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Manchester Arena to reopen in September with Noel Gallagher benefit gig

Manchester Arena will reopen on Saturday, September 9 with a benefit concert headlined by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

The ‘We Are Manchester’ show will also feature fellow Mancunian acts Courteneers, Blossoms and Rick Astley. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Thursday (August 17).

Audience members will be screened at arrival gates, with no bag storage available. Any bags larger than 35cm x 40cm x 19cm will not be allowed inside the venue.

“Public safety is always our priority and we are doing all we can to keep people safe at our venue,” said general manger James Allen. “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.”

All ticket profits will the Manchester Memorial Fund, which will go towards establishing a permanent memorial for victims of the attack during an Ariana Grande concert on May 22. It was announced this week that each family of those who died will receive £250,000 from the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.

The venue has been closed since May 22. Allen continued: “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.”

The arena’s first benefit concert One Love Manchester, headlined by Ariana Grande, was the most-watched show in 2017, and raised more than £2m in three hours for the We Love Manchester emergency fund.

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