Tuesday, 6 June 2017

One Love

On June 4th 2017 Ariana Grande and a whole host of other A-list celebrities joined together to perform at the Old Trafford in Manchester in support and to raise money to aid the victims and families of the Manchester bombing that occurred on 22nd May. This was always going to be an emotional concert, but also one that united Manchester and all that watched the performance live on the BBC.

Ariana took to the stage initially and spoke from the heart stating: "I love you guys so much, and I think that the kind of love and unity that you're displaying is the medicine that the world really needs right now." Grande's brave-spirit and the celebratory atmosphere that she created really translated to everyone that witnessed it, with many viewers getting emotional and a great sense of unity being displayed throughout.

The celebrities that performed included the likes of Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Pharrel Williams, the Black-Eyed-Peas, Liam Gallagher, Katy Perry, Robbie Williams and Coldplay. Each had a slot to perform some of their most played and loved tunes. Many of the celebrities also wore 'I heart MCR' tops, with Ariana dressing casual in a white One Love sweatshirt in support.

Ariana told the crowd how she changed the show set list after meeting the mother of Olivia Campbell-Hardy, 15, who was among the 22 people who died in the attack.

Grande said: "She told me Olivia would have wanted to hear the hits. We had a totally different show planned and we had a rehearsal yesterday and we changed everything."

As you can imagine, it was a very thought-provoking concert- with many of the acts contributing to the atmosphere. Justin Bieber got the audience to raise their hands in honour of the victims, and Miley and Ariana joined to sing 'Don't Dream it's Over'.

The final song was a solo rendition of  'Over the Rainbow' performed by Grande- which was both beautiful and heart-breaking to watch.

The concert couldn't have been a better way to raise spirits and unite people all over the world. It raised £2m for victims and families through text and online donations, taking the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund's total to more than £10m.

By Izzy Garvey

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