Musicians from Manchester and round the world have called for unity after the horrific bombing at the Manchester Arena last night. At least 22 people have been killed and 59 injured in the terror attack at the Manchester Arena where thousands were enjoying a gig by American musician Ariana Grande moments before the blast occurred.
Ariana Grande tweeted immediately after the incident “broken from the bottom of my heart, I am so sorry. I don’t have words.”
In the hours following the blast, hundreds of tweets and message were posted by artists from across the world offering their support and condolences with the victims and their families.
Artists were also very quick to call for unity following the tragic event. Manchester born grime artist Bugzy Malone tweeted “I’m devastated by what has happened, my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected. Manchester today we stay strong and united”.
The united response among musicians was in stark contrast to the message carried in a few irresponsible statements and press column inches which used the horrific incident to demonise the Muslim community.
Music has always been a powerful tool for uniting communities. It is crucial that artists continue to play a leading role in bringing people together at this difficult time and not allow those who want to promote racism and division to prosper.
Love Music Hate Racism offers our deepest condolences to all the victims and their families who were caught up in the Manchester Arena blast last night.