Manchester Arena Closed Til September

The damage caused to the main area outside  by a suicide bomber on May 22 means all events scheduled until mid-September will either be canceled or rescheduled.  

Manchester Arena Aftermath
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– Manchester Arena Aftermath
Police guard close to the Manchester Arena in Manchester in England May 23, a day after a terrorist attack that killed at least 22 people during an Ariana Grande concert.

“Whilst it was always our intention to honor 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,” a statement on the Manchester Arena website reads.“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. 

“We would like to offer our heartfelt gratitude to all our customers and friends for their continued support and patience during this time and our ongoing thoughts and prayers remain with all those affected by the 22 May atrocity.”

Shows by Celine Dion (June 25, Aug. 1), Radiohead (July 4-5), Linkin Park (July 7) and Blink-182 (July 14) and others are affected.

Radiohead will instead play  on July 4. Tickets can be swapped or refunded. The first two gigs as yet unaffected are John Legend (Sept. 16), followed by  (Sept. 25).