Ariana Grande announces Manchester benefit concert

Ariana Grande is returning to Manchester, England to perform a benefit concert for the victims and families of the terrorist attack following her concert last week. The concert will be Sunday, June 4th at Manchester’s Old Trafford cricket grounds. 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 event will be broadcast live on BBC TV and radio with all proceeds going to the We Love Manchester emergency fund. “GrandAriTour, Inc. will donate the net proceeds from the concert to the British Red Cross Society, a registered charity, for its Manchester Emergency Fund supporting the victims of the Manchester bombing,” Ticketmaster’s site reads.

Fans who attended Grande’s May 22nd Manchester concert can register to attend the charity event for free. Registration must be completed by Wednesday, May 31st at 4 pm BST. Fans can request the same number of tickets purchased for the original concert. Tickets go on sale to the general public Thursday (June 1st) at 10 am BST.

Last week, Grande vowed to return to the torn city to help its people. She published a letter on social media stating, “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. 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.”

Twenty-two people were killed and dozens more injured after a suicide bomber set off two nail bombs at the Manchester Arena as Grande’s concert wrapped on May 22nd. Grande was not hurt, but her mom was still in her seat in the front row as the bomb exploded. She, among others, helped get concertgoers to safety. Grande and her mother immediately returned home to Boca Raton, FL following the attack and Grande canceled her European tour dates through June 5th.

Live Nation said it will refund all ticket holders for the seven canceled shows that include a pair in London and Poland, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland. Grande’s Dangerous Woman tour resumes Wednesday, June 7th in Paris.


Author: Buddy Iahn

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