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Grande announces Manchester concert as fundraiser nears £2m


Ariana Grande will return to Manchester for a special benefit concert to be shown live on BBC One on Sunday.

Some of the proceeds will go towards the Manchester Evening News’ ‘We Stand Together’ campaign. The fundraiser – for families of those killed or injured in the bomb attack at Grande’s Manchester Arena concert last Monday – is nearing a new target of £2million.

The MEN appeal had an initial target of £250k

The initial target, set at £250k, was surpassed within hours and has been raised several times since. Justin Bieber, Coldplay and Katy Perry will join Grande at The One Love Manchester show at Emirates Old Trafford.

The three-hour concert will be broadcast live on BBC One, from 6 to 9pm, as well as on BBC Radio and Capital Radio.

The show will raise money for those affected by the attack, which left 22 dead. Grande is offering free tickets to fans who were at her Manchester Arena show.

BBC director general Tony Hall said: “Bringing the nation together, the BBC is proud to be broadcasting what will undoubtedly be a moving tribute to the victims and their loved ones.”

Tickets for the tribute concert go on sale on Thursday, with prices yet to be announced.

Proceeds will go to the We Love Manchester emergency fund, which has been set up by Manchester City Council, in conjunction with the British Red Cross. Organisers expect at least £2m to be raised from the event.

Grande sent a tweet with details of the gig, with the One Love logo featuring the bunny ears she is known for wearing. Her manager Scooter Braun also tweeted, with the message: “We stand with you.”

The kick-off for Manchester United player Michael Carrick’s charity testimonial, taking place in Manchester on the same day as the tribute concert, has now been moved to an earlier time so it does not clash with the concert.

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