Though the Manchester One Love concert brought together such music superstars like Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber, the event made sure to honor those who weren’t there. Before show began, all of the 60,000 fans held a moment of silence for the 22 people killed in the terrible terrorist attack.
Before the sounds of celebration and resilience were to fill Manchester on June 4, the crowd of fans at the Old Trafford ground fell silent. Though the thousands of people there were about to have their spirits raised by performances from Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Take That and more, they all bowed their heads in respect for those killed in the May 22 attack. It was a powerful display of love and devotion to those who survived the attack, and those whose lives were tragically cut short in a moment of hate.
22 people were killed on May 22 after Salman Abedi, 22, detonated a ball-bearing bomb near the exit of Manchester Arena, as fans were leaving an Ariana Grande, 23 concert. Those whose lives were tragically cut short were (per The Telegraph) Megan Hurley, 15, Philip Tron, 32, Courtney Boyle, 18, Wendy Fawell, 50, Elaine McIver, Eilidh MacLeod, 14, Chloe Rutherford, 17, Liam Curry, 19, Sorrell Leczkowski, 14, Nell Jones, 14, Martyn Hett, Michelle Kiss, 45, Jane Tweddle-Taylor, 50, Marcin Klis, 42, Angelika Klis, 40, Kelly Brewster, 32, Olivia Campbell, John Atkinson, 26, Alison Howe, 45, Lisa Lees, 47, Saffie-Rose Roussos, 8, and Georgina Callander, 18.
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More than 100 people were also injured in the terror attack, and Ariana couldn’t just stand by and do nothing. “Music is meant to heal us, to bring us together, to make us happy,” she said in an open letter posted to her social media accounts, per Variety. 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.”
So, she put together a show featuring Justin Bieber, 23, Miley Cyrus, 23, Niall Horan, 23, Usher, 38, Pharrell Williams, 44, Katy Perry, 32, Take That, Black Eyed Peas, and Coldplay. All net ticket proceeds will go to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, set up by the Manchester City Council in partnership with the British Red Cross. The fund will benefit the victims of those killed in the attack, as well as those victims who managed to survive the horrific event.
Our thoughts continue to go out to all those affected by this horrible tragedy.