Ariana Grande’s huge Manchester benefit concert is shaping up to be one of the most important shows of the year. The event (which will help to raise money for the victims of the Manchester Arena attack) will include some of the biggest names in pop. There are also rumours that a number of surprise guests could be making an appearance.
In the wake of the tragic events that took place at the Manchester Evening News Arena last week, pop star Ariana Grande is putting on a huge benefit show to raise money for the victims of the attack. So far a number of high profile musicians have been confirmed for the event, including Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Coldplay and Miley Cyrus.
The concert will take place at the 50,000 capacity Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground on Sunday June 4. Event organiser Melvin Benn said that the show would have “more than double the security personnel that would normally be at a concert”.
He added: “We’re drilling down on every single bit of detail,” “We’re having liaison meetings with the police teams and the traffic borough teams twice a day, updating plans literally by the hour. We’re going to produce something very safe and very special for those who come.”
Aside from the list of confirmed artists, there are a number of rumours that the event will feature a series of ‘surprise guests’. One of the surprise acts that is currently being suggested is Manchester rock group Oasis, who split up back in 2009.
Ariana Grande recently said of the news: “My heart, prayers and 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.”
She added: “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 to honour the ones we lost, their loved ones, my fans and all affected by this tragedy. They will be on my mind and in my heart everyday and I will think of them with everything I do for the rest of my life.”