“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.
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One Love Manchester will air live on ABC's Freeform at 2PM ET, and will also stream on MTV.com.