05 June 2017

Emotions were high at the One Love Manchester benefit concert held by Ariana Grande, less than two weeks after the terror attack at her show in the city. Not one to be brought down by the cowardly act, Grande got together the most prominent names in the scene for a night that celebrated the human spirit and showed that we will always stand back up.


The night was filled with some truly spectacular and moving performances by the likes of Justin Bieber, Pharrell, The Black Eyed Peas, Robbie Williams, Liam Gallagher, Coldplay, Little Mix, Katy Perry and many more. It was a perfect demonstration of the power of pop music to unite people all over the world.


Here are some of the most memorable moments from the night.


1. Robbie Williams – Angels 


Performing his 1997 classic, Robbie Williams did a DAMN good job of getting everyone to smile and join him on the emotional song. There were moments when the crowd made him step back from the mike and just take in the sheer enormity of love and passion erupting from the crowd. It’s safe to say he was holding back tears.



2. Black Eyed Peas and Ariana Grande – Where Is The Love?


The 2003 track will always stand the test of time, and last night was a true testament to that. With a few tweaks to the chorus, and sans Fergie, the song still evoked some major feels about the harsh realities of the world, and how it doesn’t have to be that way. The most moving part was when Will.I.Am urged everyone to raise a finger in the air for “one love” and the fingers and heart symbols that rose up in the crowd, all the way to the back. *chills*



3. Katy Perry – Roar


Of all the performers, Perry single-handedly showcased strength and defiance in the face of adversity. Wearing a white feathered gown she started by telling the crowd “Love conquers fear and love conquers hate and this love that you choose will give you strength, and it’s our greatest power”. This was then followed by banging out a hard-hitting rendition of Roar. Could there be a more fitting song?



4. Justin Bieber – Cold Water


Biebs started out his performance by making everyone chant “love” and saying “Love always wins in the end”. He then proceeded to perform an acoustic version of his hit single Cold Water.  A truly moving performance indeed.



5. Little Mix – Wings


Little Mix induced some of the loudest cheers of the night. While every other artist solely focused on making the people smile, the women from Little Mix blew through their 2012 dance floor destroyer. Right from the minute they started till they finished, it was clear they wanted everyone to let go and just dance like no one’s looking! A perfect f**k you ISIS anthem.



6. Liam Gallagher and Chris Martin – Live Forever


Liam Gallagher being a UK favourite, was a surprise addition to the lineup and you can guess the madness that ensued in the crowd. Performing Love Forever with some help from Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, who stood in for Noel Gallagher, the song that was once about bravado adopted a more tender tone. Kudos to Liam to show up and show his support for the noble cause.



7. Pharrell Williams and Miley Cyrus – Happy


There’s no chance you’ve NOT heard Pharrell’s monstrous hit Happy. If you have, you know it’s impossible to not smile and groove along to that crazily infectious track. Pharrell made the perfect move choosing the song to uplift the spirits of all those in attendance. Add Miley Cyrus to the equation and you’ve got a party on your hands. Just look at all those happy faces!



8. Chris Martin and Ariana Grande – Don’t Look Back In Anger


“Ariana we want to thank you for being so strong and wonderful. You’ve been singing for us, so we at Britain want to sing for you” said Chris Martin before slipping into a melodious cover of Oasis’ Don’t Look Back In Anger. With the lyrics flashing on the screen behind them, Ariana just basked in the moment, while the whole arena serenaded her in an insanely moving sing along.



9. Coldplay – Fix You


No words needed for this. Give in and enjoy.



10. Ariana Grande – One Last Time


She visited her fans in hospitals, offered to pay for funerals, held a MASSIVE fund-raiser, and raised US$ 2.6M in total for the affected. Ariana Grande was in every sense, the true hero of the night. With the entire lineup standing behind her, she went on to perform One Last Time, the final song she had performed at the night of the attacks. Holding back tears, she blazed through the song with the utmost grace. After last night, Grande’s name will forever resonate with her fans, as well as all those who heard her name for the first time two weeks back.