05 June 2017

Two weeks since a horrific attack at Manchester, some of the biggest names in music united together for one truly emotional night to stand against hate at Ariana Grande’s benefit concert.


Held in the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground, 50,000 thousand people stood silent as Marcus Mumford kicked off proceedings with a poignant moment of remembrance before the UK and the world were treated to three hours of performances include from Coldplay, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Pharrell, Niall Horan and more. Ariana Grande appeared throughout the night, visibly moved by the sight of tens of thousands of hopeful faces beaming back at her.


From giving us the hits including Break Free, Side To Side and Be Alright, one of the night’s most touching moments however came as Ari joined the Parrs Wood High School Choir for My Everything, comforting a young girl who battled through her emotions to finish the song.



Duets were expected and they came aplenty. To name but a few, Ari and Miley reprised their 2015 performance of Crowded House’s Don’t Dream It’s Over, Miley Cyrus joined Pharrell Williams on Get Lucky, and Ari filled in for Fergie on the Black Eyed Peas’ Where Is The Love?.


One Direction’s Niall Horan dedicated This Town to Manchester while Robbie Williams switched up his lyrics to Strong, before performing the tender Angels, which just the previous night at his own gig, he was too overcome with emotion to finish.



Katy Perry affirmed that “love conquers fear and love conquers hate” before encouraging us to hug one another and tell a stranger ‘I love you’. We did.


Justin Bieber told us “love always wins in the end” as he delivered stripped-back versions of Love Yourself and Cold Water, before Coldplay coated us in multi-coloured confetti.


In one final surprise, Manchester’s own living legend Liam Gallagher strutted out to perform Rock’n’Roll Star, Wall Of Glass and the Coldplay-assisted Oasis classic Live Forever.



Inside the venue, the atmosphere was electric. Spirits were high as security guards encouraged people to dance while outside, bus drivers offered people free lifts as “We Love MCR” beamed bright emblazoned on their screens.


As the revelers headed off into the night, chants of “Manchester we’re strong and “Don’t Look Back In Anger” could be heard off into the distance affirming, we will stand strong, we stand together.