Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester concert has raised over £2 million for the victims of the Manchester Arena attack on May 22. The concert featured a star-studded line up of contemporary pop musicians including Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Coldplay.
Following the tragic events of the Manchester Arena attack last month, the city of Manchester was left with very little to celebrate. When it was first announced that pop singer Ariana Grande (who was present during the attack) would be putting on a huge benefit concert, it was suggested that many of the cities inhabitants would to too afraid to attended. This was made considerably more evident following the terrorist attack in London only one day before the event.
Despite growing concerns over event safety, the people of Manchester provided a brilliant demonstration of solidarity, commemoration, and bravery in the face of adversity; setting a great example of hope and togetherness to the rest of the world.
The concert began with performances from British pop sensations Marcus Mumford, Take That, and Robbie Williams, paving the way for incredible sets from international musicians such as Pharrell Williams, Miley Cyrus, The Black Eyed Peas, and Justin Bieber.
Ariana Grande (who was overcome with emotion at various points of the concert) entertained fans with a selection of her own songs, and a number of collaborations with other musicians (including a rousing rendition of the Oasis hit ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ with Coldplay).
Throughout the night BBC hosts hinted that a mystery guest would be giving a surprise performance, leading to a wave of speculation on social media. The surprise guest turned out to be none other than Manchester native Liam Gallagher, who gave one of the events most touching tributes, with a stripped down version of the Oasis song ‘Live Forever’.
The event is said to have raised £2 million, which accumulates to a total of around £10 million for the We Love Manchester emergency fund.