Pop singer Ariana Grande announced on social media that a benefit concert will be held in Manchester on June 4th, in memory of the Manchester bombing victims. To show their solidarity, a number of artists have also joined hands and will be performing at the event, which will be happening just four miles away from where the suicide bombing occurred in the Manchester Arena on 22nd May 2017.
All the earnings of the One Love Manchester benefit concert will go to We Love Manchester Emergency Fund which was founded by the Manchester City Council along with the British Red Cross to help victims of the attack. The concert will be held in Stretford, England and will also be broadcast on BBC.
On 22nd May, a few minutes after Grande, 23, exited the stage around 10.30 pm, a suicide bomb exploded in the area connecting the Manchester Arena to the Manchester station. The attack killed 22 innocent people and left 100 injured.
Ariana posted a heartfelt statement online last week offering her condolences to the victims. She also said that though she can’t do anything to take away the pain, she will go to any extent to help the families of the victims and those who suffered.
Within a week of the attack, police were able to identify the main culprit of the attack: 22-year-old Salman Abedi. The police also tracked down 16 other people who might have been working along with Abedi, though two of them have been released without any charge.
At the One Love Manchester Benefit concerts, there will be a number of artists performing, including Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Usher, Take That, and Niall Horan.
Grande’s manager, Scooter Braun called her an inspiring woman and disclosed that the idea to host the event was her’s. He also said that she was very brave for standing up, rather than hiding from cameras. She is not just coming on the stage but performing in the same city where it happened.
Braun also acknowledged BBC TV for willingly helping them. Grande’s team was also able to convince Manchester United soccer team to start their match an hour and a half early so that the crowd could easily get to the concert venue which is very near to the stadium.
Grande’s tour is suspended for a month and will resume after the One Love Manchester benefit concert.