The We Are Manchester charity concert staged by Manchester Arena has generated over £270,000 for the Manchester Memorial Fund.
The September 9 benefit gig, which was headlined by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, marked the re-opening of the venue following May’s terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert. The line-up also featured local bands Courteeners and Blossoms, alongside pop stars Rick Astley, Pixie Lott, Nadine Coyle, MC Bugzy Malone and DJ Clint Boon.
The funds raised will go towards covering the costs of a permanent memorial or memorials for those affected by the attack.
James Allen, general manager of Manchester Arena, commented: “Whilst we will never forget the horrific events ofMay 22, we will not let them stop us from bringing live music to our city. The September 9 charity concert was a landmark moment in helping the city move forward and I’m now honoured to present money raised by the event to the Manchester Memorial Fund.”
A total of £274,085 has been raised for the charity, with further funds to be collected from memorabilia auctions. The Government has also agreed a one-off grant of £64,834, which represents the value of the VAT on the ticket sales.