Noel's huge Manchester relief fund donation confirmed

The organisers last weekend's record-breaking One Love Manchester have come to the defence Noel Gallagher after a wave criticism.

Noel has been chided by some — including even his own brother Liam — over his failure to turn up at the fundraising gig because he was out the country.

Oasis's 'Don't Look Back in Anger' has become an anthem for the people Manchester ever since the bombing in May, and there were initial reports that the Gallagher brothers would reunite on stage at One Love.

While only Liam actually performed in the end, organisers the concert are now staunchly defending Noel Gallagher from complaints.

"Sunday's concert was a huge success, and we are all dismayed that there is negativity aimed towards Noel Gallagher," promoters SB Projects, Live Nation, Festival Republic and SJM Concerts said in a joint statement.

"Neither Noel nor Oasis were ever going to perform. We were extremely pleased when, last week, Noel not only gave his blessing for us to use his songs, but also told us that he was donating his royalties from 'Don't Look Back In Anger' to the fund. Let's keep the positivity please. One Love Manchester."

'Don't Look Back in Anger' was still played by Coldplay's Chris Martin and Ariana Grande at Sunday's One Love Manchester concert, with Martin later publicly thanking Noel for letting him sing the track.

"Thank you @noelgallagher for giving your blessing and encouragement to play don't look back in anger and live forever on sunday," he wrote on Twitter.

"Everyone knew in advance you couldn't be there physically, so thank you for being there in spirit and for lending us those incredible songs."

Radio X DJ Gordon Smart first broke the news that Noel gave all royalties from 'Don't Look Back in Anger' to the families impacted by the Manchester tragedy even before the One Love concert was announced.

Watch Chris Martin and Ariana Grande's cover 'Don't Look Back In Anger' below:

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