live music manchester

Dear Manchester

This morning the world is waking up to the devastating news of what occurred last night in MEN arena at the end of an Ariana Grande concert.

Music always has and always will be a form of escapism, an alternative to dealing with the horrors and hardships of the real world - a safe place. Nobody should ever go out to watch their favourite band or artist and not make it home. No performer should ever have to feel the responsibility of something like this. 

As someone who works in a music venue, the events that took place last night really hit home. The venue I work in is my safe place, a second home, my work colleagues - a second family. We watch hundreds of people walk into our building every week in awe, so excited about the next couple of hours when they know they can let loose and have fun. Night after night my colleagues and I work hard to provide a safe and comfortable environment for people of all ages to enjoy, we’re often the first and only point of contact if you have an issue. There’s a whole team of dedicated staff members who run around that safe place losing their tiny minds solving small problems, reacting to emergencies and sharing jokes over the radio and last night that was someone else’s safe place, someone else’s emergency, someone else’s second family. 

Whilst we’re heartbroken over last night’s incident, now is not the time to start fighting. Let’s not look for others to blame, it is not the fault of a whole race, religion or country, it’s not the venue at fault, nor is it the security, venue staff or Ariana Grande’s fault. 

The news of security and venue staff saving lives last night, the footage of emergency services rushing to the scene to save lives and the endless messages online from people in Manchester offering spare sofas and beds to any stranded gig goers… those are the glimmers of hope in humanity that were and are, very much needed in moments like these. 

Our hearts go out to the families of those fans that never made it home, to those injured and all members of staff who were affected last night. Knowing that this was the first experience of a live music gig for so many young music fans is devastating, I sincerely hope for those still here that it won’t be their last. Please keep sharing photos of lost ones, please check that news articles are legitimate before sharing, please don’t complain if Ariana Grande cancels her remaining shows and takes time off, please don’t encourage fear or hate and please don’t give up on live music. 

Manchester, we are with you. 


                                         Written by Aimee Thompson

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Liam Gallagher and Coldplay - Live Forever (One Love Manchester)

Maybe I don’t really wanna know
How your garden grows
‘Cause I just wanna fly
Lately did you ever feel the pain
In the morning rain
As it soaks you to the bone

Maybe I just wanna fly
Want to live I don’t wanna die
Maybe I just wanna breathe
Maybe I just don’t believe
Maybe you’re the same as me
We see things they’ll never see
You and I are gonna live forever

I said, maybe I don’t really wanna know
How your garden grows
'Cause I just wanna fly
Lately did you ever feel the pain
In the morning rain
As it soaks you to the bone

Maybe I will never be
All the things that I wanna be
Now is not the time to cry
Now’s the time to find out why
I think you’re the same as me
We see things they’ll never see
You and I are gonna live forever

Maybe I don’t really wanna know
How your garden grows
'Cause I just wanna fly
Lately did you ever feel the pain
In the morning rain
As it soaks you to the bone

Maybe I just wanna fly
Want to live I don’t wanna die
Maybe I just wanna breathe
Maybe I just don’t believe
Maybe you’re the same as me
We see things they’ll never see
You and I are gonna live forever

Gonna live forever [5x]

05/06/2017