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When is the We Are Manchester concert at Manchester Arena tonight, who’s in the line-up and can I still get tickets?





FOUR months on from a terrorist attack which left 22 people dead, the Manchester Arena will reopen tomorrow, September 9.

The We Are Manchester benefit concert will be the first event to take place since the suicide bombing at Ariana Grande's sold-out concert. Here's everything you need to know about the gig...

 We Are Manchester is a benefit concert following on from One Love Manchester, pictured

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We Are Manchester is a benefit concert following on from One Love Manchester, pictured

What is We Are Manchester? When is it on?

We Are Manchester is a benefit concert taking place on September 9.

It is being held at Manchester's MEN Arena, and will be the first event held there since the terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert on 22 May.

All profits from the fundraising concert will be put towards a permanent memorial for the victims of the attack.

Security at the arena will be heightened for the event, with extra ID checks and bag sizes limited to 35cm x 40cm x 19cm.

Who is performing at We Are Manchester?

We Are Manchester will showcase a number of high-profile acts from the North West.

Not all performers have been revealed – and expect a few surprises – but Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds will be headlining.

 Noel Gallagher will be headlining at the gig, along with his new band

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Noel Gallagher will be headlining at the gig, along with his new band

Mancunian Oasis legend Noel donated royalties from his old band's hit Don't Look Back in Anger to the Manchester Memorial Fund.

The song was spontaneously sung by mourners during a vigil for the victims, and became an unofficial anthem of Manchester's defiance.

Noel, who is reportedly being introduced by comedy legend Peter Kay, will be joined by indie rockers The Courteeners and Blossoms, along with '80s pop icon Rick Astley.

Other acts include poet Tony Walsh aka Longfella, who captured Manchester's spirit with a reading of his poem This Is The Place at a vigil after the attack.

Pixie Lott, X Factor's Louisa Johnson and Bugzy Malone have now also been confirmed.

Who is hosting the concert?

Comedian Russell Kane is hosting the event in front of a crowd of 13,500.

The well-loved comic has performed across the UK from the Edinburgh Fringe to the Hammersmith Apollo.

The funnyman has previously been part of the presenting line-up on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! Now, doing a nightly stand-up routine and commenting on the jungle celebs.

He concluded his Right Man, Wrong Age tour in July 2017.

When are tickets for We Are Manchester on sale? Where can I get them?

Tickets for the show went on sale at 9am on Thursday, August 17.

However, the show proved so popular that tickets sold out after what the Manchester Arena described as an "overwhelming response."

Many fans claimed they couldn't snap up tickets at bang-on 9am, suggesting they may have sold out in just a few seconds.

They were available through Ticketmaster, with seated tickets priced at £30 and standing tickets setting you back £25.

 The Courteeners will also be playing at the gig, which is the first at the MEN Arena since the attack in May

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The Courteeners will also be playing at the gig, which is the first at the MEN Arena since the attack in May

What happened when Ariana Grande played at the Manchester Arena?

On 22 May, suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a homemade shrapnel bomb at the exit of the Manchester Arena.

He timed the attack to kill people as they left Ariana Grande's concert, which was largely attended by children.

In response to the atrocity, which killed 22 people, Ariana Grande headlined the One Love Manchester concert, held soon after to raise money for victims of the attack.

We Are Manchester will see the Manchester Arena opening again, for the first time since the attack in May.

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