Last week, in an emotional social media post, Ariana Grande announced that she would be returning to Manchester UK to hold a benefit concert to raise funds for the victims of the Manchester arena terrorist attack. The concert is set to take place this weekend, Sunday June 4 at the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground, home of Lancashire Cricket Club.
Here is a list of the pop stars set to take part in the event:
- Justin Bieber
- Katy Perry
- Miley Cyrus
- Niall Horan
- Take That
The venue has a 50,000 capacity. According to the organisers, “All net ticket proceeds of the show will go directly to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund”.
The concert will also be broadcast on BBC Television, and on BBC Radio and Capital Radio Networks, and streamed worldwide.
Manchester police chief constable Ian Hopkins recently told BBC Radio Manchester that the families of the victims have been consulted about the planned benefit concert, and that the majority of those spoken to are “very much in favor”.
“There are some that clearly aren’t,” he added. “That is absolutely understandable.”
Seven children were among the 22 victims who died when Salman Abedi detonated a bomb on May 22 as Grande finished her performance at Manchester Arena. The singer suspended her Dangerous Woman tour, following the attack. But in her message to fans, she promised to return to Manchester, “I don’t want to go the rest of the year without being able to see and hold and uplift my fans”.
I’ll be returning to the incredibly brave city of Manchester to spend time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honor and raise money for the victims and their families.”