It was a gig like no other. 50,000 fans turned out to join an all star line-up to remember the Manchester Attack on 22nd May. Fronted by Ariana Grande, acts including the Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Take That, Robbie Williams, Justin Bieber, Niall Horan, Little Mix and Pharrell Williams united the crowds in a showstopping night at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground.
Tributes were also paid to victims of the London terror attack which took place at the weekend and the stadium fell silent for a minute’s silence to honour all the victims.
Emotions were high with speeches from the Manchester mayor, Tony Walsh’s ‘One Love Manchester’ poem reading and heartfelt tributes from the artists themselves at the start of each set.
“We’re all here, we’re all together and we are one. We will not be separated”
– Black Eyed Peas
“Tonight is about remember those that suffered so much on that night. But also celebrating the spirit of this great city – it’s a place we all love”
– David Beckham
Fans were treated to a night of songs to remember from a poignant Black Eyed Peas ‘Where Is The Love?’ to moving Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’ and a special surprise appearance from Liam Gallagher.
Ariana hosted the night and joined fellow singer Miley Cyrus on stage for a duet of ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ and comforted the Parrs Wood choir during their rendition of ‘My Everything.’
“It’s not easy to always choose love. But love conquers fear and love conquers hate. And this love that you choose will give you strength, and it’s our greatest power “
– Katy Perry
“What a better way to fight evil than to fight evil with good?”
– Justin Bieber
The night closed with Ariana being joined on stage by all artists to perform ‘One Last Time’ before an a chilling rendition of ‘Over The Rainbow.’ The gig is set to raise over £2 million for the charity and is a gig no-one is likely to forget.
“I want to thank you so much for coming together, and for being so loving and strong, and unified. I love you guys so much. The kind of love you’re displaying is the medicine the world needs right now”
– Ariana Grande