Musicians rally around Manchester

Following on from the mindless events in Manchester, the music industry has shown its support with a fund now set up by the British Red Cross - learn how to donate.

Skiddle Staff

Date published: 24th May 2017

The shocking events that took place in Manchester on Monday 22nd May 2017 are still sending seismic shock waves throughout the UK. What remains is the human spirit's unshakable reaction to adversity, with the people of Manchester rallying like never before in a sign of defiance.

This has been particularly emphasised by the music industry, mirroring the aftermath of the shocking attack during Eagles of Death Metal's show at the Bataclan, Paris. Many took to twitter to express their condolences, including Rihanna, Harry Styles and one of the city's most famous sons, Liam Gallagher.


Legendary Smiths guitarist Jonny Marr, also from the city, struck a more defiant tone by simply stating "Manchester stands together". And whilst many artists cancelled their shows as a mark of respect, a number have vowed to continue and not be cowed by the actions of terrorists.

The Courteeners played their show in Halifax, with frontman Liam Fray offering a touching tribute (below), with many events insisting they will take place. These includes a slew of festivals, with those confirming their desire to be fearless in the face of terrorism numbering Parklife, Liverpool Sound CityDownloadCreamfieldsReading and Leeds, and Latitude.

There has since been a We Love Manchester Emergency Fund set up by the British Red Cross Society, which to date has raised close to a million pounds. It aims to support those directly affected by the tragedy - you can donate to it here.