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Friday, June 2, 2017

Stars Come Together for Ariana Grande’s Manchester Benefit Concert

Stars like Katy Perry and Justin Bieber will be joining Ariana Grande at a benefit show on Sunday, 4th June, in Manchester, England. This concert has been organized less than two weeks after the terror attack in the city after Ariana’s concert. A device was detonated by a suicide bomber as fans were exiting the Manchester Arena on May 22nd after the show of the Dangerous Woman singer. The attack claimed 22 lives and about 116 people were injured.

Subsequently, the tour was suspended by Ariana and she promised to return to the city for performing a fund raising concert for the victims of the terrorist attack and their families. The announcement came on Tuesday, May 30th that the 23-year-old will once again grace the stage in Manchester on June 4th.

Other stars Justin and Katy have opted to join her and that’s not all. Others will also be making an appearance, which include Miley Cyrus, Coldplay, Usher, One Direction star Niall Horan, Take That and Pharrell Williams will play in the Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester, which has a capacity of 50,000.

An open letter was issued to Ariana Grande’s fans by the singer on Friday, May 26th in which she revealed her plans of returning to the city. She said that they wouldn’t let fear drive them back or divide them because that would mean letting hate win. She said that the best way to respond to this violence was to come together for helping and loving and should sing louder than before.

The staff of the British Red Cross and Manchester City Council have set up the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund and proceeds from the ticket sales will go directly to it in order to assist those who have been affected by the attack. Ariana is also offering free tickets to fans who attended the tragic concert at Manchester Arena.

Ian Hopkins, the chief of Greater Manchester Police, revealed on the local radio that Michael Carrick, the Manchester United soccer player, is helping ensure the benefit concert goes as planned. On Sunday, there was to be a testimonial match of his club in the nearby stadium, but he has altered his plans. Hopkins said that he had spoken to Michael personally and also worked with his team. He said that they have been great in trying to reach a compromise to ensure both events can go ahead.     

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