Venue re-opens after terrorist attack...
Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher is set to headline the re-opening of the Manchester Arena.

The venue has been closed since the devastating attack earlier this year, with a huge benefit show taking place in Manchester to remember the victims.

Manchester Arena will re-open on September 9th with a very special show headlined by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

The songwriter has frequently spoken about the impact the attack left on him, with 'Don't Look Back In Anger' being adopted as a hymn of resilience in the aftermath of the attack.

All profits from the concert will raise money for the Manchester Memorial Fund, with the line up also including The Courteeners, Blossoms and Rick Astley.

Councillor Sue Murphy, deputy leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Those who perpetrate terrorist attacks want to divide us and stifle our freedoms.”

"No one will ever forget the terrible events of 22 May 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.”

(via Manchester Evening News)

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