The Manchester Arena is officially reopening on Saturday 9th of September with We Are Manchester - a special benefit concert to honour those who died or those whose lives were changed forever by the bombing in May.
We Are Manchester will have tight security, and will feature some of the city’s finest talent, alongside some of the biggest names in music. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Courteeners, Blossoms, Rick Astley and ‘Longfella’ poet Tony Walsh will perform to Manchester crowds along with a pre show DJ set from Clint Boon, with more acts to follow.
All profits from the concert will raise money for the Manchester Memorial Fund, a charitable trust overseen by the Lord Mayor of Manchester which will go towards establishing a permanent memorial for the 22 May attack.
Those who perpetrate terrorist attacks want to divide us and stifle our freedoms. No one will ever forget the terrible events of 22May but Manchester has reacted with love, solidarity and a determination to continue doing the things which make this such a vibrant city.
We welcome the re-opening of the Arena, a major venue which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors, as a powerful symbol of this defiant and resilient spirit. It is entirely fitting that the re-opening event should be a memorial fundraiser. Plans for the form and location of any permanent commemorations will be determined in liaison with the families of victims and others affected by the attack.
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. Doors will open at 5pm. Customers are highly encouraged to arrive early.”
All customers will be required to go through additional security and screening upon arrival, no backpacks or bags larger than 35cm x 40cm x 19cm will be allowed inside the venue. Bag storage will not be provided. Tickets, priced at £25 and £30 (plus booking fee), will go on sale at 9am on Thursday 17th August at www.eventim.co.uk or by calling 0844 847 8000 and at www.ticketmaster.co.uk or by calling 0844 844 0444.
Maximum 4 tickets per person. Tickets are nontransferable. Names will be printed on tickets and ID checks will be carried out on the door.
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