Ariana Grande Manchester Benefit Concert Will Go on as Planned

Hours after a second terror attack claimed the lives of at least seven in London, Ariana Grande’s show promoter assures fans her One Love Manchester benefit concert will go on as planned.

“After the events last night in London, and those in Manchester just two weeks ago, we feel a sense of responsibility to honor those lost, injured and affected,” Scooter Braun (Grande’s manager) shared on Twitter. “We plan to honor them with courage, bravery and defiance in the face of fear. Today’s One Love Manchester benefit concert will not only continue, but will do so with greater purpose.”

Following yesterday’s London terror attack, which is the third in the U.K. in three months, Ariana Grande tweeted “Praying for London.”

In a statement, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said that additional security would be in place for today’s 50,000-capacity benefit concert, as well as the testimonial soccer match for Manchester United player Michael Carrick, which is taking place earlier in the day at Old Trafford stadium, close to the gig venue. Over 65,000 people are expected to attend the game.

“We have dedicated resources at both events, with a significant number of officers from both GMP and colleagues from other forces, some of which will be armed,” said Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan, who reiterated the organizers’ advice for fans not to bring bags with them and to expect additional security checks.

Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Take That, Niall Horan, Coldplay, Marcus Mumford, and Pharrell Williams are also set to take the stage at Emirates Old Trafford stadium outside of Manchester. The show is set to begin around 7 p.m. and some 50,000 people are expected.

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