Ariana Grande announced before that she would perform in a benefit concert called “One Love Manchester” for victims of the Manchester blast on Sunday at the Old Trafford cricket ground alongside Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, Usher, Niall Horan and Miley Cyrus.
Police announced that Grande was looking forward to visiting Manchester again “sooner rather than later”, after the violent bomber attack that took place after her show last Monday, leaving over 100 casualties: 22 people were killed and 116 were injured.
Greater Manchester police’s chief constable, Ian Hopkins, said that the concert is scheduled on 4 June, around two weeks after the blast, in a bid of raising funds and money for the victims and the family and friends of the victims who lost their lives in the blast.
The concert will be held at Old Trafford cricket ground, which accommodates 50,000 people, Moreover, BBC Television will be broadcasting.
The “We Love Manchester Emergency Fund“ has got £6m from donations for victims who were injured in the blast.
Grande’s letter to her fans
Grande took to social media to write an open letter to her fans in which he expressed her sorrow and pain, yet her dedication to making people gather for the love of music: “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.
“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.
She added: “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. We will continue to honour the ones we lost, their loved ones, my fans and all affected by this tragedy. They will be on my mind and in my heart every day and I will think of them with everything I do for the rest of my life.”
She said: “I want to thank my fellow musicians and friends for reaching out to be part of our expression of love for Manchester. I will have details to share with you as soon as everything is confirmed.”
The concert’s purpose is to unite people for the love of music. Moreover, fans who attended Monday’s concert will be offered free tickets.