Manchester Arena boss James Allen has declared Saturday's We Are Manchester benefit concert "a phenomenal success", as the venue opened its doors for the first time since the May terror attack
Held in aid of the Manchester Memorial Fund, the SMG Europe-promoted show was headlined by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, with support from Courteeners, Blossoms, Bugzy Malone, Nadine Coyle, Rick Astley and Pixie Lott.
"The concert was a phenomenal success and this was down to the commitment of everyone involved from the amazing artists and the dedicated arena teams, production and emergency services," said Allen. "However, it was the people who attended on the night representing Manchester who embraced the spirit of the event and showed the strength that Manchester has and that the arena is truly a part of the Manchester community."
The venue will host John Legend on Saturday and has upcoming concerts by the likes of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Lady Gaga, J. Cole, Emeli Sande, Metallica and Jamiroquai.
Read Music Week's recent interview with Allen here and our review of We Are Manchester here.