The One Love Manchester benefit concert saw some of the world’s biggest musical stars come together in a wonderful display of unity and solidarity with the victims of the tragic Manchester bombing on May 22nd. The show was given a greater sense of purpose after Saturday’s barbaric attack in London’s Borough Market.
Stars including Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Pharrell Williams, Liam Gallagher, Take That, Robbie Williams and Black Eyed Peas supported Ariana Grande in what was an emotional and heartfelt occasion. In which artists and cultural figures, including David Beckham lead tributes to those affected by the attacks.
Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun took to the stage to say “This tragedy has made us all throw away our divides, our differences, our politics, our adult nature and look to our children. Manchester, your bravery is our hope. You joining us here today with so many watching around the world sends that message spoken by Olivia Campbell-Hardy’s mother, Charlotte that her daughter and all of the others lost will never be victims.”
The event was attended by 50,000 people and was the UK’s most watched televised programme of the year with an average of 10.9 million people tuning in. It was also broadcast to over 50 countries around the world. This symbolic event raised over £2 million for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.
In light of these recent atrocities, we believe that the One Love Manchester concert was a beautiful act of unity and defiance. It sends a clear message, that people will not be divided by hate, and that bringing people together in the spirit of unity and love is one of the most powerful messages that knows no boundaries.
Our thoughts are with the victims and families of those affected by the tragic attacks in Manchester and London. Fear and hate will not divide us. Love conquers all.