Ariana Grande Manchester Concert Will Continue 'With Greater Purpose' Following London Attacks
Ariana Grande’s all-star One Love Manchester benefit concert is to go ahead with “greater purpose” says her manager Scooter Braun, following yesterday evening’s London terror attacks, which left seven people dead and 48 injured.
In a statement posted on Twitter earlier today (June 4), Braun said, “After the events last night in London, and those in Manchester just two weeks ago, we feel a sense of responsibility to honor those lost, injured and affected.
“We plan to honor them with courage, bravery and defiance in the face of fear,” he continued, stating that today’s benefit concert at Manchester’s Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground will “not only continue, but will do so with greater purpose.”
“We must not be afraid, and in tribute to all those affected here and around the world, we will bring our voices together and sing loudly,” said Braun, adding that all artists involved in the One Love Manchester show have been “unwavering in their support” and are “determined to carry on with the show.”
Following yesterday’s London terror attack, which is the third in the U.K. in three months, Ariana Grande tweeted “Praying for London.”
In a statement, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said that additional security would be in place for today’s 50,000-capacity benefit concert, as well as the testimonial soccer match for Manchester United player Michael Carrick, which is taking place earlier in the day at Old Trafford stadium, close to the gig venue. Over 65,000 people are expected to attend the game.
“We have dedicated resources at both events, with a significant number of officers from both GMP and colleagues from other forces, some of which will be armed,” said Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan, who reiterated the organizers’ advice for fans not to bring bags with them and to expect additional security checks.
Fans have been gathering for One Love Manchester concert since early this morning with large numbers already waiting outside the venue before doors open at approx. 16:00 BST.
Take That, Niall Horan, Katy Perry, Usher, Pharrell, Robbie Williams, Black Eyed Peas, Little Mix, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and Grande -- returning to the city for the first time since the May 22 bomb attack, which killed 22 people and injured over 100 more -- are all set to perform at the show, with all proceeds going to the emergency fund set up for survivors and victims' families.
Close to 40 countries will be screening the show live, including Disney's young adult cable network Freeform in the U.S. ABC will also broadcast a one-hour highlight special following its NBA Finals telecast, with the concert additionally being broadcast on more than 130 iHeartRadio stations. Yesterday (June 03), MTV announced that it would be streaming the all-star gig live on its website, and it will also be streamed via Apple Music in front of the service's pay wall.
See Braun's full post below:
After the events last night in London, and those in Manchester just two weeks ago, we feel a sense of responsibility to honor those lost, injured, and affected. We plan to honor them with courage, bravery, and defiance in the face of fear. Today's One Love Manchester benefit concert will not only continue, but will do so with greater purpose. We must not be afraid, and in tribute to all those affected here and around the world, we will bring our voices together and sing loudly. I am pleased to say we have the full support of Greater Manchester police and the government and are assured the safety of all those attending is the highest priority. All artists involved have been unwavering in their support this morning and are determined to carry on with the show. We ask the strong city of Manchester and the world to join us in making the statement that hatred and fear will never win. Today we stand together. Thank you.
One Love Manchester will air live on ABC's Freeform at 2PM ET, and will also stream on MTV.com.