In an effort to raise money and show support for all of those affected by the Manchester Arena attack on May 22, Ariana Grande has announced the One Love Manchester benefit concert.
Following through on her promise made in an open letter posted to her Twitter page on May 26, Grande is returning to “the incredibly brave city” of Manchester on Sunday, June 4, and she’s bringing an A-list team of artists with her.
Katy Perry, Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Pharrell Williams, Miley Cyrus, Take That, and Niall Horan will all be joining Grande onstage at Emirates Old Trafford, and more names are set to be announced. Proceeds of the concert will go to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, which was set up to financially support the victims of the bombing and their families.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 30, 2017
There’s no word yet whether Grande’s Dangerous Woman world tour will resume following One Love Manchester.
In her open letter, Grande shares her deepest condolences for the victims of the Manchester attack, and encourages fans to not let such hateful actions “divide us”:
My heart, prayers and deepest 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.
I don’t want to go the rest of the year without being able to see and hold and uplift my fans, the same way they continue to uplift me. 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 something that everyone on Earth can share. 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.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 26, 2017