We Are Manchester, September’s benefit concert staged by Manchester Arena, has raised over £270,000 for the Manchester Memorial Fund
The 9 September charity event, headlined by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, marked the re-opening of the Manchester venue following May’s terror attack.
Profits from the We Are Manchester concert has raised money for the Manchester Memorial Fund. This fund will go towards the costs of establishing a permanent memorial or memorials for those affected by the 22 May attack.
James Allen, General Manager for Manchester Arena, said: “Whilst we will never forget the horrific events of 22 May, we will not let them stop us from bringing live music to our city. The 9 September 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”.
Lord Mayor of Manchester Councillor Eddy Newman added: “The concert has raised a significant amount of money for the Memorial Fund and I’d like to thank the generosity of the organisers and the acts but most of all the people who attended.
“Manchester is determined to deliver a lasting and appropriate memorial, or memorials, for those who tragically lost their lives in the attack on 22 May. Developing these plans will be a careful process and time will be taken to ensure that families and other affected are consulted and involved as plans emerge.”
In total £274,085 has been raised for the charity, with further monies to be collected from memorabilia auctions which are still taking place. The Government has also agreed a one-off grant of £64,834, which represents the value of the VAT on the ticket sales.
In addition to Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, who performed an emotionally charged rendition of the Oasis classic Don’t Look Back In Anger, the line-up featured local bands Courteeners and Blossoms alongside pop stars Rick Astley, Pixie Lott, Nadine Coyle, MC Bugzy Malone and DJ Clint Boon. Comedian Peter Kay, who worked at the arena in the 1990’s before going on to perform there more than 40 times, also took to the stage. The event was opened by local poet Longfella Tony Walsh.
The Manchester Memorial Fund will be run as a dedicated part of the Lord Mayor of Manchester’s charity We Love Manchester with all funds raised used for memorial purposes. This should not be confused with the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, the separate fund run in association with the Red Cross to help support those who suffered loss, injury or trauma in the Arena attack.
Manchester Arena is managed and operated by SMG Europe.