Ariana Grande to Headline Manchester Benefit Concert This Sunday

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Ariana Grande will return to Manchester for a charity concert this Sunday, a publicist told BBC News. The benefit concert will support Manchester Arena bombing victims’ families. The concert will take place at the 50,000-capacity Old Trafford cricket ground and will be streamed live via BBC. According to the Associated Press, Grande will be joined by a host of additional performers including Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Pharrell, and more. Proceeds go to the We Love Manchester emergency fund.

In a statement Friday, Grande spoke on the healing power of music. “When you look into the audience at my shows, you see a beautiful, diverse, pure, happy crowd,” Grande said, marking her first full statement since the bombing. “Thousands of people, incredibly different, all there for the same reason, music. Music is something that everyone on Earth can share. Music is meant to heal us, to bring us together, to make us happy.”

The bombing occurred after Grande’s Dangerous Woman tour stop in Manchester May 22, killing 22 people and injuring more than 100 others. The suspect was later named as 22-year-old Salman Abedi. Multiple arrests have been made in connection with the bombing, including a 23-year-old man in Shoreham-by-Sea Saturday.

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