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Manchester Arena has announced that the venue will resume its operation in September with a special benefit concert to honour those impacted by the terror attack in May.

The venue has been closed since the bomb attack at an Ariana Grande concert on 22 May, which left 22 people dead.

James Allen, general manager of Manchester Arena, said: “May’s events will never be forgotten, but they will not stop us – or Mancunian music fans – from coming together to enjoy live music.

“Manchester Arena has celebrated over 20 years hosting some of the greatest musical talent of all time, and the significant economic and cultural impact that this has on the city means that this legacy must continue.”

The venue is set to resumes operations with We are Manchester featuring Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Courteeners, Blossoms and Rick Astley to name but a few.

“Public safety is always our priority and we are doing all we can to keep people safe at our venue. Doors will open at 5pm and we are asking all customers to arrive at the Arena in plenty of time and to keep personal items to an absolute minimum,” Allen concluded.

In a statement, the venue announced that all customers will be screened upon arrival, any bags larger than 35cm x 40cm x 19cm will not be allowed inside the venue and no bag storage will be provided.

All profits from the concert will raise money for the Manchester Memorial Fund, a charitable trust overseen by the Lord Mayor of Manchester, which will go towards establishing a permanent memorial for the 22 May attack.

Photo caption Noel Gallagher by Jose Francisco Del Valle Mojica.