Exuberant mood and tight security, love and excitement were the words to describe ‘One Love Manchester’ tribute concert held at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester on Sunday, June 3. A massive crowd of celebrities and singers gathered to raise money for victims of the Manchester Arena Attacks which took the lives of 22 people and left 59 people injured. Ariana Grande initiated the idea and they reached as much as £10 million. Way to go Ariana and pop-celebs!
“Tonight is all about love,” a teary-eyed Grande told the crowd of thousands at the ‘One Love Manchester’ concert. The lyrics to her hit love ballads seemed to take on special resonance in the wake of the May 22 attack: “I’m stronger than I’ve been before,” Grande sang in “Break Free” as the audience cheered. Pop stars gathered to pay tribute to the victims of last month’s suicide bombing in Manchester.
— Team Ariana (@TeamAriana) June 4, 2017
Earlier that day, before the show began, the organization tweeted that its Manchester Emergency Fund had already raised $9million (£7.3million).
Thanks to the generous donations of so many people, the total money raised for the Manchester Emergency Fund is $12 million (£9.6 million)
The concert’s atmosphere
Ariana thanked everyone who came. “I want to thank you so much for coming together and being so loving and strong,” she said. “I love you guys so much and I think that the kind of love and unity that you’re displaying is the medicine the world really needs right now.”
Fans gathered to see Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Take That, Little Mix, Pharrell and many others for Sunday’s show. The concert also saw a surprise performance by Manchester icon, Liam Gallagher.
Then, the crowd went wild when Justin Bieber showed up, performing an acoustic version of his song “Love Yourself.”
Also, Miley Cyrus called for peace and understanding: “For me,” she said, “the most important responsibility we have on this entire planet is to take care of one another.”
How did Ariana and the money help?
The money will help lessen the strain and suffering of the Manchester Arena victims and will ensure their families don’t suffer from short-term financial difficulties.
On Friday (June 2), Grande visited some of her injured fans at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. What she also did was lovely. The superstar brought each a sunflower and a teddy bear, according to Lauren Thorpe, whose eight-year-old daughter, Lily, suffered a shrapnel wound in her back.
— British Red Cross (@BritishRedCross) June 5, 2017
If you’re interested in donating to the Manchester Emergency Fund you can donate through the British Red Cross Page. Or, if you live in the UK, you can text ‘LOVE’ to 70507 to give £5.