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ABC, Freeform to air Ariana Grande Manchester concert

Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester concert, set for this Sunday, June 4th at Manchester’s Old Trafford cricket grounds, will air in some capacity on ABC stations and Freeform. The announcement was made this morning (Friday, June 2nd) on ABC’s Good Morning America.

“This Sunday, when Ariana Grande and her friends return to the stage, the world will stand united with families in Manchester and across the United Kingdom,” states Ben Sherwood, president of Disney/ABC Television Group.

The full concert will air on Freeform Sunday at 2 pm ET, but ABC will air a one hour highlights version following game 2 of the NBA Finals, which is set to air at 8 pm ET.

Grande has tapped Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Take That, One Direction’s Niall Horan, Usher, Miley Cyrus and Pharrell to perform at One Love Manchester. The concert will benefit and honor the victims and families of the terrorist attack following her Manchester show last week when 22 people and dozens more were injured by a suicide bomber.

Tickets are still available for the show, but Ticketmaster has revealed “remarkable demand” for One Love Manchester tickets. More than 140,000 fans were online trying to get tickets, including those who were in attendance of the original Manchester show who were guaranteed free tickets, if they wanted them. However, many of those fans were unable to obtain tickets for some reason.

“We understand that there are a number of fans who didn’t receive an email this morning with regards to free tickets for One Love Manchester. We worked through the night and verified thousands of original bookings although there were some we could not verify,” Ticketmaster says in a statement on its website.

“We would like to reassure any fans that were at the show, that they will receive a free ticket for One Love Manchester, provided we can verify their initial booking. We thank fans for their patience as we continue to process the registrations.”


Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.