Ari­ana fights back with ben­e­fit con­cert

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THE de­ci­sion to hold a ben­e­fit con­cert for the vic­tims of the Manch­ester at­tack was com­pletely Ari­ana Grande’s. The 23-year-old singer,

pic­tured, was left dev­as­tated af­ter a ter­ror­ist at­tack at her con­cert at Manch­ester Arena on May 22, which left 22 peo­ple dead and over 50 in­jured, but she quickly put plans in place for a ben­e­fit gig to raise money for the vic­tims and their fam­i­lies.

Fes­ti­val Repub­lic’s Melvin Benn told Bill­board: “The idea to host this event came from Ari­ana. She was very trau­ma­tised af­ter the at­tack, but it was very im­por­tant to her to sup­port the vic­tims and show a level of de­fi­ance that stands up to this blood­lust and am­biva­lence to­wards in­no­cent in­di­vid­u­als and tells the ter­ror­ists that they are not go­ing to stop us.”

Ari­ana’s man­ager Scooter Braun first se­cured Cold­play to per­form at the gig be­fore lin­ing up a host of stars in­clud­ing Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Mi­ley Cyrus, Phar­rell, Usher, Take That and Niall Ho­ran.

Benn re­vealed that Greater Manch­ester Po­lice en­thu­si­as­ti­cally em­braced the idea, as they also want to show that Manch­ester will “not be de­feated”.

He said: “The very first call we made was to the chief con­sta­ble of the Greater Manch­ester Po­lice – if he had said ‘this can’t hap­pen’ then it wouldn’t have hap­pened. But he in­stead said the ex­act op­po­site and told us, ‘This is an amaz­ing thing that Ari­ana wants to do and it shows we’re not de­feated, we’re stand­ing to­gether united’, and even though it’s go­ing to be a phe­nom­e­nal amount of work, he fully em­braced the idea.

“There will be more than dou­ble the se­cu­rity per­son­nel, and po­lice said they will re­source this con­cert to an ab­so­lutely full level be­cause they want peo­ple to feel safe at­tend­ing events and vis­it­ing Manch­ester.”

Ari­ana Grande’s One Love Manch­ester will take place at the cricket sta­dium at Emi­rates Old Traf­ford in Manch­ester on Sun­day. – Bang Show­biz

De­fi­ance that stands up to this blood­lust

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