Ariana Grande’s concert plans are going ahead as the star refuses to give in to the fear. After the Manchester bombing at Ariana’s concert on May 22, fans wondered if Grande would cancel her tour. Ariana was devastated, and at first, she didn’t know what to do. After some down time and conferring with her management team, Ariana came back fighting like the dangerous woman she is.
The “Side to Side” singer is doing another concert in Manchester, despite the trauma that she and her fans went through. Grande is offering free tickets to every single person who was at Grande’s concert the first time around.
On top of that, anyone buying a ticket to Ariana’s “We Love Manchester” concert on Sunday will be helping build the emergency fund for victims of the the tragic May 22 Grande concert. The New York Daily News shared that all proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the fund for concert victims and families.
The free concert tickets and donations weren’t enough for Ariana. She wanted to get more personal as she responds to her fans. Many of the injured are recovering in a Manchester hospital and had the surprise of a lifetime when both Prince William and Ariana Grande showed up to visit on Friday, June 2.
Prince William arrived earlier in the day on Friday and took the time to speak with first responders and others who were on the scene. Rail workers and taxi drivers were waiting for the crowd leaving at the end of the concert, and many of them were directly involved in helping victims.
After hearing the stories and listening to emotional outpourings from patients at the hospital and from first responders, Prince William wrote some heartfelt words in the Book of Condolence at Manchester Cathedral.
“Manchester’s strength and togetherness is an example to the world. My thoughts are with all those affected.”
Queen Elizabeth previously visited the Ariana Grande fans who were injured at the concert, but for many fans, Prince William’s visit was a highlight only matched by Ariana herself dropping by.
Ariana only returned to the U.K. on Friday as she prepared for the benefit concert on Sunday, and she was focused on the wellbeing of her fans. Instead of taking a break to chill in her hotel room, Grande “quickly headed” to the Manchester hospital where many of the 116 concert injured are recovering.
Young Grande fans couldn’t believe it when Ariana walked in and casually let people pose with her for selfies. She signed her concert t-shirts too, chatted, and made at least one teenager, who was “chomping at the bit” to attend Sunday’s concert, feel like a “rock star.”
“Jaden was just sat there watching TV and she walked in. She was absolutely amazed! It was a complete surprise.”
Grande shared a pic on Instagram of herself chatting at the bedside of one of the young patients. She captioned it simply with a heart.
AOL News shared that Twitter exploded with selfies after Ariana’s hospital visit as fans wrote how much they love Grande and shared their excitement over meeting her in person.
For anyone who can’t make it to the concert itself, including those who are still in the hospital, Sunday’s Ariana Grande concert will be aired live in over 50 countries.
Deadline via BBC Worldwide wrote that networks around the world will “bring the show to Brazil, Germany, China, Australia, Italy, Mexico and Sweden among many others” as well as Britain and the United States.
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