Ariana Grande will be joined by guests Justin Bieber, Usher, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell, Katy Perry, Take That, and Niall Horan for a benefit concert at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground on Sunday (June 4) for victims of the recent Manchester Arena terror attack in the UK.
There is speculation Oasis may reform for the concert.
All net proceeds from the “One Love” Manchester tribute show will raise money for those affected by the blast.
Funds will go through the “We Love Manchester” emergency fund, which was set up by Manchester City Council and the British Red Cross.
Grande is offering free tickets to fans who attended her Manchester Arena show when the terrorist attack took place on May 22.
Tickets for the tribute event go on sale on Thursday, with prices still to be announced. Those attending are asked not to bring bags.
The Old Trafford Cricket Ground has a 50,000 capacity. The benefit concert will be broadcast on BBC One, BBC Radio, and Capital Radio.
More artists are set to be announced.
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) May 30, 2017
On Tuesday, Grande tweeted details of the concert with artwork of One Love logo, which features her “brand’s” bunny ears.
Her manager, Scooter Braun, also tweeted, “We stand with you.”
Some of the artists who will be performing also shared the same post on their socials. These included Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Niall Horan, Take That, and more. Others, such as Coldplay retweeted Ariana’s concert tweet.
However, some people are not excited about the event. Speaking to BBC Radio Manchester on Tuesday, Greater Manchester Police chief constable Ian Hopkins said some families thought it would be too much.
“When the idea of the concert came up, my first reaction was, we need to speak to the families of the victims and see what they feel.”
The officer added, “It’s fair to say that the majority of them are very much in favour,” before going on to add, “there are some that clearly aren’t and that is absolutely understandable.”
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 30, 2017
As previously reported, a suicide bomber detonated a homemade bomb outside Manchester Arena as people left Grande’s concert, which killed 22 people and injured 59.
After returning to the U.S. immediately after the attack, Grande announced that she would return to the city for a benefit concert in their honor.
In the interim, it was announced that the songstress would be postponing her “Dangerous Woman” European tour to June 5 in the wake of the bombing.
Last week Grande tweeted a lengthy emotive letter to fans and the world, in which she revealed she would be returning to the city of Manchester for the benefit concert.
After offering condolences and pledging to help the people of Manchester, Ariana wrote, “The only thing we can do now is choose how we let this affect us and how we live our lives from here on out.”
The Florida native also stressed, “We won’t let hate win.”
Grande’s mother, Joan Grande, and brother, Frankie, also shared encouraging words for the victims of the bombing.
“This past week I have spent in reflective thought, prayer & deep sorrow,” Joan wrote over the Memorial Day weekend.
She continued, “I join my daughter in extending my help & services to all those affected by the diabolical act of terror which occurred in Manchester!”
Frankie echoed similar sentiments.
Meanwhile, after the horrific terror attack, the UK’s Prime Minister, Theresa May announced the country’s terror alert had risen to “critical” from “severe,” indicating that another attack was deemed to be “imminent.”
That alert level has now been shifted back to “severe” after multiple arrests of suspects in the UK and Libya in connection with the Manchester Arena terror attack.
As the countdown to the “One Love” concert continues, fans from multiple fandoms have been expressing excitement and anxiousness on Twitter and elsewhere.
Amid the chatter, mature fans tweeted that it was important to remember that Grande, Bieber, Coldplay, Cyrus, Pharrell, Horan, Perry, Take That, and other artists are coming together in Manchester this Sunday for the victims, survivors, their loved ones and a city that is trying to heal from an atrocity.
— Rap-Up (@RapUp) May 30, 2017
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