Ariana Grande to headline star-studded Manchester benefit concert this weekend

Ariana Grande to headline star-studded Manchester benefit concert this weekend

Ariana Grande will headline a star-studded benefit show at Emirates Old Trafford this Sunday (June 4) to honour and raise funds for the victims and families affected by the Manchester attack.

Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Usher, Take That and Niall Horan will also appear at the One Love Manchester concert, which will be broadcast on BBC Television, and on BBC Radio and Capital Radio Networks.

BBC Director General Tony Hall said: "Bringing the nation together, the BBC is proud to be broadcasting what will undoubtedly be a moving tribute to the victims and their loved ones."

Grande is offering free tickets to fans who were at the Manchester show on May 22. Customers who would like to attend will need to follow this link and register before 4pm on Wednesday, May 31. Ticketmaster will be in touch via email within 36 hours of registrations with instructions on how to process your free ticket. 

General admission and hospitality tickets go on sale through Ticketmaster from 10am on Thursday (June 1). Live Nation is underwriting the cost of the event and is producing it through its Festival Republic subsidiary, in association with SJM Concerts.

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.” 

She continued: “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.”

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.  

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