Woman holds a sign reading I love Manchester

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Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Usher, Take That and Niall Horan are to join Ariana Grande in a concert to raise money for the victims and families affected by the Manchester attack.

This show of solidarity, from some of the biggest international names in music, will take place on Sunday 4 June.

One Love Manchester benefit concert

On Monday 22 May, 22 people were killed and more than one hundred injured after an attack at the Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande concert.

The singer will now return to headline the One Love Manchester benefit concert in their honour.

Net proceeds will go to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund set up by Manchester City Council in partnership with the British Red Cross.

The fund will support those who have been injured or bereaved by the attack and has already raised £7.1 million. The City Council is now setting up a charity to urgently distribute the funds.

Ariana Grande said: “My heart, prayers and condolences are with the victims of the Manchester Attack and their loved ones.

“There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are feeling or to make this better. However, I extend my hand and heart and everything I possibly can give to you and yours, should you want or need my help in any way.

“We will not quit or operate in fear. We won’t let this divide us. We won’t let hate win… Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before.

“Music is meant to heal us, to bring us together, to make us happy. So that is what it will continue to do for us.

“We will continue to honour the ones we lost, their loved ones, my fans and all affected by this tragedy. They will be on my mind and in my heart everyday and I will think of them with everything I do for the rest of my life.”

Ticket info

The concert will take place at the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground. General admission and hospitality tickets will be on sale through Ticketmaster on Thursday 1 June at 10am.

Ariana Grande is also offering fans who were at her Manchester show last Monday free tickets to attend if they register by 4pm on Wednesday 31 May.

The concert will be broadcast on BBC Television, and on BBC Radio and Capital Radio Networks.

The BBC will be the host broadcaster for international television networks. The show will also be streamed with a digital partner worldwide, to be announced soon.    

Mike Adamson, chief executive of British Red Cross, said: “This benefit concert is a gesture of solidarity by Ariana Grande and the many other stars who have pledged their involvement.

“It will help raise funds to support the survivors and the families who tragically lost someone last week. This event is an opportunity for people to come together and celebrate things that unite us – music, humanity and the will to do something to help others.”

The role of the Red Cross

After the attack, Red Cross volunteers and staff provided ambulance support to local hospitals, set up a rest centre at the Etihad Stadium, and provided practical and emotional support to those affected.

Last Saturday, the Red Cross also organised over 100 volunteers to take part in a huge charity collection in Manchester. 

This piece was updated on 02 June.