Ariana Grande to hold benefit concert for Manchester attack victims on Sunday

Ariana Grande back to Manchester to host a concert to raise money for the victims of last week’s deadly bombing on her show.

Publicists for the pop star announced Tuesday, Grande plays a concert in Manchester on Sunday, accompanied by big names such as Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams.

The “One Love, Manchester” show will be held in the city of Old Trafford cricket ground has just under two weeks after a bomber of 22 people killed at a Grande concert in Manchester.

The proceeds go to a fund established by the city of Manchester and the British Red Cross.

In a statement which is both challenging and heavy with emotion, the pop star on Friday wrote to her fans: “we won’t let hatred win”, and “we will not let this divide us.” She apologized for the pain and offered to “extend my hand and heart and everything that I can possibly give to you and yours.”


“Our response to this violence must come closer to each other, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and more kind and generous than before,” she wrote.

Grande suspended its Dangerous Woman world tour and cancelled several European shows, including two London shows, after the bombing, which left 22 dead. The tour will start again on 7 June in Paris.

“From the day I started work on the construction of the Dangerous Woman Tour together, I said that this show, more than anything else, was intended to be a safe space for my fans. A place for them to escape, to celebrate. To heal, to feel safe and to be themselves,” she wrote. “This will not change.”

In the attacks of the concert, the bomber was aimed at a audience full of teens and ‘tweens — Grande fans who call themselves “Arianators.” Some wore kitten ears, such as the star of the show.


“They will be in my thoughts and in my heart every day and I think that with everything I do for the rest of my life,” Grande wrote.

Some bands, including Blondie, Kiss and Take that — have cancelled shows after the explosion, but representatives for various acts — including Aerosmith, Celine Dion, Shawn Mendes, Guns N’ Roses and Phil Collins — said they honor their European dates this summer.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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