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Kings of Leon forced to cancel Manchester Arena gig 

US rock band Kings of Leon has cancelled its upcoming gig at the Manchester Arena due to the venue remaining closed following last month’s terror attack.

The band was set to perform on Friday, however the venue’s website confirmed the cancellation in a statement.

The venue has remained closed since 22 people were killed and dozens more were left injured after a bomb attack at the Manchester Arena on May 22 following the conclusion of pop star Ariana Grande’s concert.

A full refund is being offered to ticket holders for the Kings of Leon gig and fans have been advised to contact their point of purchase for more information.

Fans still have the opportunity to see Kings of Leon perform the following day at the band’s Sheffield Arena show. Those with tickets to the Manchester gig are being given the opportunity to re-book tickets with no booking fees.

The statement from Manchester Arena management said: “Following last month’s tragic incident and the subsequent temporary closure of the main area outside the venue, Manchester Arena has no other option than to cancel this Friday’s Kings of Leon show.

“We apologise for not being able to stage this event and the inconvenience caused to our customers.”

The venue has not released any information on when it is due to reopen.

Since the attack, other events that have been cancelled include Kiss and the WWE NXT wrestling show. In addition, Take That opted to postpone and relocate three of its planned shows at the arena to a one-night event at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium on June 18.

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