Manchester attack: Take That to play gig at Man City's stadium


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Take That had been due to play at the Manchester Arena on three evenings this week

Take That will stage a stadium concert in Manchester next month instead of returning to the city’s arena, where they had been due to play three shows.

The Mancunian man band were scheduled to perform at the arena from Thursday 25 to Saturday 27 May.

But those gigs were postponed after the bomb attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left 22 people dead on Monday.

Instead of rescheduling the arena gigs, Take That have arranged a single date at the Etihad Stadium for 18 June.

A statement from the arena said there were not three consecutive nights in the venue’s schedule that would fit into the pop group’s tour.

They had already played three nights at the venue the weekend before the bombing.

Fans with tickets for the postponed Manchester Arena gigs can choose to exchange them for the Etihad date or get a full refund.

Meanwhile, a number of other announcements have been made about Manchester Arena events and other concerts in the city in the wake of the attack:

  • Rock band Kiss have cancelled their date at the Manchester Arena on 30 May, saying they are “heartbroken by the atrocity committed against the innocent victims of Manchester”
  • The subsequent event in the arena’s calendar, WWE Presents NXT Live! on 6 June, has also been cancelled “out of respect for all those affected by the Manchester tragedy”
  • Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher will start his solo tour at Manchester’s O2 Ritz on 30 May, giving all proceeds to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund
  • The city’s main orchestras – the Halle, the BBC Philharmonic and the Manchester Camerata – will unite for a special concert at the Bridgewater Hall on 1 June, joined by performers including Guy Garvey and Clare Teal

No details have been given about when Manchester Arena will reopen. The next event in the venue’s diary is a Kings of Leon concert on 9 June.

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