Ariana Grande and her One Love Manchester benefit concert are inspiring young British fans in the face of terrorism fears after the horrific terror attacks in London on the day before the concert. Grande and her fans are looking forward to better days.
Only a few hours after three terrorists drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge, leaped out and stabbed bystanders, Ariana Grande’s Manchester fans and those around the world are determined to be united in love instead of giving in to the hate.
The “defiant” Ariana Grande fans started showing up at the Old Trafford Cricket ground well in advance of the concert, and they aren’t going to let the escalating violence and fear stop them.
The Sun shared that “Love not hate” is becoming a slogan for Grande’s Manchester concert, with some concert-goers posing for pics in “Love not Hate” T-shirts as well as the One Love Manchester merch.
All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the One Love Manchester fund for victims of the May 22 concert where 22 concert-goers were killed and 59 injured. There are free tickets to anyone who was at the original Ariana Grande concert, but according to the Metro, not everyone is receiving their tickets as expected.
There’s such a huge demand that Ticketmaster hasn’t been able to keep up and fans are desperately tweeting their struggles to connect with the ticket provider.
According to Cosmopolitan, much of the ticket trouble was caused by people who weren’t at the original Grande concert submitting fraudulent claims for a freebie to the One Love Manchester concert.
“Over 10,000 people who didn’t attend the original concert are trying to get into the benefit for free.”
Ticketmaster issued a statement extending the original deadline for applications and promising that they would make sure concert “tickets go to the actual fans and not the opportunists or touts who have also been applying for free tickets.”
The BBC reported that 14,200 tickets “were being held” for the people affected by the terrorist attack on May 22, and the rest of the tickets for Grande’s concert at the 50,000 capacity venue “sold out in minutes.”
Some locals who are still hoping to score a ticket are using social media to track one down.
The singer’s Instagram account is filled with images of the One Love Manchester poster as well as two pics from Ariana’s compassionate visit to injured fans recovering in the hospital.
Grande has also been photographed wearing the T-shirt backstage during soundcheck.
For every person that has a precious ticket to the Ariana Grande concert, there are thousands around the world who can’t make it in person and have taken to Twitter to voice their support. One Ariana Grande fan tweeted that we all have to be united in love so that hate cannot win.
Others in far-flung places are tweeting a shout-out to Grande and the other celebrities in the star-studded lineup. One person said that Ariana has started a movement and pleaded with her not to stop.
A supporter from Manchester who was half way across the globe sent his thanks to Grande from distant Taiwan.
Another tweeter thanked Ariana Grande for doing one of the most inspirational and brave things anyone could do.
So many people who want to be at Ariana’s concert fundraiser live too far away, but the three biggest social media platforms will be live streaming the concert on Grande’s Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube channels. CNET reported that anyone watching the benefit concert live stream will “also be able to donate” to the fund for victims of the bombing.
Ariana Grande will be joined on the concert stage by A-list stars who want to stand united with the terrorist attack victims. Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Usher, Pharrell, Little Mix, Robbie Williams, Black Eyed Peas, Niall Horan and Take That are all part of the star-studded line-up.
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