NOEL Gallagher, The Courteeners and Blossoms are among the acts to take part in a special benefit concert to officially open the Manchester Arena and honour those who were killed and affected in May's devastating terror attack.

Manchester Arena will reopen on Saturday, September 9, with the We Are Manchester concert featuring an all star line up in tribute of those affected, with tickets going on sale today.

All profits will raise money for the Manchester Memorial Fund which will go towards establishing a permanent memorial in tribute to the 22 killed in the atrocity.

John Atkinson, aged 28, from Radcliffe and Tottington High School pupil Olivia Campbell-Hardy, aged 15, from Bury, were among the 22 who died in the May 22 attack at the Manchester Arena.

Olivia's mum, Charlotte Campbell “I think it is a great idea. I think that people should go along to the concert, and that they shouldn’t be afraid because we can’t let these people win.

“I have been back to the arena as many people know – you cannot let people beat you.

“I know that it is going to be scary for a lot of people but I know that if my daughter had survived she would be one of the first people back.

“I know it sounds terrible but life has to go on.”

Cllr Sue Murphy, deputy leader of Manchester City Council, said: "Those who perpetrate terrorist attacks want to divide us and stifle our freedoms. No one will ever forget the terrible events of 22 May but Manchester has reacted with love, solidarity and a determination to continue doing the things which make this such a vibrant city.

"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." 

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.

Other acts lined up include Rick Astley and ‘Longfella’ poet Tony Walsh, from Prestwich, will perform to Manchester crowds along with a pre show DJ set from Clint Boon, with more to follow. 

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.

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.

"Public safety is always our priority and we are doing all we can to keep people safe at our venue. Doors will open at 5pm and we are asking all customers to arrive at the Arena in plenty of time and and to keep personal items to an absolute minimum."

Tickets, priced at £25 and £30, plus booking fee, will go on sale at 9am on Thursday, August 17th at or by calling 0844 847 8000 and at or by calling 0844 844 0444.