Manchester arena to host special 25th anniversary gig

Some of the biggest names in music will be performing in your living room!

Manchester Arena are set to celebrate their 25th birthday in socially distanced style. Gig-goers may not be able to get together as they have done since the venue first opened back in 1995, but that isn’t stopping them from putting on a show.

Instead, some of music’s most famous names will be performing a 25th anniversary concert to be beamed right to your living room.

General Manager James Allen, said: “Our 25th anniversary celebrations were set to be very special indeed, however during this period of pause, we have adapted the format to ensure that we can deliver an evening of top quality entertainment to your home, so everyone can share in the celebrations without leaving the house.”

The special concert takes place on Friday 17th June and will raise money for four charities: The Booth Centre, The Christie, Forever Manchester and Nordoff Robbins. Each charity will receive a quarter of the proceeds raised. Viewers can donate here.

Who's going to be there?

Performers in the 25th anniversary concert include: Alice Cooper, Badly Drawn Boy, Emeli Sandé, Everything Everything, Lionel Richie and Tim Burgess from Manchester’s very own The Charlatans.

You can check out a trailer released by Manchester Arena for the gig featuring a message from Hello singer Lionel Richie here!

Manchester Arena lineup

The 25th anniversary lineup / Image: Twitter.

How can I watch the concert?

The pre-recorded concert will be streamed across Manchester Arena's social media channels at 8pm on Friday, July 17th.