On Monday 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). The Manchester Arena have announced that these shows have been postponed.
— Manchester Arena (@ManchesterArena) May 23, 2017
Take That have now announced that they’ll be playing one show at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday June 18, instead of the three cancelled shows at Manchester Arena.
Kiss were due to play at the venue on Tuesday (30th) but have since postponed the show. “We are heartbroken by the atrocity committed against the innocent victims of Manchester,” a statement reads. “We sadly will not to be able to play Manchester Arena on the 30th May. We have always looked forward to these shows and our local fans, but in light of recent events a cancelled rock show seems of such little consequence.”
Liverpool Echo Arena
Take That played the first of two shows at the arena on Monday (May 22nd), with another scheduled for Tuesday (23rd). The band released a statement saying that Tuesday gig (May 23) has been postponed. The statement reads:
‘Out of respect to all of the people and their families that were affected by the horrific incident last night at The Manchester Arena, we have decided to postpone our show tonight in Liverpool. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.’
The o2 – London
Iron Maiden, meanwhile, have confirmed that their two shows at The o2 on May 27 and 28 will go ahead.
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,
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.
Old Trafford Cricket Ground – Manchester
The Courteeners are currently scheduled to play a huge outdoor show to 50,000 this coming Saturday (May 27) in Manchester. The band and promoters have confirmed the show will go ahead and shared the following statements:
“Courteeners fans are vocal, demonstrative and passionate. Many times this has been celebrated with flares, pyro and smoke canisters” SJM Concerts said. |Given that nerves will be heightened on Saturday please do not bring any form of pyro to this gig.”
Here’s what the venue had to say to fans: “We would advise customers to allow extra time for travel and additional security checks at the stadium. Everyone entering the venue will be searched, and people are asked to not bring bags with them.”
Parklife Festival – Manchester
The Manchester festival, which takes place on June 10-11, have confirmed that they “will go ahead as planned”.
— Parklife 2020 (@Parklifefest) May 23, 2017
Radio 1’s Big Weekend – Hull
The annual festival is scheduled to take place in Hull’s Burton Constable Hall this weekend. The organisers have released a statement about the festival, but not fully confirmed if the festival will go ahead.
“Our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those affected by the tragic events in Manchester,” a BBC Radio One spokesman said. “The health and safety of everyone involved in Big Weekend is now our primary focus and we are carrying out a full assessment, with the police and our partners, of every aspect of the festival.”
Liverpool Sound City Festival
The festival have confirmed on their social media that this weekend’s festival (May 27-28) will go ahead.
Slam Dunk Festival
A representative for the festival has confirmed that the festival will go ahead as planned in all locations. They have also shared a statement detailing the security procedures that fans will face.
“There will be intensive bag searches taking place on all gates – we advise you to avoid bringing a bag with you unless absolutely necessary, as this will delay your entrance. Searches will also be carried out on the gates to all events. If you are attending one of the events this weekend please be patient when entering and re-entering the sites and allow plenty of time to get into the festival.
We have consulted with local authorities and venues at all Slam Dunk Festival sites to ensure the safety of our customers, and will continue to follow advice from them over the coming days”
Dot To Dot Festival
Dot To Dot Festival has confirmed the festival will go ahead with new security measures.
A statement reads: “DHP Family has been in touch today with Counter Terrorism Security Adviser at GMP Counter Terrorism Branch and discussed the Dot to Dot Festival in Manchester this weekend. In solidarity with the resilience of the amazing people of Manchester and the power of live music, Dot to Dot Manchester will be going ahead.”
“Dot to Dot is a festival about bringing people together and enjoying a day out watching live music and having fun. We have taken stock and thought deeply about whether it’s appropriate for us to go ahead in the light of what’s happened – and we have decided we will hold the event. We can’t forget what’s happened, but we don’t want to let fear and hate stop us.”
“Following the CTSA advice, we are reviewing our existing plan and expect to increase number of searches on entry. We would ask customers not to bring bags unless absolutely unavoidable and be patient and cooperative with our security staff. We will continue to liaise with Counter Terrorism Police contacts and the hosting venues in the run up to the Dot to Dot festival and should any further advice be issued we will of course be taking that on board and taking the appropriate steps.”
We Are FSTVL
The Essex festival have confirmed that they will go ahead.