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Noel Gallagher To Reopen Manchester Arena With Benefit Concert

Former Oasis guitarist and native Mancunian, Noel Gallagher, will headline a special benefit concert, next month, to mark the reopening of the Manchester Arena. 

The arena—which has been closed off since May, when a terrorist attack claimed the lives of 22 people and injured hundreds following an Ariana Grande concert—has undergone major renovation work and has taken every step necessary to ensure there will be extra security and ID checks around the venue in the future. 

“May’s events will never be forgotten, but they will not stop us – or Mancunian music fans – from coming together to enjoy live music,” General Manager James Allen said in a release. “Manchester Arena has celebrated over 20 years, hosting some of the greatest musical talent of all time, and the significant and cultural impact that this has on the city means that this legacy must continue.”

In the wake of the attack, Grande put on an internationally televised benefit concert at Old Trafford Stadium, which featured performances by such big names as Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Coldplay, Justin Bieber, and the Black Eyed Peas. 

Gallagher’s brother, Liam, who recently announced the upcoming release of his debut solo album, was also at the One Love Manchester benefit concert in June, where he treated hometown fans to a performance of “Live Forever” featuring Coldplay frontman Chris Martin. 

In total, the benefit concert helped raise approximately $24.5 million for the families of the victims, according to NME

The “We Are Manchester” benefit concert will be held on Sept. 9th and features performances by Noel Gallagher and the High Flying Birds, Blossoms, The Courteeners, ’80s pop singer Rick Astley, poet Tony Walsh, and several more still to be announced. 

All of the proceeds from the event will go to the New Manchester Memorial Fund, which was established as a charitable trust to help establish a permanent memorial for the victims of the May 22nd attack. 

Tickets for the “We Are Manchester” benefit concert go on sale Thursday, August 17, at 9 a.m. GMT and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster or by calling 0844 847 8000. For more information visit manchester-arena.com. 

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