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Manchester Arena to Reopen in September with Benefit Concert

Manchester Arena to Reopen in September with Benefit Concert

Ariana Grande, Manchester, Manchester Arena

Proceeds will fund a permanent memorial to the victims of the attack. 

Next month the doors of Manchester Arena will finally reopen after the May 22 attack earlier this year that left 22 dead and hundreds injured as fans were leaving an Ariana Grande concert.

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According to Billboard, a benefit concert will be played on September 9, celebrating the resurrection of the venue and acting as a charity event to raise funds to install a permanent memorial to the 22 victims. This fund is separate from the "We Love Manchester" fund which was established in the immediate aftermath of the attack, ultimately raising $320,000 for the families of those who died.

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"May's events will never be forgotten, but they will not stop us--or Mancunian music fans--from coming together to enjoy live music," said James Allen, general manager of Manchester Arena, when he announced the concert. "Manchester Arena has celebrated over 20 years hosting some of the greatest musical talent of all time, and the significant economic and cultural impact this has on the city emans that this legacy must continue."

Announced talent headlining the benefit includes Noel Gallagher's (Oasis) High Flying Birds, with performances by Courteneers, Blossoms, and Rick Astley, and more announcements to come per organizers.

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