Yesterday, reports of an Ariana Grande Manchester benefit concert had gone out, as the “Dangerous Woman” singer is planning to host a special show to raise funds for the victims of this week’s tragic bombing incident. Now, it appears that Grande will be back in Manchester sooner than expected, as details are now emerging regarding the benefit show, when it may be scheduled, and what fans could expect from the event.
As of this writing, the suicide bombing that took place during Ariana Grande’s Manchester show on Monday has killed 22 people and injured over a hundred other concertgoers, according to a report from Reuters. This had forced the 23-year-old singer to cancel multiple dates through June 5, including a concert scheduled to take place in London. But seeing how many innocent people were killed or injured at an event where people were supposed to be having the time of their lives, Grande took to Instagram on Friday to pen an open letter to her fans and confirm that she will soon be back in Manchester to hold a benefit show.
“I’ll be returning to the incredibly brave city of Manchester to spend time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honor of and to raise money for the victims and their families…. I will have details to share with you as soon as everything is confirmed.”
Reuters noted that at the time of the post, details of the Ariana Grande Manchester benefit had yet to be ironed out. But a new report from TMZ now gives fans a clearer picture of what to look forward to and when the “star-studded” concert may be held.
TMZ cited unnamed “sources familiar with the plans,” writing earlier today that Grande will be headlining a major show in Manchester “a week from Sunday,” meaning on June 4, should the sources’ information be accurate. Together with her manager Scooter Braun, Ariana is also “reaching out to some of the biggest names in music” as well as to some of her closest friends in the industry and convincing them to take part in the benefit concert.
At the moment, it still isn’t sure which performers in specific will be booked for the Ariana Grande Manchester benefit concert, but TMZ added that the show will be taking place at “one of the four big arenas” in the U.K. city, but not the Manchester Arena, which is where Monday’s terrorist attack took place. Live Nation will be in charge of production, with proceeds of the concert going to the Manchester bombing victims and their families.
It’s still too early to speculate on a set list or a list of songs to expect at the show, but BBC News wrote yesterday that the 2015 song “One Last Time” made an unlikely return to the U.K.’s Official Singles Charts at No. 11, and topped the country’s iTunes charts as well. This comes after fans launched a campaign to get the song, which Ariana performed during Monday’s ill-fated concert, to the top of U.K.’s official charts.
. @ArianaGrande you are a class act and your response is truly moving. John Barrowman MBE
— John Barrowman MBE (@JohnBarrowman) May 26, 2017
we will not quit. we won't let this divide us. we won't let hate win -ariana grande.
— ㅤ (@explicitlyag) May 26, 2017
As the Inquisitr reported yesterday, the Manchester attack effectively put an end to Grande’s “Dangerous Woman Tour,” as the singer was back home in Florida following the bombing. It isn’t sure either if or when the tour would resume. But with the Ariana Grande Manchester benefit gaining traction, and reports pointing to more concrete details regarding the concert, this underscores a key point Ariana made in yesterday’s open letter — she’s not willing to let such a hateful act divide her fans and the world in general.
“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.”
The Independent also wrote that Grande, shortly after publishing the open letter, sent out a link to a Manchester Evening News fundraiser, which has earned over £1.76 million out of its £2 million target.
With the Ariana Grande Manchester benefit concert reportedly having a set date, a potentially “star-studded” list of performers, and multiple options for venues, who else would you want to see performing at the event?
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