Author Topic: Bono contacted to help put on benefit concert for Manchester Arena victims  (Read 852 times)

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The father of the youngest victim of the Manchester Arena bomb, which was a year ago tomorrow, has spoken to the BBC advising that he's contacted Guy Oseary and also Coldplay and Ed Sheeran's managers looking to stage a benefit concert at Manchester's Old Trafford cricket ground on 19 August.

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Don't know what the chances of the concert coming off is likely to be.




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The father of Saffie Roussos (one of the Manchester arena victims) has sent out a second plea for artists to play at Old Trafford in Manchester on 19 August.  He has the support of Andy Burnham, Metropolitan Mayor of Manchester (and ex UK Culture Secretary in the Blair/Brown Labour government)

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The argument is that the music industry should come together for the Manchester families in a 'Live Aid' way, because footballers rallied round families following the Hillsborough stadium disaster in 1989.

It appears that many artists (including U2) have not responded or firmly agreed to take part.  The article does mention One Love Manchester which took place soon after the Arena bombing and brought together a number of artists from Robbie Williams to Liam Gallagher to Mumford & Sons and also Katy Perry and Ariana Grande of course.

Is there really the appetite for a second high profile concert within the music industry?  Why would the father of the victim have gone for high profile artists rather than showcasing more local and regional talent on a national or international scale?
Is it because there has been a significant atrocity at a music venue where news has spread around the globe, that it is presumed that a large scale international response would be required for the music industry to provide in Manchester?  Is the Metropolitan Mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham, stirring up the political agenda or is this from his heart?

(Mods - please feel free to move this to General Music News as it's not just about U2/Bono.  Ed Sheeran and Coldplay are also cited in the article)
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