A crowd in Manchester got together on Thursday at St. Ann’s Square for a memorial event honoring victims of the Manchester Arena bombing and ended up spontaneously chanting Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back In Anger.”
Goosebumps! The amazing moment Manchester crowd joins in with woman singing Oasis – Don’t Look Back in Anger after minutes silence pic.twitter.com/Cw4mOq8yde
— Josh Halliday (@JoshHalliday) May 25, 2017
About 400 Manchester citizens gathered around floral tributes in St. Ann’s Square to honor the victims of Monday’s terrorist attack. At 11 a.m., the city paused for a minute’s silence and, after the time passed and the crowd’s applause settled, a lone voice started to sing “Don’t Look Back in Anger.” Within seconds, the entire crowd joined the chorus of Oasis’ 1996 hit.
Lydia Bernsmeier-Rullow was identified as the voice that started the mass sing-along. “It’s a bit of a Manchester anthem, and so I started singing as I thought it would be a nice break to the silence… I was hoping people would join in,” she told ITV News. “It’s alright to feel anger, but don’t spend your whole life looking back at it. Anger and hate don’t win – love always wins,” she said.
Twenty-two people were killed and 64 injured on Monday in a suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena.
The Guardian correspondent Josh Halliday took the amazing moment on video and posted it to Twitter. The post soon became viral and was shared by thousands of users across the world, including Noel Gallagher, Oasis guitarist and writer and lead vocalist of the song.
❤️ Mancunians https://t.co/kkiofSq60q
— Noel Gallagher (@NoelGallagher) May 25, 2017
Twenty years after its release Oasis is back with this anthem
After the episode of St. Ann’s Square, the classic of one of the most important bands of Manchester has adopted as an anthem of unity a togetherness.
“Don’t Look Back In Anger” has entered the charts once again, now sitting at No. 66 on the iTunes chart – which is topped by Ariana Grande herself with her single “One Last Time.”
The song was included on the band’s classic 1995 album ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?’ and was released as the fourth single in 1996. Following its release, it went straight to number one in the UK and Ireland and was the 10th biggest selling single that year.
Oasis split up in 2009. They remain to be one of the most symbolic groups of the 1990s and the Britpop movement.
Liam Gallagher announced a benefit concert for the attack victims
On Friday morning, Oasis ex-singer Liam Gallagher announced a surprise tour to promote his first solo album ‘As You Were,’ set to be released in October.
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) May 26, 2017
The first gig of the tour will take place at the O2 Ritz in Manchester on Tuesday, May 30. The singer announced that he will donate the money raised to the Manchester Evening News’ British Red Cross Appeal, set up to help families and relatives of victims of the terror attack.
“I want to try and help pick people up. People like me, doing what we do, it’s our duty to give people a good time,” the musician said in a statement.
He also shared that he will be playing Oasis songs. “Some at the beginning, some in the middle and some at the end,” he said.
The morning after the attack, Gallagher sent a tweet with his condolences to those affected.
In total shock and absolutely devastated about what’s gone down in MANCHESTER sending Love and Light to all the family’s involved LG x
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) May 23, 2017