Following Attack at Ariana Grande Show, Brent Cobb’s Manchester Concert Will Go on as Planned
Despite Monday night's (May 22) incident outside of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester, England, Brent Cobb's show in Manchester, scheduled for Tuesday night (May 23), will go on as planned. The rising artist announced the news, and shared his reasoning for the decision, on social media on Tuesday morning.
In his post, Cobb explains that he and his crew have decided to keep their plans to perform at the Deaf Institute in Manchester because, "while we do not want to be insensitive to your tragedy, we also refuse to let terrorism win." On its Facebook page, the venue confirms the news, extending sympathy to those affected but explaining that shows will be held as scheduled "in support of Manchester, the City leadership and the Chief Constable of Manchester."
The Deaf Institute's Facebook post notes that management and security are communicating with police and other authorities to ensure the safety of concertgoers. Cobb, for his part, adds, "Our hearts break for your loss, and we will be there with you tonight to morn and help heal."
Just minutes after Grande's concert at Manchester Arena concluded on Monday night, a bomb of some sort was detonated outside of the venue, killing at least 22 people and injuring at least 59 people. The New York Post reports that extremist terrorist group ISIS has taken responsibility for the attack, issuing a statement on its social media channels. The person who set off the device died in the attack, but Greater Manchester Police have also arrested an unnamed 23-year-old man in South Manchester in connection with the incident.
Cobb released his major-label debut record, Shine on Rainy Day, in October; the project was produced by his cousin, Grammy Awards-winning producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell), and was recorded live over four days in Nashville. This year, Cobb will tour with Chris Stapleton on Stapleton’s All-American Road Show and open several shows for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill‘s Soul2Soul Tour.
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