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A weekend of huge events in Manchester are set to go ahead as planned

Following the tragic events of last night’s attack at Manchester Arena, several authorities have made statements in regards to whether or not their events will go ahead as planned in the next few days. With a weekend packed full of some of the biggest events of the year in the mourning city, we can only admire the strength and solidarity of the Mancunians and all the emergency service teams that came out in their hundreds to help on Monday night.

Dot To Dot have announced the festival will take place as planned on Friday, with the day seeing live music be played across some of Manchester’s best small venues, DHP have released a statement regarding the event. 

“DHP Family has been in touch today with Counter Terrorism Security Adviser at GMP Counter Terrorism Branch and discussed the Dot to Dot Festival in Manchester this weekend.  In solidarity with the resilience of the amazing people of Manchester and the power of live music, Dot to Dot Manchester will be going ahead.

Dot to Dot is a festival about bringing people together and enjoying a day out watching live music and having fun. We have taken stock and thought deeply about whether it’s appropriate for us to go ahead in the light of what’s happened – and we have decided we will hold the event. We can’t forget what’s happened, but we don’t want to let fear and hate stop us.

Following the CTSA advice, we are reviewing our existing plan and expect to increase number of searches on entry. We would ask customers not to bring bags unless absolutely unavoidable and be patient and cooperative with our security staff. We will continue to liaise with Counter Terrorism Police contacts and the hosting venues in the run up to the Dot to Dot festival and should any further advice be issued we will of course be taking that on board and taking the appropriate steps.”

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The Courteeners sold out show to a crowd of 50,000 at Old Trafford this Saturday will continue to take place as planned. The hometown gig, in which the quartet see support from Manchester based bands The Charlatans, Blossoms and Cabbage, will go ahead with extra security checks in place at the venue. Fans are being advised to allow extra time for these checks, and to avoid bringing bags with them as everyone will receive a thorough search. Flares, pyros and smoke cannisters will not be allowed into the venue. 

The Courteeners tweeted their support;

 Love & prayers to all families affected by last nights tragic events. We can confirm Saturday’s show will go ahead as planned. One Love x”.

Whist frontman Liam Fray tweeted an emotional message to his hometown; 

“Togetherness, community and spirit course through the veins and flood the streets of this city. 

I see it every day since I’ve been old enough to realise what compassion and empathy are. 

Last night we witnessed it at a level we thought we’d never have to. In tragic circumstances, Manchester stood together. Because that’s what we do. 

Homes offered, rides home given, an outpouring of live…Grief shared. 

This will hurt. For a long time.

But as you walk around town try not to bow your head. Look up to the skies.”

Venue owners, Lancashire Country Cricket Club have said;

“Firstly, our thoughts are with the victims, the injured and the loved ones from last night’s incident. 

We have been working closely with the bands, the promoter, the police and other authorities with regards to the planning for the Courteeners concert here on Saturday 27 May. 

Following advice and guidance from all parties we can confirm that Saturday’s sell-out concert will be going ahead as planned.”

Alongside a statement issued from SJM Concerts; 

“We work tirelessly with the statutory authorities, police, medics and venues to continually update safety procedures at all our concerts.

We, along with the rest of the Safety Advisory Group, are confident the relevant safety and security checks will be in place on Saturday at Emirates Old Trafford for a safe and enjoyable concert. 

With 50,000 music fans embracing the legendary spirit of Manchester music we feel this concert may just be what the city needs right now.

Courteeners fans are vocal, demonstrative and passionate. Many times this has been celebrated with flares, pyro and smoke canisters. Given that nerves will be heightened on Saturday please do not bring any form of pyro to this gig. 

Love and respect your fellow audience members, the stewards and the police, many of who worked through the night after Monday’s concert.”

The Great Manchester Run on is scheduled for this Sunday, an event which attracted 35,000 last year. The CityGames which was scheduled for Friday evening will go ahead as planned, with the run on Sunday expected to be confirmed within the next 24 hours. Organisers have released the following statement;

“Following consultation with Greater Manchester Police and Manchester City Council, we can confirm that the Arcadis Great CityGames scheduled for the evening of Friday 26th May will be staged as planned.

Installation work for the event, which takes place on Deansgate, will commence on the evening of Tuesday 23rd May, continuing over the course of the week.

A decision regarding the staging of the Great Manchester Run, due to be staged on Sunday 28th May, is expected in the next 24 hours.

We will update you as soon as we can and we appreciate your understanding and patience.”

Further down the line, Parklike is also set to go ahead on the 10th and 11th June, with a crowd of around 65,000 and a weekend packed full of the worlds best music artists flocking to Heaton Park. Authorities have said;

“For the next 48 hours our social media activity will be silent in sympathy with all those that lost their lives or were injured, physically and/or mentally, by the devastating attack in Manchester last night. Our thoughts are with those affected as well as the emergency services working tirelessly to keep us safe in all that we do. 

Parklife will go ahead as planned, and we are continually liaising with the security and local police to ensure the safety of our customers. We are certain we will not be defeated by such cowardice.”

With all the terror and devastation in the great, thriving city, the people of Manchester will not let the hate defeat them. With an outpouring of support and love from around the world, the city can only try to rebuild and stand together throughout this difficult time for so many.

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