In the face of adversity, Ariana Grande will headline her star-studded benefit concert in Manchester on Sunday. In addition to the expected 50,000 attendess, people all over the world will tune in for the livestream of One Love Manchester, which aims to raise money for the victims of the horrific bombing. The 23-year-old singer has returned to the city, merely days after the tragic event, to pay tribute to the 22 people who lost their lives and over 100 that were injured. Proceeds from the concert, which will be held at the Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground, will go to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.
Fans lining up for Ariana Grande's benefit concert Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/PA Images
Droves of fans lined up early outside the venue, which has tight security, displaying solidarity with heartwarming signs and t-shirts ahead of the show. At 2 p.m. est the sold-out event will be broadcast live to multiple platforms, including: MTV’s website, Ariana’s official Facebook page, Youtube and Twitter. The Freeform network (formerly known as ABC Family) will air the full concert live beginning at 2 p.m. while its parent network ABC will telecast an hour-long special with highlights at 8 p.m. est on Sunday.
'One Love Manchester' concert will stream live Photo: Twitter/@arianagrande
A glittering lineup of talent will join Ariana onstage, including: Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Niall Horan, Pharrell Williams, Marcus Mumford, Coldplay, Usher and The Black Eyed Peas. There has been speculation that Ariana will perform a duet with the latter, singing their emotionally charged 2003 hit Where Is The Love? Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that friends Miley and Ariana will perform Don't Dream It's Over together.
Following Saturday night’s terror attack at London Bridge and Borough Market, which killed seven people, Ariana’s manager Scooter Braun posted a statement to his Twitter. Scooter wrote: “Today’s One Love Manchester benefit concert will not only continue, but will do so with greater purpose. We must not be afraid, and in tribute to all those affected here and around the world, we will bring our voices together and sing loudly.” He continued: “All artists involved have been unwavering in their support this morning and are determined to carry on with the show.”