|“||"I don't think I've been through anything as traumatic as [what] we've been through [...] Calling it off and going home was not an option. The message of the show was too important. For the crew and everyone involved, it's become more than just a show for us. We are really grateful to be here and really grateful for this show.||”|
One Love Manchester was a benefit concert special and British television special by Ariana Grande which was held on June 4, 2017. The concert was live transmitted by BBC and on Grande's personal YouTube channel.
On May 22, 2017, a suicide bombing was carried out at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, following a concert by Grande as part of her Dangerous Woman Tour. The attacker was identified as Salman Ramadan Abedi, a 22-year-old British Muslim who detonated a shrapnel-laden improvised explosive device at the exit of the arena after the event. 22 adults and children, including Abedi, were killed and 116 were injured, some critically.
Grande posted on her official Twitter account: "broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words. [sic]" Grande subsequently suspended her tour and flew to her mother's home in Boca Raton, Florida. She later announced that she would host a benefit concert in Manchester for the victims of the attack.
Event tickets were made available on June 1, 2017 and sold out within 6 minutes. Fans who were at the concert on May 22 can attend at no cost.
A minute's silence was held before Marcus Mumford opened the concert, at the request of Mumford, in memory of those killed both in Manchester and in London.
After Grande's first performance of the night, Stevie Wonder appeared via video link. After Heap's performance, a video of prominent Manchester footballer David Beckham reading a poem dedicated to the city was played. Videos of other artists and celebrities, including Halsey, Bastille, Anne-Marie, Demi Lovato, Jennifer Hudson, Blossoms, Chance the Rapper, Camila Cabello, The Chainsmokers, DJ Khaled, Little Mix, Circa Waves, Kendall Jenner, Clean Bandit, Dua Lipa, Sean Paul, Nick Grimshaw, Kings of Leon, Sam Smith, Rita Ora, Shawn Mendes, Twenty One Pilots, Paul McCartney, U2 and the players of Manchester United and Manchester City declaring their solidarity with Manchester were also shown.
Manchester's own Liam Gallagher made a surprise appearance near the end of the concert. Previously, he had stated he wanted to perform but indicated a conflict with the Rock im Park festival in Germany. He flew in straight from his performance in Germany. Coincidentally, he was also scheduled to perform at the Rock am Ring festival two days prior, but the rest of that festival day was cancelled before his scheduled performance due to terror suspicions.
Usher was due to appear but did not perform. He appeared with other musicians in the pre-recorded video sending best wishes to Manchester.
- Ariana Grande
- Justin Bieber
- Katy Perry
- Miley Cyrus
- Pharrell Williams
- Victoria Monét
- Take That
- Niall Horan
- Black Eyed Peas
- Little Mix
- Robbie Williams
- Imogen Heap
- Mac Miller
- Marcus Mumford
- Parrs Wood High School
- "Timshel" (performed by Marcus Mumford)
- "Shine" (performed by Take That)
- "Giants" (performed by Take That)
- "Rule The World" (performed by Take That)
- "Strong" (performed by Robbie Williams)
- "Angels" (performed by Robbie Williams)
- "Get Lucky" (performed by Pharrell Williams)
- "Happy" (performed by Pharrell Williams and Miley Cyrus)
- "Inspired" (performed by Miley Cyrus)
- "Slow Hands" (performed by Niall Horan)
- "This Town" (performed by Niall Horan)
- "Be Alright" (performed by Ariana Grande)
- "Break Free" (performed by Ariana Grande)
- "Love's in Need of Love Today" (performed by Stevie Wonder in video)
- "Wings" (performed by Little Mix)
- "Better Days" (performed by Victoria Monét and Ariana Grande)
- "Where Is The Love?" (performed by The Black Eyed Peas with Ariana Grande)
- "Hide and Seek" (performed by Imogen Heap)
- "My Everything" (performed by Parrs Wood High School Choir and Ariana Grande)
- "The Way" (performed by Ariana Grande and Mac Miller)
- "Dang!" (performed by Mac Miller)
- "Don't Dream It's Over" (performed by Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande)
- "Side to Side" (performed by Ariana Grande)
- "Part of Me" (performed by Katy Perry)
- "Roar" (performed by Katy Perry)
- "Love Yourself" (performed by Justin Bieber)
- "Cold Water" (performed by Justin Bieber)
- "Love Me Harder" (performed by Ariana Grande)
- "Don't Look Back in Anger" (performed by Chris Martin and Ariana Grande)
- "Fix You" (performed by Coldplay)
- "Viva la Vida" (performed by Coldplay)
- "Something Just Like This" (performed by Coldplay)
- "Rock 'n' Roll Star" (performed by Liam Gallagher)
- "Wall of Glass" (performed by Liam Gallagher)
- "Live Forever" (performed by Liam Gallagher with Chris Martin)
- "One Last Time" (performed by Ariana Grande with everyone)
- "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" (performed by Ariana Grande)
The British Red Cross received £2.35 million (nearly $3 million) in donations during the three-hour concert for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund. By the next day, the British Red Cross announced it had received more than £10 million ($13 million) since the attack.
Grande also re-released her single "One Last Time" and will donate all proceeds to the fund. She also has since released a live audio version of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" that she performed during the concert on music and streaming platforms as an additional charity single.
- Katy Perry's outfit has pictures of the people who died in the bombing.
- The live performances were released as audio's on Spotify and some songs on iTunes which all sales go towards Manchester.
- Usher was slated to perform but was unable due to a scheduling conflict.
- During the performance of "Strong", Robbie Williams changed the chorus to "Manchester we're strong, we're strong, we're strong", and reprised this chant following the performance of "Angels".
- Stevie Wonder's performance was pre-recorded, played live on the stage screen and broadcast as a video feed.
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- Today - Ariana Grande on why canceling her tour after Manchester bombing was 'not an option'
- Ariana's picture
- Youtube - Ariana Grande` - #OneLoveManchester (Live)
- Twitter - Purpose World Tour status
- Ariana Grande to play Manchester benefit show Sunday; Coldplay, Justin Bieber among performers
- Twitter - Katy Perry's post
- Twitter - Miley Cyrus' status
- Twitter - Take That's post
- Twitter - Niall Horan's post
- Twitter - Black Eyed Peas' post
- Twitter - Little Mix's status
- Twitter - Imogen Heap confirming that she will perform on One Love Manchester