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Noel Gallagher at concert of his band Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds in Budapest, Hungary, Aug. 15, 2016.(Photo: BALAZS MOHAI, EPA)


LONDON  — Noel Gallagher will headline a memorial concert to benefit and honor victims of the Manchester Arena bombing, as the venue reopens next month for the first time since the deadly attack.

The former Oasis frontman's band High Flying Birds will be joined by The Courteeners, Blossoms and Rick Astley at the Sept. 9 We Are Manchester show.

The lineup also includes poet Tony Walsh, known as Longfella, whose poem This is the Place has become a defiant symbol of the northwestern England city devastated by a suicide bombing that killed scores of children.

A total of 22 people died and more than 200 were injured when a bomber detonated a backpack full of explosives after an Ariana Grande concert as hundreds of her mostly young fans were leaving the arena on May 22.

Sue Murphy, deputy leader of Manchester City Council, said Wednesday that the venue's reopening was a symbol of the city's "defiant and resilient spirit."

Manchester is the United Kingdom's second-largest city after London. The arena has been closed for repairs since the bombing.


Ariana Grande performing at One Love Manchester benefit concert for victims of Manchester Arena bombing, June 4, 2017, in Manchester. (Photo: DAVE HOGAN FOR ONE LOVE MANCHEST, AFP/Getty Images)

The city has been the site of multiple memorial events and concerts, including one by Grande who returned in June to headline a concert at the local cricket grounds that drew 50,000 people and raised more than $13 million for the victims.

The One Love Manchester concert featured Liam Gallagher, Noel's brother and former Oasis bandmate, but not Noel.  

Grande visited injured fans in the hospital before the concert and met the mother of Olivia Campbell, one of those killed in the bombing. She also offered 14,000 free tickets for the benefit concert for those who attended the May 22 concert. 

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The pop star surprised victims of the May 22nd suicide bombing by paying a visit to the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. USA TODAY


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