One Love Manchester: The Ariana Grande’s Benefit Concert

Ariana Grande (Cr: Jill Greenberg/FOX)

Ariana Garnde’s benefit concert held in the wake of the Manchester attack turned into a night of unity, healing and joy for 50,000 music fans.

The all-star show was held to remember the victims of the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert on 22 May.

Despite the circumstances, a celebratory atmosphere prevailed as Grande herself returned to the stage.

Grande performed Don’t Dream It’s Over with Miley Cyrus
Katy Perry asked the crowd to reach out to the person next to them

She told the crowd: “I want to thank you for coming together and being so loving and strong and unified.”

She added: “I love you guys so much, and I think that the kind of love and unity that you’re displaying is the medicine that the world really needs right now.”

Justin Bieber asked everyone to raise their hands in honour of the victims
Many crowd members showed their pride in their city

Visibly moved at times, the 23-year-old US singer performed with Miley Cyrus and the Black Eyed Peas, while other highlights were provided by Katy Perry, Coldplay, Robbie Williams, Liam Gallagher and Justin Bieber.

Coldplay’s Chris Martin joined Liam Gallagher on Live Forever
Armed police guarded the event

It wasn’t just the fans who got into the spirit of the show. Police officers danced, medics sang along and one lively steward encouraged the crowd to clap and dance.

The concert was beamed and streamed around the world
Robbie Williams changed the lyrics to his song Strong to refer to Manchester

Organisers said the night had raised £2m for victims and families through text and online donations, taking the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund’s total to more than £10m.

On Saturday, Grande announced she is re-releasing her song One Last Time, with proceeds going towards the campaign.

Source: BBC


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