The stars were out in force tonight at One Love Manchester.
Hosted by Radio 2 DJ Sara Cox and Strictly Come Dancing’s Ore Oduba, the benefit concert, which took place at the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground, was held to raise funds and support for the victims of the Manchester bombings, which took place on 22 May at Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman tour show in the city.
Throughout the day, celebs and visitors were sharing pictures on social media using the hashtag #OneLoveManchester , which was soon trending worldwide.
— Capital (@CapitalOfficial) June 4, 2017
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) June 4, 2017
— Scott Mills (@scott_mills) June 4, 2017
— Mumford & Sons (@MumfordAndSons) June 4, 2017
If you're attending #OneLoveManchester please be very aware, keep yourself and others safe, most of all HAVE FUN, love beats evil ❤️
— Emily Middlemas (@emilymiddlemas_) June 4, 2017
— Nemo and Vanessa 💜 (@ArianatorIsland) June 4, 2017
— Dan Wootton (@danwootton) June 4, 2017
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— Metro Entertainment (@Metro_Ents) June 4, 2017
I'd love to see all the artists come out and sing "Heal The World" 🌎 😭❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ #OneLoveManchester
— Deano Baily (@DeanoWeekender) June 4, 2017
#OneLoveManchester today is so much more than a reflection of what's happened. This is a statement to show music is a place of unity.
— Roman Kemp (@romankemp) June 4, 2017
Now more than ever we're united in love & strength against intolerance
— BTP (@BTP) June 4, 2017
— Ariana's bae (@purrrianagrande) June 4, 2017
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) June 4, 2017
So happy the #OneLoveManchester concert is happening tonight 🙌
So great to share the love and peace ❤️
— Henry Gallagher (@HenryGallagherx) June 4, 2017
— Ariana Grande Source (@argrandesource) June 4, 2017
— Justin ❤ (@biebervows) June 4, 2017
— Katie Spencer (@SkyKatieSpencer) June 4, 2017
With more than 50,000 fans packed into the venue, the concert opened with an instrumental version of Ariana’s song “One Last Time” which has become something of an anthem for Manchester following the attack that affected so many people.
Poet Tony Walsh, wearing a ‘Forever Manchester’ shirt, took to the stage to give an impassioned speech about the city’s history of unity before Marcus Mumford kicked off the impressive-line up of performances, opening his time on stage by asking for a moment of silence.
He then performed a solo acoustic version of “Timshel”, a song was inspired by a passage in John Steinbeck’s book East of Eden, which describes man’s choice between good and evil.
Take That followed a few minutes later and performed three songs: “Shine”, “Giants” and “Rule The World.” Mid-set, a newly blonde Gary told the crowd:
“We want to stand strong and look at the sky and sing loud and proud.”
TAKE THAT PLAYING THAT HAS BOOSTED MY MOOD IM STILL IN TEARS BUT ITS MAKING ME HAPPIER #OneLoveManchester
— Aiden (@disorientatlon) June 4, 2017
— Melanie Dunsford (@MelDunsford) June 4, 2017
I'm a very emotional person anyway. Like this is already got me going 😭 can't even imagine when Ariana comes out 😭😩❤️🌎 #OneLoveManchester
— Deano Baily (@DeanoWeekender) June 4, 2017
Although not quite the reunion many had hoped for, Gary Barlow’s introduction of Robbie Williams received a huge cheer. He began his set by leading the crowd in a sing-along to “Strong”, changing some of the words to make them personal to the city and people of Manchester. roughly based on his 1998 hit single, Strong:
“Manchester, we’re strong, we’re strong / We’ll still singing our songs, our songs, our songs.”
The singer admitted his voice was was a little bit shot following an emotional gig at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on Friday but he needn’t have worried though as the crowd were more than prepared to help out.
