Ariana Grande returns to Manchester Sunday for benefit concert featuring Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, more
The British Red Cross confirmed the “One Love Manchester” event on Twitter, with a pink logo featuring a ribbon with Grande’s signature bunny ears.
The return to Manchester, less than two weeks after the bombing, will take place at the Old Trafford cricket ground.
Net ticket proceeds with go to the “We Love Manchester Emergency Fund” set up by Manchester City Council and the British Red Cross, aiding families and victims of the attack. All fans who attended the original show are being offered free tickets to the benefit concert, and must register by Wednesday on Ticketmaster.
General sale will be available via Ticketmaster on Thursday, June 1, at 10 a.m. BST.
Grande shared a heartfelt letter on Twitter days following the shocking attack, where she announced the benefit concert.
“My heart, prayers and deepest condolences are with the victims of the Manchester Attack and their loved ones,” she began. “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.”
Grande then announced that she’d be returning to England to honor victims of the attack and their families, sharing a link to the Manchester Evening News’ Just Giving partnership with the Red Cross.
“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. I’ll be returning to the incredibly brave city of Manchester to spend some time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honor of and to raise money for the victims and their families. 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 a everything is confirmed.”
She added, “From the day we started putting the Dangerous Woman Tour together, I said that this show, more than anything else, was intended to be a safe place for my fans. A place for them to escape, to celebrate, to heal, to feel safe and to be themselves. To meet their friends they’ve made online. To express themselves. This will not change that.”
“When you look into the audience at my shows, you see a beautiful, diverse, pure, happy crowd. Thousands of people, incredibly different, all there for the same reason, music,” Grande continued. “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. We will continue in honor of the ones we lost, their loved ones, my fans and all affected by this tragedy.”
She wrapped up her letter, “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,” signing, “Ari.”