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Rick Astley to play free show at Manchester Arena

The star will perform for all NHS frontline, primary care workers and all blue light staff.

Rick Astley is set to perform a free concert later this year for all frontline NHS staff, primary care workers, plus the emergency services including ambulance, fire brigade and police across the United Kingdom

Performing career-spanning set, he’ll take to the stage at Manchester Arena on Wednesday 28 October 2020.

Astley comments: “Our NHS and emergency services are amazing. This concert is a thank you to all those fantastic frontline staff. I promise my band and I will give it everything to give you a great night out.”


Who’s eligible for free Rick Astley tickets

Ticket applications must only be made by the eligible frontline staff (NHS staff, primary care staff and emergency services) who must bring their valid staff ID card (original format, no photocopies) to the show, as ticket checks will be in operation.

All tickets will carry the name of the person who made the booking, and this must match the name that is on the original ID card or admission will be refused. The guest of the eligible staff member will need to present and enter the venue at the same time.

Tickets will be limited to 2 per person (eligible NHS, primary care and emergency service staff members, plus one guest)


A huge live draw, Rick has sold over 100,000 tickets for his headline shows since the release of his 2016 album 50, and last year the musician performed in front of over 500,000 people as a special guest on Take That’s mammoth stadium tour.

Since breaking through in the 1980s, the performer has celebrated huge success with tracks such as Whenever You Need Somebody, Together Forever, and Never Gonna Give You Up.

Rick is also well known for introducing a wide range of covers into his sets, such as AC/DC’s Highway To Hell and Calvin Harris and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s Giant.

Free tickets for Rick Astley’s forthcoming show at Manchester Arena will be available to those who are eligible from 19:00 on Thursday 2 April 2020. Grab them through Ticketmaster.co.uk.

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