Singer Ariana Grande has organized a benefit concert in honor of the victims of the recent Manchester attack. The attack, which took place on May 22, 2017, killed 22 people and left an additional 120 people injured.
Tickets to her “One Love Manchester” benefit concert go on sale tomorrow, Thursday, June 1 at 10 a.m. The concert will take place on June 4 at 7:15 p.m.
Grande will be joined by several other musicians including: Justin Bieber, the Black Eyed Peas, Cold Play, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, Take That, Niall Horan of One Direction, and Usher.
Those who attended Grande’s original concert when the attack happened are being offered free admission upon registration. All other interested concertgoers can purchase tickets through Ticketmaster.
Grande said she was “broken” upon first learning of the attack. Shortly after the attack took place, she tweeted, “Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so, so sorry. I don’t have words.”
Most of the response from the public was positive, as Twitter users reassured Grande that the attack was not her fault. Then, on Friday, May 26, Grande released a lengthier statement on the matter. An excerpt from her statement reads as follows:
“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.”
In addition to all the support being offered by fellow musicians, concert promoter Live Nation has decided to underwrite the costs of the event. Ticketmaster has also decided to waive its booking fees.
Proceeds from the concert will go towards the British Red Cross Society. Organizers expect the concert to raise at least £2M.
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