Nick Cave says his Manchester gig following the 2017 terror attack was the “most emotional concert of his career”

The musician played in Manchester four months after 22 people died after a bomb was detonated at an Ariana Grande concert

Nick Cave has spoken out about his Manchester Arena gig in September 2017 and called the show the “most emotional concert of his career.”

The show was just four months after the terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert at the same venue on May 22nd 2017. Twenty-two people were killed and a further 59 injured after suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a device in the foyer of the venue.

Victims included young children who had attended Grande’s show and parents who were waiting to pick up their kids.

Cave took to the stage at the same venue just four months later and Far Out Magazine reports that Cave has now called the gig the most emotional of his career.

The admission comes after a fan asked him on his new fan platform The Red Hand Files whether his own songs had ever made him cry on stage.

In an emotional response, Cave explained that he is usually concentrating too much on his performance to get emotional, but that changed at the Manchester gig.

Cave added: “Every now and then, a sudden thought, beyond my control, pierces this state of present-ness – a devastating image or a shocking recollection or an impossible wish – and that holy state of now ruptures and the world comes crashing in, and, well, sometimes you cry.

“And so it was at the Bad Seeds’ concert at the Manchester Arena, in your hometown, Sarah.

“I remember that concert so vividly. It was four months after the terrorist bombing, where twenty-three people died and untold were wounded, physically and psychologically. It was one of the first gigs in the Manchester Arena since it had re-opened, and there was a feeling of real defiance in the room, of course, but a terrible sadness too, I thought, at the sheer monstrousness of it all.

“A sadness because we understood that evil does walk among us, and that none of us has any real control over our destinies, that we are all tossed around by the arbitrary winds of fate and who ever really knows what is going to happen next?

“At that concert in Manchester Arena, with these thoughts going through my mind, I felt an intense common bond with the audience, that became in the end almost overwhelming and which I will never forget. The unrestrained release at the end of the show was a deliverance for us all.”

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds released their last album ‘Skeleton Tree’ in 2016 and the frontman recently gave an update on the state of their follow up at an event in Melbourne, saying he was “very, very excited about it” and recording would wrap soon.

Cave has recently announced that he’s bringing his ‘Conversations’ tour to Europe and the UK this May and June that will see him taking a widespread selection of questions from fans and performing some of his most iconic tracks on piano.

Following one of his recent ‘Conversations’ evenings in Australia, Cave was praised for his heartfelt response to a young boy who had attended.

He told the kid: “This secret knowledge you have is a strength that will inspire you to do wondrous things – like write stories, or draw pictures, or build rockets that fly to Mars. A boy full of inspiration with a warrior’s name! The world is waiting for you. Blow ‘em away, kid.”

Nick Cave’s European and UK ‘Conversations’ tour dates are as follows:


Monday 13 – Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany
Wednesday 15 – Admiralspalast, Berlin, Germany
Thursday 16 – Tonhalle, Dusseldorf, Germany
Sunday 19 – Oslo Konserthus, Oslo, Norway
Tuesday 21 – DR Koncerthuset, Koncertsalen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Friday 24 – Philharmonie, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Sunday 26 – Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Monday 27 – TivoliVredenburg, Grote Zaal, Utrecht, Netherlands
Wednesday 29 – DeRoma, Antwerp, Belgium


Saturday 15 – Wales Millenium Centre, Cardiff, UK
Monday 17 – Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK
Wednesday 19 – The Barbican, London, UK
Thursday 20 – The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, UK
Saturday 22 – Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK
Saturday 23 – Sage One, Gateshead, UK
Tuesday 25 – Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, UK
Wednesday 26 – Eventim Olympia, Liverpool, UK
Friday 28 – Brighton Dome Concert Hall, Brighton, UK