Sing LOUD so the world can hear #OneLoveManchester 🇬🇧
— Debbie Towie (@debbietowie) June 4, 2017
— Luke Jerdy (@LukeJerdy) June 4, 2017
— Rebecca Haslam (@gigtripper86) June 4, 2017
Every hair on my body standing on end listening to this crowd sing. Music has power like nothing else #OneLoveManchester
— Josh Daniel (@JoshDanielUK) June 4, 2017
— Jem Owen (@Jemmikins) June 4, 2017
It was then over to U2, who were performing in the States and, via a video, they paid tribute to the city and people of Manchester. Bono’s passionate speech culminated with him declaring:
“There is no end to grief, that’s how we know there is no end to love.”
Back on stage in Manchester, it was Pharrell’s turn to entertain, and he did just that by launching into a rendition of “Get Lucky,” his 2013 collaboration with Daft Punk, accompanied by dancers and Marcus Mumford, the latter of whom played the song’s signature riff on a white Telecaster.
After the song, Pharrell bowed to the sea of people before him and said:
“I’m bowing because despite all the thing that have been going on in this place, I don’t feel or smell or hear or see any fear in this building. All we feel here tonight is love, resilience, positivity, and you know what, I hate to be corny, but it actually makes me, uh, Miley Cyrus.”
Pharrell then welcome her on stage where the pair performed a duet of his global smash-hit “Happy.”
Taking over from her fellow artist, Cyrus spoke about her Happy Hippie charitable organisation, citing Grande as the first musician who agreed to support it:
“As humans we should always be who we say we are. And Ariana I think has proved that. She says she’s a good role model for so many of you girls out here, and I think she’s proved that by putting this together and allowing all of us to be a part of it.”
She then performed a powerful version of her song “Inspired,” accompanied only by an acoustic guitarist.
One Direction’s Niall Horan walked on stage to rapturous applause before performing his song “Slow Hands.”
He then took a moment to thank the crowd for the welcome he’s always received from Manchester, and, before dedicating “This Town” to the city, he said:
“We love you, and we’re with you.”
Hearing the crowd at the One Love Manchester concert singing This Town makes me so proud of Niall and so happy I grew up with One Direction💕
— Ainslie🌺 (@AinslieBryden1) June 4, 2017
Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande’s manager Scooter Braun then took the stage with other organisers and began by thanking promoter Live Nation, the City of Manchester, the British Red Cross, the BBC, the artists and the audience. Her referred to Grande as “my friend”, adding:
“All of us around the world are so grateful to you for stepping up and taking action.” He then spoke to the audience and said, referring to the terrorist attacks in London Saturday night, “We were challenged last night and you had a decision whether you were going to come out tonight. You looked fear in the face — and you’re here. Manchester, your bravery is our hope. fear will never divide us, because on this day we all stand with Manchester.”
He introduced Grande by recalling how, following the attack:
“She called me and said Scooter, if we do nothing…I can’t live with that. We must do something.’ She’s one of the bravest people I know.”
Grande herself then took to the stage with a beaming smile and wearing a ‘One Love Manchester’ sweatshirt. After performing two songs, she gave way to a video message from Stevie Wonder who said:
“I’m with all of you in Manchester. We all know that love is truly the key. I don’t care what ethnicity you are, what religion you are. Love really is the way. And anyone that tries to make anyone think that things of destruction have anything to do with God, with Allah, they’re a lie. Yes, I stand with you, Manchester.”
The icon then free-styled a song, accompanying himself on a small electronic keyboard.
Little Mix were up next and delivered an energetic and harmony-driven version of “Wings.”
little mix's performance at the one love manchester is just 💯
— jd 💪 (@COOLKIDBYUN) June 5, 2017
Grande then came back out with Victoria Monet and the pair performed their song “Better Days” while sat on the stage dressed in matching jeans and “One Love” sweatshirts.
The Black Eyed Peas – now minus Fergie who recently announced her departure from the band – called on Ariana to help them with a rendition of “Where Is the Love?” and, as the song reached its end, Grande tearfully hugged Will.i.am.
Introduced by Grande who called her “…a singer who’s been one of my idols since I was 11 years old”, Imogen Heap, who is probably best known to non-British fans as Taylor Swift’s collaborator on “Clean”, the closing track on Swift’s album 1989, sat down at a piano to perform “Hide and Seek.”
