Extra security for Manchester Arena benefit concert

Extra security for Manchester Arena benefit concert

Extra security for Manchester Arena benefit concert

The Manchester Arena re-opened for the first time today with a charity concert.

About 14,000 people, including a number of survivors and bereaved relatives, packed into the venue, The Guardian reports.

"What we're hoping to do is give people confidence to come back to the arena", he said. "We are musical, we are multicultural, we are Manchester, we are magnificent, and we are back". Why haven't we got coverage of the proms'.

The 'We are Manchester' concert will be broadcast live on three radio stations on Sunday.

The arena's general manager, James Allen, told the BBC the event would be "emotional for everybody".

Nearly 15,000 people packed out the arena for the We Are Manchester benefit concert, among them some of the relatives of the 22 people killed and many of those who survived the suicide bombing in May.

They say safety in the arena is constantly being reviewed, and enhanced security checks tonight will take longer - so you need to go with plenty of time.

"There are very few people you meet who have never been to an event at the arena", he said.


The crushed territory has been incompletely redesigned and re-opened for Saturday's occasion, titled We Are Manchester, to demonstrate the city won't be vanquished by psychological warfare.

Suicide plane Salman Abedi exploded his gadget in the hall of the scene slaughtering 22 and harming scores of others toward the finish of an Ariana Grande show, on May 22.

Charlotte Campbell, whose 15-year-old daughter Olivia was killed in the attack, told ITV News she was attending to "show defiance" to the kind of people who would carry out such an attack.

Bags that are bigger than 35cm x 40cm x 19cm will not be allowed inside the Arena.

Manchester poet Tony Walsh - aka Longfella - will also read This Is The Place before the start of the main event.

Saturday's presentation, a tribute to the city commending its accomplishments and soul, was met with cheers and wild commendation. But it was Noel Gallagher and his band High Flying Birds that the audience were eagerly anticipating.

The line-up also includes performances by The Courteeners, Blossoms and Rick Astley along with sets from Bugzy Malone, and Nadine Coyle.

A benefit concert entitled "We Are Manchester" will raise money for a charitable trust in charge of establishing a permanent memorial in the northern English city.

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