While we continue to grieve over those we lost during the Manchester bombing and get inspired by the survivors, Ariana Grande (whose first official statement since the incident was full of equal parts sorrow and hope) has now released the details regarding the benefit concert she’s holding to honor everyone who was affected by this heartbreaking tragedy.
The singer’s publicists have just announced that Grande will be joined by an all-star lineup of acts including Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Pharrell Williams, Take That, Usher, and former One Direction member Niall Horan, who are coming together to (in Grande’s own words) “not quit or operate in fear. We won’t let this divide us. We won’t let hate win.”
Deemed the “One Love Manchester” show, it will be held at the city’s Old Trafford cricket ground this Sunday (June 4), still less than two weeks after the attack which killed 22 people and injured over a hundred more at a Grande concert. Broadcast on BBC Television, BBC Radio, and Capital Radio Networks, as well as being streamed worldwide, this will surely be an incredible outpouring of heartache and triumph.
Grande has offered free tickets to all fans who were at the Manchester Arena concert during the bombing and intends to honor the victims of the attack, with Manchester police chief constable Ian Hopkins telling BBC Radio Manchester (according to The Telegraph) that the families of the victims were all told about the benefit concert with most being “very much in favor” of the event, though he did note, “There are some that clearly aren’t. That is absolutely understandable.”
Proceeds from the concert will be going to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund set up by the city of Manchester and the British Red Cross.
Let’s hope that this concert shows the world that love really is stronger than hate.
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(h/t The Telegraph; photos via Charley Gallay + Anthony Devlin/Getty)