Manchester Arena is set to reopen next month with a special benefit gig to raise money for the new Manchester Memorial Fund. We Are Manchester will take place on Saturday September 9th, with all money raised going towards a permanent memorial to the victims of the tragic events of May 22nd at the same venue.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will headline the event and will also be joined by fellow northern artists The Courteeners, Blossoms and Rick Astley. Poet Tony Walsh, who read at the vigil in Manchester following the attack, also features on the line up, along with a pre-show DJ set from Inspiral Carpets’ Clint Boon.
More acts are set to be announced in the coming weeks for the concert and the event is likely to see Gallagher perform the song that swept the nation in the wake of the attack in the shape of Don’t Look Back in Anger, which promises to be a touching moment for everybody present.
James Allen, Manchester Arena’s General Manager, has commented, “May’s events will never be forgotten, but they will not stop us – or Mancunian music fans – from coming together to enjoy live music. Manchester Arena has celebrated over 20 years hosting some of the greatest musical talent of all time, and the significant economic and cultural impact that this has on the city means that this legacy must continue. Public safety is always our priority and we are doing all we can to keep people safe at our venue.”
It will be a great sight to see the Manchester Arena back in action with the people enjoying the music and having a good time together – which is what the city does best. Tickets go on sale tomorrow and there is expected to be a huge demand for what is a great cause!