Noel Gallagher gets hug from mum Peggy as he prepares for We Are Manchester benefit gig
As Manchester Arena open its doors for the first time in three months, there was one name that was counted on to headline the comeback concert.
Noel Gallagher touched down in his home city on Saturday to share his support, after his Oasis hit ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ became a symbol of Manchester’s resilient spirit in the aftermath of the terror attack.
The sell-out show will be the first event held at the venue since Salman Abedi’s bomb killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert in May.
As he prepares to perform for fans at the We Are Manchester benefit gig, Noel was greeted with a welcoming hug from his mum Peggy.
Dressed in a Stone Island jacket and smart black jeans, Noel, 50, appeared in a sombre mood as he headed in the Lowry Hotel ahead of his performance this evening.
A crowd of 14,000 is expected for show which will feature musical acts including The Courteeners, Blossoms and Rick Astley on the star-studded line-up.
Comedian Russell Kane will be hosting proceedings and described the event as ‘typical of the British spirit.’
The official Arena twitter account posted on Saturday: “Today’s the day – we can’t wait to welcome you back as together we say #WeAreManchester. See you all soon.”
Peter Kay was a last minute name added to the bill, after it was confirmed the TV funnyman will introduce headline act Noel.
Car Share star Peter, 44, from Bolton, worked at the arena as a steward in 1995.
After attending a city centre vigil, he said he was deeply affected by the tragedy: “The arena has always been a massive part of my life.
“I started working there when it first opened, then I started doing shows there.
“I know it so well, I know a lot of the staff, that’s what’s upset me the most about it.”
Noel’s brother Liam will not be in attendance at the gig, as he continues his solo tour in Madrid this evening.
The Oasis frontman performed at the One Love Manchester concert back in June, that was organised by pop star Ariana Grande.
The One More Time singer had played for fans at the M.E.N. arena before the deadly explosion.