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One Love Manchester - Fans Gather for Tribute Concert

Music | June 4, 2017, Sunday @ 11:55| 110 views

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Thousands of people are heading to Manchester for a tribute concert remembering the lives lost in the 22 May attack, BBC writes.

One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by tht suicide bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's performance at the Manchester Arena.

She is returning to the city, joined by stars including Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Take That and Katy Perry.

Police said the event would still go ahead following the London attacks.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said it was "deeply saddened" about the events in London and there would be additional security in place.

GMP Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan said: "Our thoughts are with everyone affected, including the emergency services responding to the incident."

He said the concert - and Michael Carrick's testimonial at Old Trafford football ground - would still take place but "with additional security in place to ensure the safety of everyone".

Grande tweeted after the incident in the capital that she was "praying for London".

Her manager, Scooter Braun, tweeted that the concert would "go ahead with greater purpose" in support of those in London.

He said: "All artists involved have been unwavering in their support this morning and are determined to carry on with the show."

Ch Supt Stuart Ellison, who is in charge of the event, said armed police would be at the gates of the venue and in the busiest areas. He said he "understood people's nervousness" but extra officers would be there for their safety.

The force also encouraged people not to drive and to leave their bags at home.

The Manchester attack killed 22 people - including children and teenagers who saw the show as well as parents arriving at the arena to pick them up at the end of the night.

The youngest victim was just eight years old.

Ariana Grande is going to be performing, having said she wanted to return to the "incredibly brave city" to spend time with her fans, and to "honour and raise money for the victims and their families".

She's bringing a host of stars with her - Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Usher, Pharrell, Little Mix, Robbie Williams, Black Eyed Peas, Niall Horan and Take That are all on the bill.

The Old Trafford cricket ground has a 50,000 capacity and tickets sold out within 20 minutes when they went on general sale.

Some tickets were set aside for fans at the original concert, who were promised free entry. Ticketmaster said 14,200 tickets were being held for them.

People have been asked not to bring bags, "for speed of entry", and will be searched as they enter the grounds.

Proceeds will go to the We Love Manchester emergency fund, which has been set up by Manchester City Council, in conjunction with the British Red Cross. Organisers expect at least GBP 2m to be raised from the event.

Tags: London, Grande, Ariana, Manchester, Little Mix


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