Ariana Grande has returned to the stage in Manchester, just two weeks after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at her concert in the city.
Tragically, seven people were killed yesterday in another terror attack, on and around London Bridge, before this tribute to the victims of the last terror attack could even be staged.
The attacks clearly aren’t having their intended effect, however, as more than 60,000 people turned out to Old Trafford to watch Grande, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Robbie Williams, Pharrell Williams, Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Manchester’s own Liam Gallagher perform.
Grande kicked off her set with her hits ‘Be Alright’ and ‘Break Free’, holding hands in solidarity with her dancers before the performance.
Grande also covered Crowded House’s Don’t Dream It’s Over (presumably chosen for the lyric, ‘We know they won’t win’) with Miley Cyrus.
Cyrus also performed ‘Happy’ alongside Pharrell Williams.
“I don’t feel or smell or hear or see any fear in this building,” Williams said.
“All we feel here tonight is love, resilience, positivity.”
Grande returned to the stage to cover Oasis’ ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ with Chris Martin.
Aside from Grande herself, it might have been former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher who earned the biggest cheers, closing his set with ‘Live Forever’. The heavily-rumoured Oasis reunion didn’t eventuate, but Gallagher was joined by Chris Martin for the song.
Proceeds from the show will go to those impacted by the attack at Manchester Arena on Monday 22 May, in which 22 of Grande’s fans were killed and more than 100 were injured.
“The kind of love and unity that you’re displaying is the medicine that the world really needs right now,” Grande told the crowd.
“Manchester, I love you with all my heart.
“Thank you so, so, so much.”