Wednesday 22 November 2017

Electric Picnic and Longitude join UK festivals in social media blackout for Manchester attack victims

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A sign that reads "We Love MCR" is displayed in solidarity above a street in central Manchester, northwest England on May 23, 2017 following a deadly terror attack at a concert at the Manchester Arena the night before. AFP PHOTO
A sign saying 'Ariana we love you' is left in the street on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Sasha Brady

Some Irish music festivals have joined UK music festivals in holding a social media blackout as a mark of respect for the Manchester terror attack victims.

Electric Picnic and Longitude join UK festivals such as Reading and Leeds, Latitude and Download festival for the 48-hour social media blackout.

No posts will be made on their social media channels, including Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, until Thursday morning when normal updates will resume.

The music world has been rocked after 22 people were killed and 59 injured at the Manchester Arena on Monday night.

A sign saying 'Ariana we love you' is left in the street on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
A sign saying 'Ariana we love you' is left in the street on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

The venue had been hosting pop musician Ariana Grande on a stop for her Dangerous Woman international tour when a suicide bombing shook the building just as the show was ending.

Concertgoers, mainly children and teenage girls, fled the concert in what appeared to be one of the deadliest terror attacks on UK soil since the 2005 London transit bombings.

Take That cancelled Wonderland tour at the Liverpool Echo Arena on Tuesday evening and they have postponed their home town gigs in Manchester Arena that were booked for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Grande announced this morning that she has postponed the rest of her European tour.

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