Fans gathered in Manchester for a star-studded charity concert on Sunday, recalling victims of a suicide bomb attack following an Ariane Grande concert last month and vowing to face down fears of terrorism less than 24 hours after an assault in London claimed seven lives.
She performed her hits Be Alright and Break Free, shouting: “Manchester make some noise!” before pink streamers rained down on the crowd.
Grande emerged onstage for the One Love Manchester concert Sunday.
Proceeds from the show will go to Red Cross’s Manchester Emergency Fund.
A supporter from Manchester who was half way across the globe sent his thanks to Grande from distant Taiwan.
“From the day we started putting the Dangerous Woman tour together, I said that this show, more than anything else, was meant to be a safe space for my fans”.
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. “You joining us here today with so many watching around the world sends that message spoken by Olivia Campbell-Hardy’s mother, Charlotte that her daughter and all of the others lost will never be victims”.
The crowd went wild when Justin Bieber showed up, with a guitar, to perform an acoustic version of his song “Love Yourself”. “Everybody say, ‘We honor you.’ Everybody say, ‘We love you'”.
“It’s not easy to always choose love, is it?” she asked the crowd.
Katy Perry appeared on stage in a white mini dress with a long white feathered coat over the top to perform Part Of Me and Roar, saying: “We will not be silenced, Manchester” before Justin Bieber appeared to perform Love Yourself and Cold Water.
“And she said that I should stop crying, because Olivia wouldn’t have wanted me to cry”.
In fact, this Tweet pretty much sums up how we feel right now.
“What an fantastic thing we’re doing in trying to prove that love always wins”.
The Greater Manchester Police said more than 130,000 people were expected in the area for the benefit concert as well as a soccer match.
Earlier in the night Coldplay joined Grande on stage to sing Oasis’s hit Don’t Look Back In Anger, which has been an anthem for Manchester since the tragedy.
Robbie Williams led the thousands inside the venue in a chorus of: “Manchester, we’re strong, we’re strong, we’re strong. All we feel here tonight is love, resilience, positivity”, Williams said.
United States pop singer Ariana Grande headlined a star-studded benefit concert in Manchester yesterday that was both joyful and mournful, in aid of victims of the bombing that rocked the city last month, as security fears ran high after attackers in London killed seven people.
The sold-out “One Love” benefit follows another deadly attack that rocked London late Saturday when three men drove a van into a crowd before stabbing people in nearby bars and restaurants.
He said: “I want to dedicate this next song to the attractive people who were killed and injured in the Manchester terror attack”.
Additional security measures were put in place for the concert, with police warning that everyone would be searched.