Spirit of Manchester in the sand of the reopening


Thousands of music fans returned to Manchester Arena for a reopening of the concert, less than four months after the bomb attack that killed 22 people.

The local heroes Noel Gallagher and Peter Kay were among the acts in which We are Manchester concert.

The night began with a tribute to the bomb victims of a Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham.

The mood among the 14,000-strong crowd was a mixture of pride, catharsis and pure enjoyment.


The lord Burnham began by the reading of the names of the 22 people who died when Salman Abedi detonated the bomb at the end of a Ariana Grande concert on the 22nd of May.

The lobby area, where the bomb exploded, was also reopened, but it now contains a row of airport-style body scanners and brightly-colored temporary coating of walls with slogans such as “We are entertainment”, “We are love” and “We are stronger”.


There was tight security, with the backpacks are banned and armed police patrolling both the exterior and the interior of the lobby.

The heavy security was primarily outside of the auditorium, which gave the appearance of business as usual, once fans got inside. The Manchester Arena attack

After Mr. Burnham’s introduction, the poet Tony Walsh delivered her moving poem – the first performed in a vigil the day after the attack – titled This Is The Place.

But any suggestion that this could be a darkness of the night dissipates with the onset of the 1980s pop star, Rick Astley, dressed in a t-shirt that bears the Manchester bee emblem.

Chart star Pixie Lott, the ex-Girls Aloud member Nadine Coyle, the grime MC Bugzy Malone and Stockport band Blossoms also appeared on the something-for-all bill.


The Courteeners took the news of the atmosphere even more, becoming the front half of the arena in a moshing mass with their raucous indie anthems.

Most of the acts decided not to refer to the atrocity directly, preferring to speak of the city’s resilient spirit. Survive the Manchester bomb attack

Courteeners singer Liam Fray summarizes how the sense of pride in the city has been renovated from the attack, when he declared during his first song: “the Manchester, the center of the universe.”

The night was hosted by comedian Russell Kane. When a photographer came to the stage to take a photo of the crowd, Kane said: “Let’s show the world what the challenge, the happiness, the positivity and the strength.”