After a video message from soccer superstar David Beckham, Parrs Wood High School Choir sang Grande’s “My Everything” and the star joined them mid-song, embraced the lead girl as the cameras panned to many people in the crowd weeping.
When the chorus and the little girl and ariana sang my everything at one love manchester I almost burst holding in my tears
— errin 🐍 (@ganseyIives) June 4, 2017
Taking a moment to compose herself, Grande said, “Tonight is all about love, am I right?” and introduced her boyfriend, rapper Mac Miller, who dueted with her on their single “The Way.”
After a solo performance from Miller, Cyrus joined Grande for an acoustic take on Crowded House’s 1986 hit “Don’t Dream It’s Over”, which saw the pair frequently embrace and hold hands. Poignantly, the song ended with the line: “You know they won’t win.”
Grande then made a brief speech thanking the crowd for the unity they’ve shown, and spoke of meeting the mother of Olivia Campbell, one of the young people killed in the suicide bombing. She said:
“I had the pleasure of meeting Olivia’s mommy a few days ago,” she said “And as soon as I met her I started crying and she told me to stop crying, she said Olivia wouldn’t have wanted me to cry.” She then laughed when saying, “She said Olivia would wanted to hear the hits…”
She then performed “Side to Side.”
The tender moment was jarred by a white-clad Katy Perry marching onstage with a forceful “MANCHESTER WHAT’S UP?!” which led into a surprisingly gentle, acoustic version of “Part of Me.” She then amped up the volume again, yelling “We will not be silenced!” and leading the crowd into a powerful rendition of “Roar.”
After a long, dramatic pause, Justin Bieber walked on stage, dressed in a bright yellow hoodie and a red-white-and-blue jacket. He spoke briefly about fighting evil with love, then said: “Maybe I should just play a song?”, to which the crowd responded with a loud cheer. Encouraged by their reaction, Bieber performed “Love Yourself,” on an acoustic guitar, following it on with a rendition of his collaboration with Major Lazer, “Cold Water.”
Grande then took to the stage again for a version of her collaboration with The Weeknd, “Love Me Harder,” which Katy Perry, eating a vanilla ice-cream cone, was seen singing along to from the side of the stage.
Grande was then joined by Coldplay front-man Chris Martin and guitarist Johnny Buckland, and Martin said:
“Ariana, we want to say thank you for being so strong and so wonderful….you’ve been singing a lot for us – and I think we in Britain would like to sing this song to you.”
With that, he delivered a fantastic cover of the Oasis hit “Don’t Look Back in Anger” as Grande led the crowd — who knew every word and were in fine voice – in a sing-along.
Martin and Buckland were then joined by the rest of the band for “Fix You”, which saw fireworks be set off and confetti rain down on the crowd as the track segued into “Viva la Vida” before the group performed their collaboration with The Chainsmokers, “Something Just Like This.”
After days of ‘will-he, won’t he?’ rumours, Liam Gallagher finally put the gossip to bed as he stepped on stage and, together with his band, rolled out a rough and raw version of “Rock and Roll Star,” the first song from Oasis’ 1994 debut album, before breaking into his new single “Wall of Glass.” He then closed out his time on stage accompanied by Chris Martin on acoustic guitar, with a powerful rendition of Oasis’ “Live Forever.”
As the night drew to a close, joined by most of the evening’s performers, Grande took the stage once more and, weeping as she spoke, told the crowd: “Thank you so, so much…I love you”, before she and the other performers banded together to perform a rendition of her hit “One Last Time.”
The star then walked to the front of the stage and closed out the concert the show with a stunning, emotional cover of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” which had everyone either crying or fighting back tears. Before leaving the stage, blowing the audience a kiss, Grande said “I love you so much” and disappeared from view to the cheers and applause of everyone present.
This one got me.😭♥️ https://t.co/WrypzArnZ3
— emma (@emfrankie_) June 5, 2017
— ALI (@AliBrustofski) June 4, 2017