Which gigs will be affected by the Manchester terror attack?
This story is developing. We’ll update it as more information is available.
Last night (May 22), an attack during an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena killed at least 22 people and wounded close to sixty. The explosion took place in the arena foyer as gig-goers were leaving the venue, many of which were young teenagers or children.
While the full details of the event are still being clarified, it is extremely likely that the attack will have consequences on upcoming concerts around the country and in Manchester. Here’s what we know about some of the currently scheduled gigs in arenas. This story will be updated with more news as it comes in, and arenas respond to our requests.
Take That were due to play the venue on Thursday (25th), Friday (26th) and Saturday (27th). No official announcement has been made, but as reported by The Express, it is likely that the shows will not go ahead, and that the venue will be closed for “the foreseeable future”.
Liverpool Echo Arena
Take That played the first of two shows at the arena last night (May 22nd), with another scheduled for Tuesday (23rd). The city’s Mayor, Steve Rotheram, told The Echo that a meeting is being held to decide whether the show will go ahead. “We will be chairing our own Cobra-style security meeting this afternoon, which will include all the agencies including the police, councils and others” he told The Echo.“We will decide whether we need to raise the security levels in the city and we will also decide whether the planned Take That concert in Liverpool tonight will go ahead or not.”
The o2 – London
Ariana Grande is currently scheduled to play two shows at the London venue on Thursday and Friday. The venue’s official Twitter account said that “Ariana is due to perform at The O2 on Thursday and Friday and we will advise as soon as we can as to the status of those shows.”
It has not issued a further update.
Barclaycard Arena – Birmingham
Indian musician Gurdas Maan is currently scheduled to play at the Birmingham venue on Saturday (May 27). The arena has not responded to questions about whether the show will go ahead,
SSE Hydro – Glasgow
Kiss are currently billed to play the venue on Saturday. No statement has been made about whether the gig will still go ahead.
First Direct Arena – Leeds
The venue’s website has still listed Adam Ant as playing the venue on Saturday May 27 and no statement has been made about the show.
The post Which gigs will be affected by the Manchester terror attack? appeared first on NME.
Powered by WPeMatico