Liam Gallagher dedicates first solo concert to Manchester attack victims

Liam Gallagher opened his set by announcing 'we are together'. Credit: PA

Liam Gallagher has dedicated his first solo concert to the victims of the Manchester attack.

The former Oasis frontman's gig at the 02 Ritz in his home city sold out in minutes, with all profits donated to help the families of the 22 people killed and more than 100 injured in the blast caused by bomber Salman Abedi.

The 44-year-old had said he wanted to "try and help people pick up" in the aftermath of the attack.

Gallagher opened his set by announcing "we are together" before launching into the opening number, Rock n' Roll Star.

He showcased new tracks from his forthcoming album As You Were, as well as playing Oasis favourites.

An encore saw an acapella version of Live Forever, which was followed by the crowd singing "Stand up for the 22".

Don't Look Back In Anger was not on the set list, but the audience sang it anyway, along with the Manchester City anthem Blue Moon, and chanting "Manchester La La La".

Proceeds from the concert will go to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, organised by Manchester City Council in partnership with the British Red Cross and the Manchester Evening News (MEN).

Gallagher will go on to play concerts in London, Dublin and Glasgow this week.