Manchester Arena releases image of venue ahead of benefit concert

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Manchester Arena releases image of venue ahead of benefit concert

Britain's Manchester Arena is set to reopen on Saturday with a sell-out "We Are Manchester" concert to honor people affected by a terrorist attack in May that killed 22 people.

Noel Gallagher will headline the 'We Are Manchester' show on 9 September, along with bands such as the Courteeners, poet Tony Walsh, and comedian Peter Kay.

Families who lost loved ones and those injured in the terror attack three months ago are expected to be among the 14,000 crowd at the sold-out gig, with funds raised going towards a permanent memorial for the victims.

The attack claimed the lives of 22 people and saw at least 220 people seeking medical treatment.

The first glimpse inside the arena came after more than 500 people who were directly affected by the bomb - including bereaved families, those who suffered life-changing injuries and many witnesses - were given a private visit to the City Room on Thursday.

He said the concert would be an "emotional" night for everybody, including staff who were present on the night of the attack.

Suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a homemade device in the foyer of the venue as concert goers were leaving the Ariana Grande concert.

An image showing the refurbished foyer was also released by the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation, which supported the families during the visit. "It got very busy, especially with many young girls".

Manchester Arena releases image of venue ahead of benefit concert

Additional security and screening upon arrival at the venue will be in place, with no backpacks or large bags allowed inside.

"We are here to not only to reopen the building, but we're here to remember what has gone on and really celebrate Manchester's music scene".

Profits from the event will go to a fund to create a permanent memorial to victims of the attack, which happened after a performance by US singer Ariana Grande.

The images have been released in the hope of preparing people affected by the terror attack before they return to the venue.

"It will be hard for some people to return and there will be a lot of attention on this event but the artists are giving their time for free", Taylor said.

"So I think this is emotional for the whole of Manchester".

Concertgoers have been told to expect tight security. It is entirely fitting that the re-opening event should be a memorial fundraiser.

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