Ariana Grande is returning to Manchester to headline a special One Love Manchester benefit concert on Sunday and is bringing a galaxy of stars with her including Justin Bieber, Take That, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus.
The show, at the Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground, is to honour and raise vital funds for the victims and families who were tragically affected by the Manchester attack after her show last week.
The attack – which took place after Grande’s Dangerous Woman concert at Manchester Arena on Monday 22 May – killed 22 people, seven of whom were children, and injured dozens of others.
Coldplay, Pharrell Williams, Usher and Niall Horan are among the other acts already confirmed for the gig, which will be broadcast on BBC Television, and on BBC Radio and Capital Radio Networks.
All net ticket proceeds of the show will go directly to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund which was set up by the Manchester City Council in partnership with the British Red Cross, in aid of grieving families and victims of the horrific attack.
In an open letter posted on her social media accounts, Grande said: “My heart, prayers and condolences are with the victims of the Manchester Attack and their loved ones.
“There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are feeling or to make this better. However, I extend my hand and heart and everything I possibly can give to you and yours, should you want or need my help in any way.
“We will not quit or operate in fear. We won’t let this divide us. We won’t let hate win… 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.
“Music is meant to heal us, to bring us together, to make us happy. So that is what it will continue to do for us. We will continue to honour the ones we lost, their loved ones, my fans and all affected by this tragedy. They will be on my mind and in my heart everyday and I will think of them with everything I do for the rest of my life.”
The singer is offering fans who were at the Manchester show on Monday free tickets to this benefit concert.
Customers who would like to attend will need to follow this link and register before Wednesday, May 31 at 4pm.
Ticketmaster will be in touch via email within 36 hours of registrations with instructions on how to process your free ticket.
General tickets go on sale via Ticketmaster at 10am on Thursday, June 1.
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