Manchester Arena to reopen on 9 September
Manchester Arena will reopen on Saturday 9 September with a benefit show, We are Manchester, to honour victims of the bombing on 22 May.
All proceeds from the show – headlined by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (pictured) and also featuring performances from Courteeners, Blossoms, Rick Astley and poet Tony Walsh, all of whom are from Greater Manchester – will go to a charitable trust, overseen by Manchester’s lord mayor, currently Eddy Newman, to fund a permanent memorial to the attack.
The 21,000-capacity arena has been closed since May, when a Muslim suicide bomber, Salman Ramadan Abedi, detonated an improvised device outside its foyer after a show by Ariana Grande, killing 22.
A benefit concert featuring Grande, One Love Manchester, was organised by Live Nation, Festival Republic and SJM Concerts in June.
“May’s events will never be forgotten, but they will not stop us – or Mancunian music fans – from coming together to enjoy live music,” comments James Allen, the arena’s general manager. “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.
“We welcome the reopening of the arena, a major venue which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors, as a powerful symbol of this defiant and resilient spirit”
“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 and we are asking all customers to arrive at the Arena in plenty of time and and to keep personal items to an absolute minimum.”
Councillor Sue Murphy, deputy leader of Manchester City Council, says: “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 reopening 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 reopening 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.”
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Aurora still on top, Blossoms #2 in ETEP bookings
Norwegian singer-songwriter Aurora is still №1 in the ETEP charts, topping once again the ranks of the most-booked acts for European Talent Exchange Programme-affiliated festivals in 2016 so far.
The nineteen-year-old, who released her debut studio album, All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend, in March, will appear at no less than 11 ETEP festivals this year, including Lollapalooza Berlin, Krakow Live Festival, Roskilde Festival, Lowlands, Festival №6 in Wales, Finland’s Ilosaarirock and Provinssirock, Sziget, Colours of Ostrava in the Czech Republic, Montreux Jazz Festival and Rock Werchter.
New in second place is British band Blossoms, with nine bookings, followed by fellow Brits Nothing But Thieves and Mura Masa in joint third with seven, and UK rapper Stormzy, Dutch blues band My Baby and British MC Soom T in joint fifth, with six apiece.
Stormzy and Belgian DJ Lost Frequencies were joint second in March, when the last results were announced, with five bookings each.
Eurosonic Noorderslag launched ETEP “to stimulate the circulation of European repertoire[s] on festivals, on radio and across the media in Europe” in 2003. Since then a total of 2,690 shows by 972 European artists from 30 countries have taken place at 100 ETEP festivals.