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Ariana Grande announces benefit concert for Manchester

By | Published on Wednesday 31 May 2017

Ariana Grande

Coldplay, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry are all set to join Ariana Grande at a benefit concert in Manchester this weekend.

The concert, at the 50,000 capacity Old Trafford Cricket Ground, will raise money to support those directly affected by the bomb attack that occurred during Grande’s show at the Manchester Arena last week and which left 22 people dead. Anyone who attended that show has been offered free tickets to this weekend’s concert.

Take That, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell, Niall Horan and Usher are all also set to appear at the charity show, most playing with Grande’s tour band. The tribute event will also be broadcast on BBC One, and on BBC and Capital radio stations.

Proceeds will go to the We Love Manchester emergency fund set up by Manchester City Council and the British Red Cross in the wake of last week’s bombing.

Commenting on the benefit concert, Greater Manchester Police chief constable Ian Hopkins told the BBC: “When the idea of the concert came up, my first reaction was, we need to speak to the families of the victims and see what they feel. It’s fair to say that the majority of them are very much in favour, [though] there are some that clearly aren’t and that is absolutely understandable”.

Tickets for the concert go on sale tomorrow here.

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