On the 22nd of May 2017 a horrific suicide bombing took place at Manchester Arena right after Ariana Grande’s concert. Lives were lost, lives were changed and a city was suddenly brought together by tragedy. There are no words to describe how terrible this incident was. Not only for the city of Manchester but for the world. As a human race we need to stand together and fight back with the goodness that does still exist in this world. Love, respect and happiness can trump evil and this is what Ariana Grande realized when she organised a benefit concert to both honour the victims of the attack and fundraise money for victims and families who were affected by the attack.
On the 4th of June 2017, Ariana returned to Manchester for the concert of a lifetime. At first the concert was just going to be Ariana and her unbelievable voice, but then it become an event to showcase compassion and kindness and artists like Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Robbie Williams decided to take part in the event. The 3-hour spectacular was full of high profile artists, emotional moments and a set list full of positivity, love and inspiration.
I think this was such a perfect way to honour the victims of such a horrendous attack. Of course it will not take away the pain or fear caused by the attack but it was such a wonderful way to bring about some happiness during such a difficult and dark time. I am in such awe of Ariana for putting together such an event. I think she showed such maturity and strength with this event that I cannot do anything else but respect her. She showed people that in dark times they need to be strong and stay positive. Light overcomes darkness.
As strong as Ariana seemed to the public, I think this benefit also staged as a very important part in her own healing. I am sure it must be terrifying to leave the stage and hear the commotion of the bombing. To know that your fans, who have travelled and invested time and money to see you perform, have been victims of such an incident must be a terrible thought. I can only imagine how scared she must have been to return to the stage in Manchester and I send her so much love and respect for doing so.
The event was live streamed on numerous networks and social media sights including Facebook. The event was live streamed world wide because the artists did not want any fan to be left out of the event and she felt it was important for people all over the world to stand together and celebrate Love through music. The power of music and limitless and this benefit was testimony to that.
The full set list from the benefit:
Marcus Mumford – Timshel
Take That – Shine, Giants, Rule The World
Robbie Williams – Strong, Angels
Pharrell Williams feat. Marcus Mumford – Get Lucky
Pharrell Williams feat Miley Cyrus – Happy
Miley Cyrus – Inspired
Niall Horan – Slow Hands, This Town
Ariana Grande – Be Alright, Break Free
Little Mix – Wings
Ariana Grande and Victoria Monet – Better Days
Black Eyed Peas feat Ariana Grande – Where Is The Love
Imogen Heap – Hide And Seek
Ariana Grande and Mac Miller – The Way, Dang!
Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus – Don’t Dream It’s Over
Ariana Grande – Side To Side
Katy Perry – Part Of Me, Roar
Justin Bieber – Love Yourself, Cold Water
Ariana Grande – Love Me Harder
Coldplay feat Ariana Grande – Don’t Look Back In Anger
Coldplay – Fix You, Viva La Vida, Something Just Like This
Liam Gallagher – Rock And Roll Star, Wall Of Glass
Liam Gallagher feat Chris Martin – Live Forever
Ariana Grande – One Last Time, Somewhere Over The Rainbow
What an increadible event…