Manchester Arena is to remain closed until September, following the terrorist attack that took place outside of its main entrance following an Ariana Grande concert last month in which 22 people died.
The venue’s operators have said that repair work will not be completed in time for upcoming shows to take place over the summer. The bulk of the scheduled shows have been cancelled, including performances by Kiss, Kings of Leon and Blink 182.
The venue elaborated in a statement: “Whilst it was always our intention to honour our existing summer events, the damage caused to the main public area outside of the arena has left us with no other option than to remain closed until September. We are currently working with the promoters of our June, July and August shows to find suitable solutions for events affected by this unprecedented closure”.
Radiohead and Take That, both of whom were due to play multiple dates at Manchester Arena (on different nights of course!), have chosen to consolidate those performances into larger shows- Take That will now play one night at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on 18th June as the finale to their current tour and Radiohead will also consolidate, playing one show at Emirates Old Trafford on 4th July in place of planned shows at the arena on 4th and 5th July.
To find out more about all affected shows, go here.
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