Manchester Arena announce 25th anniversary virtual gig starring Alice Cooper, Lionel Richie and Tim Burgess

Manchester Arena is celebrating its 25th birthday with a massive online gig – with proceeds going to a range of charities across the city.

Alice Cooper, Badly Drawn Boy, Tim Burgess, Clint Boon, Everything Everything, The Hoosiers, Lionel Richie, Pixie Lott and Slow Readers Club will all star on the show – which is being beamed out via screens on Friday 17 July.

Kodaline, Dionne Bromfield, Emeli Sande and Kelli-Leigh will also be making appearances during the gig.

Donations raised will be split evenly between homeless support site The Booth Centre, cancer centre The Christie, community charity Forever Manchester and music therapy organisation Nordoff Robbins – all of which provide essential services in the Greater Manchester region.

The gig, held in collaboration with Future Agency, is set to celebrate the Arena’s vital role as a live music hub in Manchester for quarter of a century.

James Allen, General Manager of Manchester Arena, commented: “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.”

Radio presenter Abbie McCarthy added: “It’s fantastic to have so many talented artists on one bill, all pulling together to celebrate 25 years of Manchester’s arena and to raise money for such brilliant causes.

“I want people to get the drinks in and enjoy a great night of music!”

More information is available on the Manchester Arena website.

Donations are being accepted online now via: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ManchesterArena.

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