This evening, the highly anticipated One Love Manchester benefit concert will take place in Manchester, and we’ve compiled all the information you need to know about the special gig, which is being headlined by Ariana Grande.
What is the One Love Manchester Concert?
Just under two weeks ago there was a devastating terrorist attack in Manchester. In an act of cowardice, an explosion was detonated outside of Manchester Arena just after Ariana Grande went off stage at her headline tour stop at the arena. The disgusting terror attack claimed the lives of 22 innocent people and injured over 100 more. The youngest person to lose their life was just 8-years-old, with the attack being aimed at young children and families, as they were the main demographic at the arena that night.
Following the attack, Ariana Grande flew back to America, but she did release a statement in which she said that she would be returning to Manchester for a benefit concert. At the time, details were scarce, but the not too long after, it was confirmed that the benefit concert would be going ahead tonight. The concert has been organised to help raise money for the victims and the families of the victims of the heartbreaking attack that took place. All net ticket proceeds of the show will go directly to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund which was set up by the Manchester City Council in partnership with the British Red Cross, in aid of grieving families and victims of the horrific attack.
Tickets went on sale on Thursday mornng at 10am and sold out in under 6 minutes due to such high demand. Almost 140,000 people were trying to snap up the limited tickets that were on offer for the event.
Who is performing at the One Love Manchester Concert?
Ariana Grande confirmed in a statement that her intention was to return to Manchester to perform at a benefit concert, and she invited a whole host of her friends to join her on stage.
It has been confirmed that Ariana Grande will headline the concert, whilst Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Take That, Niall Horan, Robbie Williams, Black Eyed Peas, and Take That will perorm. We know that Take That will open the show.
What time is the concert?
The concert will take place between 7pm and 10pm this evening from Manchester’s Old Trafford Cricket Club, which has a capacity of 50,000.
How can I watch? Is there a stream?
The good news is the concert is being broadcast on severam different stations and streaming services around the world, so as many people as possible have the opportunity to witness the very special concert. The BBC is the host broadcaster in the UK, and will broadcat the full concert between 7pm and 10pm this evening. Furthermore, ABC and Freeform will be airing the benefit concert over in the US.
In addition to those broadcasters, there are plenty of ways to stream the event if you can’t sit down in front of the television, or are on the go. YouTube, Twitter, and Apple Music are streaming the concert, along with Viacom, iHeart Media, ABC, the BBC, and TMC France, so there are plenty of options out there for you to see the event.
It has been predicted that over 1 billion people will tune in to see the concert worldwide this evening, which is amazing.
You can see the live YouTube stream at the top of this article.
How can I do my bit?
All net proceeds from the event are going towards the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund which was set up by the Manchester City Council in partnership with the British Red Cross, in aid of grieving families and victims of the horrific attack. There is still the opportunity to donate towards the cause, and there is special merchandise on sale. You can find ALL the information you need on the official One Love Manchester website.