Written by Rahoul Naik
When a suicide bomber entered Manchester Arena towards the end of Ariana Grande’s gig, Manchester’s past, present and future was thrown into disarray. 22 killed and a further 250 injured, the city was shaken but it would never fall.
Soon after, Ariana herself set up a tribute concert at Old Trafford with the likes of Black Eyed Peas, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and Mac Miller. That concert raised around £24 million for the victims and the families of the victims, with each receiving around £250,000.
As Manchester Arena nears it’s reopening, We Are Manchester, the charity supporting these victims, have announced another tribute gig which will hopefully raise enough to pay for a permanent memorial for those affected.
It was announced earlier that Noel Gallagher, Blossoms, The Courtneers, Rick Astley and poet Tony Walsh will be performing at the event, and there are many more to still be announced.
The concert will see Manchester unite again for a good cause and truly show the world the meaning of solidarity, something we are not seeing in other parts of our world.
Speaking on the importance of Manchester Arena’s reopening, general manager James Allen said to the BBC “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.”
Check the poster below for all the information about the concert.