Manchester Arena set for emotional reopening after Ariana Grande concert terror attack

Manchester Arena reopens after terror attack

About 14,000 people attended, among them families who lost loved ones, as well as those injured in the suicide bombing three months ago.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham spoke at the beginning of the show, reciting the names of those lost while thousands of fans cheered for each one.

She said: "We have had to come back to show defiance, to show we are not scared and we don't want Manchester to be scared". We are Manchester, a city united, nothing will ever change us, nothing will ever divide us'.

Manchester Arena was filled with music once more as the venue was re-opened four months after a terror attack.

Extra security measures will be in place for a special benefit concert to mark the reopening of the Manchester Arena tonight.

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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.

Gallagher's High Flying Birds will be joined by other acts including The Courteeners, Blossoms and Rick Astley.

After a pre-demonstrate DJ set from Clint Boon and Mr Burnham's discourse, a quiet fell over the field as artist Tony Walsh, who executes as Longfella, started an energetic perusing of his lyric This Is The Place.

Comedian Russell Kane, who is hosting the event, told Sky News: "I like to think this show is typical of the British spirit, the way we hit back".

He said: "Some of us that were there first time were there [at the reopening] to face a fear".

Pixie Lott was the first performer to take the stage followed by former Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle and Rik Astley.

"This is the strongest possible statement that we can make to those that peddle hate", he said. "The victims will never ever be forgotten".

The 22 victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack have been honoured during a benefit concert at the reopened venue.

All profits raised will go to the Manchester Memorial Fund, a charitable trust overseen by the city's Lord Mayor to pay for the permanent memorial.

There was tight security, with backpacks banned and armed police patrolling both the exterior and the inside concourse. Specialist trauma experts would be available for those who needed help at the venue, said officials.

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