Ariana Grande healed the wounds of Manchester as she hosted her One Love concert at the Emirates Old Trafford.
Pop-star Ariana returned to Manchester 13 days after her concert at the M.E.N. was heinously targeted by terrorists, who claimed the lives of 22 people.
The so-called terrorist group Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, yet the reaction that has followed by the occupants of Manchester and the world reinforced that hatred will not prevail.
The One Last time star enlisted acts such as Justin Bieber, Take That, Black-Eyed Peas, Katy Perry and the surprise act of Liam Gallagher among many others, to wipe away fear and unite Manchester with love and peace.
The awe-inspiring concert saw tributes paid to the victims of the attack, with Ariana’s own promise that she would do it for her 22 angels that could not be present.
The U.K. was only just recovering from the Manchester attacks, before it was hit yet again last night but this time in London.
Seven people have been confirmed as killed with an additional 48 injured, after three terrorists in a van ran-over civilians on London Bridge before stabbing bystanders around Borough Market.
Yet despite the attacks in London, commentators believed it was vital the concert went ahead, Ariana’s manager, Scooter Braun said on stage: “You looked fear right in the face and you said, No, we are Manchester, and the world is watching.”
Elsewhere, Piers Morgan was forced to eat his slice of humble pie after apologising to the American popstar on twitter, following negative comments he made about her in the wake of the Manchester bombings.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 4, 2017
Sorry: Piers Morgan Apologises to Ariana Grande on Twitter
Outside the concert, the message of peace and unity was further being reinforced by organisations such as The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball foundation for peace organisation. The foundation was set up in the memory of the boys Tim and Jonathan who lost their lives to IRA terrorism in 1993.
A volunteer of theirs named Debra, stated to me: “We are here to signpost people to places if they need help, or any victims of terror who wish talk.
“I think for the psychology of the country I think it is extremely important that the concert take place, especially in light of what happened last night in London, right of the cusp of this tonight.”
You can see my extended interview with Debra Below.
Despite performing in the face of adversity, the One Love concert galvanised the nation and brought in unparalleled viewing numbers with 11 million people tuning in to watch the concert on BBC1.
As quoted in the Radio Times, BBC studios said: “It’s now the biggest non-sporting live programme in BBC iPlayer’s history, with 1,078,000 requests to watch, even more than the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics 2012, the previous record holder.”
Tracks from the night have also been uploaded to iTunes, with an expected top 10 dominance predicted.