag checks were stopped. Security throwing people out for no reason. People with tickets not allowed in as standing pitch full. Now 1H15 to get out carpark and I've moved 6 inches.'

A disappointed fan contributed: 'It's total s***!! My friend just read somewhere that they stopped checking bags and scanning tickets too as they couldn't cope with the volume of people!'

Another upset ticket holder vented: 'Great show when you got in. It was like the crowds arriving was a surprise. Stewards outside looked lost with no direction. Gates opened to let crowds in at end of @JessGlynne. Doesn't look good for anyone.Doubt many tourists will be back! @RicohArena.

A social media user added: 'The @spicegirls performance was brilliant! However, I did not see or experience any searching happening upon entry to the @RicohArena. The doors were opened so people could push and flood in unsafely without tickets being checked. Very worrying! #SpiceWorldTour2019.

'@spicegirls spice mania really brought Coventry to their knees but @RicohArene need to get a grip you are lucky no one was seriously injured tonight,' typed another.

'What an absolure shambles @RicohArena and @SJMConcerts we're tonight!! I hope you'r proud of spoiling mine, my g/f, my parent and many other peoples evening @Spicegirls concert!'

One attendee threatened legal action, as they wrote: '@RicohArena don't even know where to begin explaining how disrespectful and discriminative you have been to those with disabilities this evening! I shall be sending an email but if ignores as you seem yo do often I shall be seeking legal advice...'

Spice Girl fans also shared online that they were still stuck in the venue - after forking out on expensive car parking.

An upset patron typed: 'I am bitterly disappointed that your organization ruined my evening. I'm still sat in your b***** car park by the way.

Other frustrated drivers added: '@RicohArena after paying £25 for parking, sitting still over and hour to get out is ridiculous!'

'@RicohArena get me out of this car park! Worse organisation I've ever seen at a gig and now I'm sat in my car at a standstill utter joke.'

Spokesperson for the Ricoh Arena said in a statement given to MailOnline: 'The first night of the Spice Girls was a fantastic occasion and everyone is really looking forward to tonight and a repeat performance.

'We would urge people to arrive as early possible as Jess Glynne will be on stage at 7pm. Around 25,000 were inside the main bowl in time to see Jess last night which is the highest number of people we have ever had to watch a support act.

'We opened up additional entrances to get people through as quickly as possible but with security checks and it being a mid-week date, we would urge people to get to the venue as early as possible.

'We have turned the majority of gents toilets into female loos, have hired additional portable toilets and also put on added additional facilities in the Green Room at the Ericsson Indoor Arena, so would urge people to use those as well.

'As with every large concert, onsite car parks are held for pedestrians to leave site safely before we move any cars. That is standard practice, people are notified in advance of the lockdown and we appreciate their patience.

'There was an initial delay in moving traffic due to a broken down lorry at Rowleys Green roundabout at the end of the show, something which is beyond our control, but did cause problems.

'We will be debriefing ahead of tonight’s concert to see if changes are needed. Doors open at 5pm, and our Green Room is open from 3pm, so again we would urge people heading to Ricoh Arena tonight to get to the venue as early as possible.'

Monday's show was the sixth of the tour so far.

The foursome set to perform again in Coventry on Tuesday and then are taking the tour to Sunderland, Edinburgh, Bristol and London.

The tour got off to a shaky start, with fans of the group claiming that they left the venue after being unable to hear the group due to technical problems with sound at the Irish concerts.

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