UK News 'Show of British spirit': Manchester Arena reopens

07:15  09 september  2017
07:15  09 september  2017 Source:   Sky News

Liam Gallagher announces UK arena tour

  Liam Gallagher announces UK arena tour Liam Gallagher has announced a UK tour for December in support of his debut solo album 'As You Were'.The 44-year-old rocker will head out in support of his debut solo album 'As You Were' - which is released on October 6 - kicking off at Leeds First Direct Arena on December 3 and concluding with a homecoming show at Manchester Arena on December 16.

Manchester Arena will reopen for the first time since the May terror attack with a benefit concert to honour the 22 people killed. Comedian Russell Kane, who is hosting the event, told Sky News: "I like to think this show is typical of the British spirit , the way we hit back.

Former Oasis star Noel Gallagher is to headline a special benefit concert to reopen Manchester Arena next month. It will reopen on 9 September with a fundraising show featuring a number of north-west acts.

Manchester Arena will re-open on Saturday night © Getty Manchester Arena will re-open on Saturday night

Four months after a terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena the venue re-opens on Saturday night with a benefit show.

Headlined by former Oasis star Noel Gallagher the show will raise money for a permanent memorial to the victims who died in the atrocity.

Comedian Russell Kane, who is hosting the event, told Sky News: "I like to think this show is typical of the British spirit, the way we hit back.

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"When I was little my Great Nan used to tell me, 'During the war we didn't sit around counting our rations. If the Germans bombed us we were down in the tunnel and had a sing-song'... that is the British spirit.

Liam Gallagher announces UK arena tour

  Liam Gallagher announces UK arena tour Liam Gallagher has announced a UK tour for December in support of his debut solo album 'As You Were'.The 44-year-old rocker will head out in support of his debut solo album 'As You Were' - which is released on October 6 - kicking off at Leeds First Direct Arena on December 3 and concluding with a homecoming show at Manchester Arena on December 16.

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FOUR months on from a terrorist attack which left 22 people dead, the Manchester Arena will reopen in September. Other acts include poet Tony Walsh aka Longfella, who captured Manchester 's spirit with a reading of his poem This Is The Place at a vigil after the attack.

"We pick up our guitars if we're Noel Gallagher, we pick up our microphones and tell jokes if we're Russell Kane, and we have a gig, we have music, and we show how strong we are."

Comedian Russell Kane is hosting the benefit gig © Sky News Screen Grab Comedian Russell Kane is hosting the benefit gig

Twenty-two people were killed and 250 were injured when a suicide bomber detonated a shrapnel-filled bomb as fans were leaving an Ariana Grande concert at the arena on 22 May.

Among the arena's 14,000-strong crowd tonight will be relatives of those who died, and survivors.

Stuart Murray's stepson, Martyn Hett, was one of those killed.

Helpers attend to people inside the Manchester Arena © PA Helpers attend to people inside the Manchester Arena

Mr Murray said he had mixed emotions about visiting the venue: "It brings a lot of images and feelings and thoughts as I come here and I suppose we've been through so much that I can suppress them but yes there's a lot going through my mind."

Liam Gallagher announces UK arena tour

  Liam Gallagher announces UK arena tour Liam Gallagher has announced a UK tour for December in support of his debut solo album 'As You Were'.The 44-year-old rocker will head out in support of his debut solo album 'As You Were' - which is released on October 6 - kicking off at Leeds First Direct Arena on December 3 and concluding with a homecoming show at Manchester Arena on December 16.

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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 ." Manchester Arena 's general manager, James Allen, added, "May's events will never be forgotten, but they will not stop us — or Mancunian

But he said he supported "the show must go on" approach by the city of Manchester.

"It's something you just have to do. The human species has to do this. It has to pick itself up and carry on."

Additional security measures have been introduced since the bomb attack and the sell-out crowd is being asked not to brings bags.

Arena general manager James Allen said a lot of work had been done to ensure people were protected both physically and mentally.

"There will be people who have difficult memories and we've considered that. We are working very closely with family liaison and the Foundation for Peace, and we have support here on the night not only for the public but for staff and anybody who needs assistance."

Liam Gallagher adds Newcastle show to UK tour due to demand .
Liam Gallagher has extended his UK tour adding a date in Newcastle on November 1 after tickets for his shows sold out instantly during a pre-sale on Wednesday (06.09.17).The 'Wall of Glass' singer will now perform at Metro Radio Arena on November 1 and his Belfast show will on October 30 will now see him play to 11,000 people oppose to around 2,000 at the Northern Ireland capital's Ulster Hall.

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