05 June, 2017
Fans gathered in Manchester for a star-studded charity concert on Sunday, recalling victims of a suicide bomb attack following an Ariane Grande concert last month and vowing to face down fears of terrorism less than 24 hours after an assault in London claimed seven lives.
The sold-out "One Love" benefit follows another deadly attack that rocked London late Saturday when three men drove a van into a crowd before stabbing people in nearby bars and restaurants.
The "One Love Manchester" benefit concert, organized by Ariana Grande and her team and featuring performances from Grande, Justin Bieber, Coldplay and several other A-list stars, kicked off today and is being broadcast in dozens of countries around the world.
"Fear will never divide us because on this day we all stood with Manchester", Braun said.
"All artists involved have been unwavering in their support this morning and are determined to carry on with the show", he wrote on Twitter.
As details emerged of Saturday's terror incident, Grande responded with a tweet: "Praying for London".
Liam Rees, 18, from South Wales, revealed he had given a spare ticket to the Old Trafford concert to Kellie Royle, 41, who had helped him and a friend get home after the Manchester attack.
The Greater Manchester Police say more than 130,000 people are expected in the area for the benefit concert as well as a soccer match.
Fans flocked to the Old Trafford cricket ground for the concert, some posing with police officers while supermarket staff handed out free snacks.
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Fans were urged not to bring bags in order to speed up searches as people entered the concert.
"Today's One Love Manchester benefit concert will not only continue, but will do so with greater objective".
Grande appeared on stage after her manager Scooter Braun delivered a message to the singer's fans and the victims of the attack.
Braun's words are as courageous as the singer herself.
Jaden also shared pictures of the pop star at her bedside.
The superstar brought each a sunflower and a teddy bear, according to Lauren Thorpe, whose eight-year-old daughter, Lily, suffered a shrapnel wound in her back as a result of the bombing.
Grande, who described herself as "broken" following the May 22 bombing, immediately returned to the U.S., interrupting her Dangerous Woman world tour.
Insisting that the concert now has an even "greater purpose", he assured that the victims of the London Bridge attack will also be in the hearts and minds of those attending.
Garner, who lives in central Manchester, added that she had felt a community spirit in Manchester since the bombing: "It's just so strong". Look at what we're doing today and how important that is!
"Seeing you guys coming together was a sight to behold, we love you, we are with you, the whole world is watching", he told the crowd. "So that is what it will continue to do for us".