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Manchester Arena to reopen with benefit concert

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, The Courteeeners, Blossoms and more are set to play the reopening on 9 September.

Manchester Arena will officially reopen on Saturday 9 September with We Are Manchester – a special benefit concert to honour those impacted by May’s atrocities, and welcome back live entertainment fans to the arena.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Courteeners, Blossoms, Rick Astley and Longfella poet Tony Walsh will perform to Manchester crowds along with a pre-show DJ set from Clint Boon, with more acts to follow.

All profits from the concert will raise money for a charitable trust which is being set up to help fund permanent memorials to the attack.

James Allen, General Manager of Manchester Arena, said: “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.”

Councillor Sue Murphy, deputy leader of Manchester City Council, said: “We welcome the re-opening of the Arena, a major venue which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors, as a powerful symbol of this defiant and resilient spirit. It is entirely fitting that the re-opening event should be a memorial fundraiser. Plans for the form and location of any permanent commemorations will be determined in liaison with the families of victims and others affected by the attack.”

We’ve a handy guide to give you the best chance to get tickets below:


When are tickets on sale?

Tickets for #WeAreManchester will go on sale on Wednesday 16 August at 9:00. All will be available here. Definitely bookmark this link.

Grab the Ticketmaster app.

#WeAreManchester tickets will be available through the Ticketmaster app. Often the fastest way to get tickets, you can store your personal and payment details for speedy one-click purchasing, and scan your card directly into the app. Perfect! For more information, and to download the app, head here.

Open your account and log in now.

Get the details out of the way before tickets go on sale by logging in and checking your Ticketmaster account ahead of time. We recommend checking passwords, delivery address and billing information now, to reduce any stress when processing your order later on. Head to Ticketmaster.co.uk and log in to your account to get started.

Don’t refresh your screen.

Stick to one window when you’re being pushed through the virtual queue and always resist the urge to refresh. Hitting the refresh button means you’ll lose your place in the queue and, as frustrating as it can get, patience is the only way to win this game.

Ticketmaster is equipped with sophisticated systems that are designed to manage and process ticket purchases as quickly as possible. The queuing system that appears on your screen is actually doing something and will place you at the front of the line as soon as possible.

Check when tickets are available – even once they’re on sale.

Keep up-to-date with the latest ticket news on Twitter. If anything changes with these #WeAreManchester tickets – anything at all – our social followers will be the first to know about it.

We send real time updates as the general sales happens, including alerts on when new tickets become available. When we have popular shows come on sale.

Security information

Doors will open at 17:00 and due to enhanced security measures, Manchester Arena is advising everyone to arrive at the arena in plenty of time and to keep personal items to an absolute minimum. Any bags larger than 35cm x 40cm x 19cm will not be allowed inside the venue.

Tickets will go on sale at 9:00 on Thursday 17 August via www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

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