Manchester Arena marks 25th anniversary with virtual gig for charity

Manchester Arena gig

Manchester Arena is one of the busiest venues in the world and the largest indoor arena in Europe, attracting over one million visitors each year.

This July marks the 25th anniversary of the arena. To celebrate, they’re creating a show reel of entertainment honouring the acts and performers who have played a role in their 25-year history – and you can watch it from your sofa.

The pre-recorded streamed event will include performances by Alice Cooper, Badly Drawn Boy, Tim Burgess, Clint Boon, Dionne Bromfield, Emeli Sande, Everything Everything, The Hoosiers, Kelli-Leigh, Kodaline, Lionel Richie, Pixie Lott, The Slow Readers Club and more.

And the quarter century milestone event will raise money for partner charities The Booth Centre, The Christie, Forever Manchester and Nordoff Robbins.

The Booth Centre is a community centre run with and for people affected by homelessness, providing a warm welcome, an opportunity to belong, to gain a purpose and rebuild lives, and Manchester’s The Christie is an international leader in cancer treatment and research.

Forever Manchester has delivered over £39 million worth of community funding across Greater Manchester over the last 30 years, benefiting 1.1 million people, while Nordoff Robbins is the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK, dedicated to enriching the lives of people affected by life limiting illness, isolation or disability.

Each charity will receive 25% of the money raised.

“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 enjoy the celebrations without leaving the house,” says James Allen, general manager of Manchester Arena.

The pre-recorded streamed event will “go live” across the arena’s social media channels at 8pm on Friday 17th July, and charity donations are open now.

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Manchester is a successful city, but there are many people that suffer. The I Love MCR Foundation helps raise vital funds to help improve the lives and prospects of people and communities across Greater Manchester – and we can’t do it without your help. So please donate or fundraise what you can because investing in your local community to help it thrive can be a massively rewarding experience. Thank you in advance!

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