An all-sar line-up including Noel Gallagher, The Courteeners, Blossoms and Rick Astley will perform at a huge benefit concert to officially reopen the Manchester Arena after the May terror attack.
The special benefit concert on Saturday, September 9, will mark the official reopening of the arena, and will honour all those affected by the bombing atrocities.
Tickets for the We Are Manchester gig go on sale tomorrow (Thursday, August 17).
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 be confirmed in the days ahead, the Manchester Evening News reports.
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 May 22 attack, which happened as revellers left the Ariana Grande concert at the arena.
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.”
James Allen, general manager of Manchester Arena said: “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.”
Former Oasis star Gallagher has spoken of how he was deeply affected by the arena attack in his home city, and has paid tribute to those affected by the atrocities at appearances at Glastonbury and on stage with U2 earlier this year.
The Oasis classic Don't Look Back In Anger was adopted as an anthem of the resilience of the city in the wake of the attacks.
Middleton band The Courteeners paid their moving tributes to those affected, including at their huge gig at the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground in May when they covered the Oasis classic during their show.
American star Ariana Grande returned to the city just two weeks after the devastating attack at her gig to host the huge benefit concert One Love Manchester, which helped to raise millions for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund to support the families of those affected by the attack.
How to get tickets to We Are Manchester
Tickets, priced at £25 and £30 (plus booking fee), will go on sale at 9am on Thursday 17 th 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 non transferable. Names will be printed on tickets and ID checks will be carried out on the door.
Please note there will be no direct box office purchases for this event.
Will there be extra security at the concert?
Arena bosses have confirmed that all customers will be required to go through additional security and screening upon arrival at the concert, and no backpacks or bags larger than 35cm x 40cm x 19cm will be allowed inside the venue.
Bag storage will not be provided.