​Noel Gallagher to Reopen Manchester Arena with Benefit Concert Next Month

​Noel Gallagher to Reopen Manchester Arena with Benefit Concert Next Month
Photo: Lucia Graca
Noel Gallagher is set to play a massive charity show at Manchester Arena next month. It will mark the first official event to take place at the venue since the terror attacks during an Ariana Grande concert on May 22.
 
The grand reopening has been dubbed "We Are Manchester," and in addition to a headlining set from Gallagher, the benefit show will feature performances by the Courteneers, Blossoms, Rick Astley and poet Tony Walsh. It's set to take place on September 9.
 
Proceeds from the concert event will go towards creating a permanent memorial to those who were killed in the bombing.
 
A statement from Manchester councillor Sue Murphy about the upcoming show reads:
 
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.
 
Gallagher previously came under fire from his brother and former Oasis bandmate, Liam Gallagher, for not attending the "One Love Manchester" benefit earlier this year. Liam suggested his older brother should "get on a fucking plane and play your tunes for the kids you sad fuck," though concert organizers and performer Chris Martin of Coldplay jumped to Noel's defence.
 
Noel subsequently donated royalties from Oasis' "Don't Look Back in Anger" to charity when the song became a defacto anthem for the city in the wake of the attacks.