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Manchester Bombing: The 1975's Matty Healy Launches Impassioned On-Stage Speech On Attacks

'All these regressive things, they’re over.'

23/05/2017 17:35 | Updated 23 May 2017

The 1975 frontman Matt Healy delivered an impassioned speech as he lamented the Manchester bombing on stage in Detroit. 

The singer was enraged at the attack at the Manchester M.E.N. Arena, which saw 22 people killed and 59 injured after a bomb went off at an Ariana Grande concert on Monday (22 May) night. 

Taking to the stage in Detroit just hours after the bombing, Matt, who grew up in Greater Manchester, raged against religion and nationalism.  

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Matt Healy of The 1975 spoke of the Manchester bombing on stage in Detroit

Speaking to the crowd as he paced across the stage, he said: “I’m f***ed off. I’m bored of nationalism and I’m bored of racism.”

“It’s over. Nationalism, religion, all these regressive things, they’re over. We can’t carry on in the way that we’re carrying on.

“We’re from Manchester and where we used to hang out, the actual place where we used to hang out, someone put a bomb in there tonight and then killed a bunch of kids that were going to a f***ing show.”

Matt - the son of actors Denise Welch and Tim Healy - continued: “I don’t need to be educated on fucking anything to say that that is bullshit.

“I don’t know what it’s in the name of, so I apologise if it’s not in the name of religion or nationalism, but these are things that keep happening and I’m fucking pissed off about it.”

Ariana Grande said she was “broken” in a tweet posted in the early hours of Tuesday morning following the attack, adding: “From the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.”

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Fans were at an Ariana Grande concert when the attack happened

She has since reportedly postponed the European leg of her world tour “indefinitely”.

‘Coronation Street’ actresses Sally Dyvenor and Connie Hyde were also praised for the way they dealt with comments from Piers Morgan, after they appeared on the ITV breakfast show in the wake of the attack. 

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