50,000 gather for Ariana Grande’s benefit concert in Manchester

Ariana Grande has returned to the stage in the wake of the Manchester bombings which killed 22 people at her concert just 13 days ago.

The 23-year-old performed Be Alright and Break Free in front of 50,000 adoring fans at the One Love Manchester benefit concert.

She also teamed up with some of the best stars in the world including Miley Cyrus who delivered an emotional rendition of the Crowded House classic Don’t Dream It’s Over.


The Neil Finn-penned lyric ‘we know they won’t win’ was an appropriate sentiment as Manchester recovers from the attack just 13 days ago.

The front section of the Old Trafford Cricket Ground crowd was reserved for those who had been at Grande’s show on May 22.

Take That, who are from Manchester, were among those to perform as well as former member Robbie Williams, who sang his hit Strong with lyrics adjusted to reflect the city as well as his signature tune Angels.

The concert comes a day after attackers targeted the heart of London, killing seven people. Authorities have said the attack started with a van plowing into pedestrians and then involved three men using large knives to attack people in bars and restaurants at a nearby market.

Grande’s manager, Scooter Braun, has called the event a “statement that hatred and fear will never win.”

“Today’s One Love Manchester benefit concert will not only continue, but will do so with greater purpose,” Braun said in a statement. “We must not be afraid and in tribute to all those affected here and around the world, we will bring our voices together and sing loudly.”

Other performers include Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry and Usher.

Check out some of the videos from the concert below: