Ariana Grande landed back in the UK this morning as she prepares to headline Sunday’s One Love Manchester benefit concert to honour and raise funds for the victims and families affected by the recent attacks. To be held at Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground, all 45,000 tickets sold out only six minutes after going on sale yesterday morning.
All net ticket proceeds from the show will go towards the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, which was set up by the city council shortly after the attack in partnership with the British Red Cross. Fans who were at the Manchester show on Monday have been offered free tickets to the concert.
Ariana is bringing a star-studded line-up along with her, with Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Usher, Take That, Niall Horan, Black Eyed Peas, Robbie Williams and Little Mix all performing.
The concert will be broadcast on BBC Television, and on BBC Radio and Capital Radio Networks. The BBC will be the host broadcaster for international television networks. The show will also be streamed with a digital partner worldwide, to be announced soon.
Ariana Grande said, in an open letter posted on her social media accounts, “My heart, prayers and condolences are with the victims of the Manchester Attack and their loved ones. There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are feeling or to make this better. However, I extend my hand and heart and everything I possibly can give to you and yours, should you want or need my help in any way.”
She continued, “We will not quit or operate in fear. We won’t let this divide us. We won’t let hate win… Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before.”
“Music is meant to heal us, to bring us together, to make us happy. So that is what it will continue to do for us. We will continue to honour the ones we lost, their loved ones, my fans and all affected by this tragedy. They will be on my mind and in my heart everyday and I will think of them with everything I do for the rest of my life."
The attack – which took place after Ariana’s Dangerous Woman concert at Manchester Arena on Monday May 22 – killed 22 people, seven of whom were children, and injured hundreds of others.
Ariana Grande and the organisers of the One Love Manchester concert would like to thank:
- Greater Manchester Police and all the emergency services
- Manchester City Council
- Trafford Council
- Transport for Greater Manchester
- Manchester United, the Michael Carrick Foundation and Michael Carrick in particular, as the kick off for his testimonial match has been moved to accommodate the concert
- Live Nation, who are underwriting the cost of the event and producing it through Festival Republic in association with SJM Concerts
- Lancashire Country Cricket Club and Emirates Old Trafford, who are hosting the event
Click here to donate to the We Love Manchester Emergency fund