It’s been just over a week since the devastating blast during an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena claimed the lives of 22 victims and injured more than 100 people.
Following the horrific event, Grande posted a lengthy letter on social media, promising her fans that she would return to Manchester. Now after postponing her Dangerous Woman Tour, Grande has announced that she will return to the city on Sunday, June 4, less than two weeks after the terror attack.
The upcoming concert will feature an all-star line-up in addition to Grande, with Justin Bieber, Niall Horan, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell, Usher, Take That and more scheduled to perform. Just announced, Little Mix, Black Eyed Peas, and Robbie Williams will also be joining ONE LOVE MANCHESTER.
The concert will take place at the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground and air live on BBC TV and BBC Radio. The net ticket proceed sales for the charity concert, which has a capacity of 50,000, will be donated to the We Love Manchester emergency fund and go towards helping those injured in the terror attack. Concert goers who attended Grande’s Manchester show on May 22 will receive free admission to the charity concert.
For fans in Canada, a commercial-free, live broadcast of Ariana Grande and friends’ charity concert ONE LOVE MANCHESTER will air live on Sunday, June 4 from 1:55 to 5 p.m. ET (check local listing for timing in various markets across Canada) on CTV, CTV GO, Much, VRAK, and presented by iHeartRadio across Canada on Virgin Radio stations.
The fast turnaround time for Grande’s return not only to the stage, but to Manchester, is a surprising move and one that shows the pop star’s dedication to her fans. In a letter on Instagram posted this week, Grande wrote that the strength of her fans continues to be her inspiration, saying “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.”
Grande’s mother Joan also posted her condolences for those affected by the bombing. Following the explosion, Joan along with many others helped those injured by the blast find safety backstage. Writing on her Twitter page, Joan said, “I join my daughter in extending my help & services to all those affected by the diabolical act of terror which occurred in Manchester! My heart goes out to all the victims; those who lost their lives, those injured, those recovering & all survivors of that night, along with the families & friends whose grief knows no bounds.”
Since the terror attack on May 22, many musicians have dedicated their performances to the victims, including Niall Horan, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus, who will all be performing at Sunday’s charity concert.