Statement following the Manchester Arena incident

After the tragic events at Manchester Arena last night, the team at The Bridgewater Hall are aware of the heightened level of threat against venues across the country.

This evening’s performance featuring Simple Minds will proceed as planned. The main doors to the building will open at 5.00pm.

Please continue to consult The Bridgewater Hall website for additional updates as they become available. Patrons should plan for additional travel time to attend the performance and to allow for additional security checks.

Management are in communication with Police and relevant authorities and are continually reviewing our security and safety procedures. 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of anyone associated with the Manchester Arena incident.

Statement from Simple Minds (click here for original)


12 hours after the initial news came through from Manchester last night, the shock and numbness of it all is still as strong. 
Perhaps even more so this morning.

Our profound sympathy goes out to all touched by this horrific event.

In situations like this it is more than difficult to find appropriate words and actions. It all comes down to a feeling.

And speaking as we did this morning, to all involved with Simple Minds. Including band, crew, management etc. the feeling in our group was entirely unanimous.

More than ever, we all want to go out tonight and play our music.

Jim Kerr


Road closures from 5.00pm 23 May 2017 (click to view original).

  • Road Closures from 5pm 23rd May (click to view original)

Statement from Greater Manchester Police (click to view original).

  • GMP statement (click to view original)