Noel Gallagher, Pixie Lott and Peter Kay were among those who appeared at the celebration of the city’s spirit

Manchester Arena has reopened with a charity concert to raise money for a memorial to the 22 people killed in a suicide attack on 22 May. About 14,000 people, including a number of survivors and bereaved relatives, packed into the venue last night to hear an eclectic lineup topped by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

The Oasis star was joined by other Mancunian musicians, including the Courteeners, grime act Bugzy Malone and indie band Blossoms, from nearby Stockport. The somewhat confusing programme also included a turn from Rick Astley, who deviated from his 1980s hits with a cover of Everlong by Foo Fighters. Former Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle and Pixie Lott were also in attendance.

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