Manchester 22/05/17

Image Credit: Manchester Evening News

I love Manchester and I have called it my home for 22 years – all my life.

Yesterday when the first news reports were breaking, I didn’t want to believe it. But as more information started coming in, I was in shock and truly saddened. Like many people have said, you never think it is going to happen in your city, so close to you.

I live about 15 minutes walk from Manchester Arena. When I am feeling lazy and I decide to take the bus, it passes Victoria station and the Arena so that area is so familiar to me. I have enjoyed many concerts there over the years – Placebo, Bring Me The Horizon, 5 Seconds of Summer, Taylor Swift and One Direction. Concerts are one of my favourite things ever, and it’s sad that people will feel more apprehensive about going to enjoy their favourite artists/bands.

I had BBC news on throughout the night until around 3am, it was a very scary time. I could hear the helicopters circulating overhead. There was confusion and lack of information when reports of an incident started coming in. It was so heartbreaking to find out that there were so many fatalities and injuries.

I attended the vigil held in front of Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, with my friend, Fatima. I have never experienced anything like this before – so many people packed out the square to show support. Although we couldn’t see anything, we could hear and we could feel. There was applause and thanks for the amazing emergency services. There was a moving poem by the poet Tony Walsh. There was a silence to remember those we lost. When there was applause and cheers of “Manchester!” – we could feel the love and the solidarity of the people of Manchester.

It has been a horrible two days. It really reminds you of how important your family and friends are. My thoughts are with all those who were affected. Stay strong Manchester.

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One Direction @ Manchester Arena ~ 4th October 2015

Didn’t know what to expect when my friend invited me along to a One Direction concert. I did enjoy many songs by them but I’d never heard their album ‘Four’ before in full. I was quite excited, I knew that this was one of their last tours before their extended hiatus.

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We got to the venue before doors opened so we had a little wait outside, we were one of the first in so we went to buy merchandise. I bought a programme and a t-shirt. Then we went to our seats which were very good, we were on the floor, just to the right of the runway. I noticed how HD the big screens were at the front. We were treated to music videos from 5sos, McBusted and Olly Murs.

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5 Seconds of Summer @ Manchester Arena ~ 9th June 2015

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I waited so long for this concert ><. Me, my sister and a best friend made an event out of buying tickets – which went on sale a year in advance of the concert. We were hoping to buy pre-sale tickets, which we did end up getting after much stress. At first the website said the server had reached full capacity, so we weren’t able to get on the site! We finally did, but standing had already sold out. We’d never been to Manchester Arena before so we had no idea what the seating layout would be. So we ended up debating about which choice of seating was the best. Fortunately when the day came, the tickets we bought gave us quite good views, even though we were quite high up.

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1 year later

The day of the concert was very exciting. It was my first time in Manchester Arena and first time seeing one of my newest favourite bands – 5 Seconds of Summer. Me and my sister got and our two childhood best friends got a lift off their mum. We drove past the venue around 6pm, there was a big queue building up around one entrance. So we decided to take a trip to the supermarket first to avoid queueing for a long time. When we came back there were still quite a lot of people entering the arena. The security were really nice at this venue, very jolly whilst scanning our tickets.

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