Ariana Grande has announced that she will be doing a benefit show in Manchester on 4 June. This will be in aid of the victims of the terrorist attack that took place at her concert at the Manchester Arena on 22 May.
The benefit concert will feature performances by the likes of Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Usher, Coldplay and Take That.
The concert, dubbed the ‘One Love Manchester’ concert, will take place at the Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground in the heart of Manchester.
All proceeds made from the show will be donated to the We Love Manchester emergency fund, which was set up in the wake of the horrific attack that left 22 people dead and over 50 injured.
In an open letter posted to her various social media platforms, Ariana said that doing the concert was her way of giving the victims and their families the support they so desperately need.
“My heart, prayers and condolences are with the victims of the Manchester Attack and their loved ones…There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are feeling or to make this better. However, I extend my hand and heart and everything I possibly can give to you and yours, should you want or need my help in any way [sic],” the 23-year-old said.
She continued, calling for unity and saying that attacks like these should not make people live in fear.
“We will not quit or operate in fear. We won’t let this divide us. We won’t let hate win…Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before. Music is meant to heal us, to bring us together, to make us happy. So that is what it will continue to do for us [sic],” she said.
Tickets for the concert will go on sale on 1 June. Grande also announced that fans who attended her show at the Manchester Arena on 22 May, will be able to register online for free tickets to the benefit concert.
The concert will reportedly be streamed live on a digital platform, as well as on BBC television and BBC radio in the UK.