A chorus of the most famous names in the music industry came together in Manchester on the fourth of June at the request of Ariana Grande, to support the families left devastated by the terrorist attack that targeted the American singer’s concert in the northern city two weeks ago.
Guest stars included Justin Bieber, The Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Marcus Mumford, Niall Horan, Little Mix, Katy Perry, Take That, Imogen Heap, Pharrell Williams, Robbie Williams, and a surprise performance by Liam Gallagher as well as numerous appearances by 23-year-old Grande herself .
“Love conquers fear and love conquers hate and this love that you choose will give you strength, and it’s our greatest power,” as Perry put it.
Proceeds from the event benefit the ‘we love Manchester emergency fund’, which was established by the Manchester city council and the British Red Cross following the 22 may bombing, which killed 22 concert goers and injured more than 100.
The funds will go to help the victims and their families. The British Red Cross reported it received more than £10 million ($13 million) in donations in the 12 hours following the concert. Despite time zone differences, networks from at least 50 countries broadcast the concert live, which was simultaneously streamed live on various platforms, including twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
Below are highlights from the One Love Manchester Show.
Grande welcomed the 50,000-strong crowd to the Old Trafford Stadium.
Robbie Williams joins his former band mates from Take That on stage.
Robbie Williams changed the lyrics to his 1997 hit ‘Strong’ to: “Manchester, we’re strong, we’re strong, we’re strong. We’re still singing our song, our song, our song.”
Miley Cyrus performed ‘Inspired’.
Niall Horan on stage, performing his single ‘This Town’.
Grande with the Black Eyed Peas on stage, who performed their song ‘Where Is The Love’.
Grande and Cyrus on stage, where they performed a cover of the 1986 Crowded House hit, ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’.
Stars show their support as they wait in the wings.
The security forces showed a supportive and strong presence at the highly publicized event.
Police were a reassuring presence at the event, stopping to chat and encourage young show goers.
Cyrus hands out flowers to the crowds following her performance.
The fundraising event saw $2 million raised for the victims’ families.
An attendee poses with armed police officers.
The crowd, many of whom were in attendance at Grande’s Manchester Arena gig, turned out to show their support for the city.
Grande performs with the Parrs Wood High School Choir. Many of the young members of the choir were present at Grande’s Manchester Arena concert.
The Old Trafford crowd.
The front row of attendees at the benefit concert.
A show goer embraces a member of the police outside the venue.
Grande duets with Victoria Monet on stage.
One of the many homemade signs.
Little Mix performs their hit ‘Wings’.
Grande embraces her boyfriend Mac Miller on stage after her duet with him.
Justin Bieber performs ‘Love Yourself’ on his guitar.