Justin Bieber on stage at One Love Manchester
Justin Bieber on stage at One Love Manchester

Ariana Grande's One Love Inspires Courage Through Song

Sunday's One Love Manchester spectacular concert was in part a throwback to the Summer of Love.

With an oversized cast of 50,000, the assembly cast evil and hate to the wind with a mantra of “love” and “understanding” and a line-up unlikely to stand together on a single stage again.

It should be noted that FYI reported a much larger capacity attendance that didn't take into account the space needed for the main stage and sound towers.

Up to 14,000 of those who attended Grande's May 22 concert were given free tickets to attend Sunday's show, with some persuaded to attend by their affection for the pop star, and despite their very real concerns about security.

The benefit concert and television special was organized by 23-year-old American singer Ariana Grande, her manager Scooter Braun and event producer Live Nation at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in the British northwestern city.

Guest stars included Justin Bieber, The Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Marcus Mumford, Niall Horan, Little Mix, Katy Perry, Take That with Robbie Williams, Imogen Heap, Pharrell Williams, and Liam Gallagher who predictably got snippy when brother Noel failed to show up for what could have been an uneasy truce for the Oasis team leaders.

Proceeds from the event benefit the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, which was established by the Manchester City Council and the British Red Cross following the May 22 bombing, which killed 22 concert goers and injured more than 100.

The funds will go to help the victims and their families.

The British Red Cross reported it received more than C$17 million in donations in the 12 hours following the concert.

Despite time zone differences, networks from at least 50 countries broadcast the concert live, which was simultaneously streamed live on various platforms, including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. CTV fed the show on its main channel and across several other affiliated platforms, including the Virgin Radio network, and Rogers did a live feed on its Kiss radio stations nationally.

Armed police surrounded the venue to form a “ring of steel” but took time to pose for photographs with fans while Tesco employees handed out free sandwiches and crisps to fans waiting to enter the venue.

A minute's silence was held before Marcus Mumford opened the concert, at the request of Mumford, in memory of those killed both in Manchester and London.

After Grande's first performance of the night, Stevie Wonder appeared via video link.

After Imogen Heap's performance, a video of prominent Manchester footballer David Beckham reading a poem dedicated to the city was played.

Videos of other artists and celebrities, including Anne-Marie, The Chainsmokers, Clean Bandit, Bastille, Blossoms, Circa Waves, Camila Cabello, Chance the Rapper, Dua Lipa, Nick Grimshaw, Halsey, Jennifer Hudson, Kendall Jenner, DJ Khaled, Kings Of Leon, Demi Lovato, Sir Paul McCartney, Shawn Mendes, Rita Ora, Sam Smith, Sean Paul, Twenty One Pilots, U2, and the players of Manchester United and Manchester City declaring their solidarity with Manchester were also shown.


  • "Timshel" (performed by Marcus Mumford)

  • "Shine" (performed by Take That)

  • "Giants" (performed by Take That)

  • "Rule the World" (performed by Take That)

  • "Strong" (performed by Robbie Williams)

  • "Angels" (performed by Robbie Williams)

  • "Get Lucky" (performed by Pharrell Williams and Marcus Mumford)

  • "Happy" (performed by Pharrell Williams and Miley Cyrus)

  • "Inspired" (performed by Miley Cyrus)

  • "Slow Hands" (performed by Niall Horan)

  • "This Town" (performed by Niall Horan)

  • "Be Alright" (performed by Ariana Grande)

  • "Break Free" (performed by Ariana Grande)

  • "Love's In Need of Love Today" (video by Stevie Wonder)

  • "Wings" (performed by Little Mix)

  • "Better Days" (performed by Victoria Monét and Ariana Grande)

  • "Where Is the Love?" (performed by The Black Eyed Peas and  Ariana Grande)

  • "Hide and Seek" (performed by Imogen Heap)

  • "My Everything" (performed by Parrs Wood High School Choir and Ariana Grande)

  • "The Way" (performed by Ariana Grande and Mac Miller)

  • "Dang!" (performed by Mac Miller and Ariana Grande)

  • "Don't Dream It's Over" (performed by Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande)

  • "Side to Side" (performed by Ariana Grande)

  • "Part of Me" (performed by Katy Perry)

  • "Roar" (performed by Katy Perry)

  • "Love Yourself" (performed by Justin Bieber)

  • "Cold Water" (performed by Justin Bieber)

  • "Love Me Harder" (performed by Ariana Grande)

  • "Don't Look Back in Anger" (performed by Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland and Ariana Grande)

  • "Sit Down"/"Fix You" (performed by Coldplay)

  • "Viva la Vida" (performed by Coldplay)

  • "Something Just Like This" (performed by Coldplay)

  • "Rock 'n' Roll Star" (performed by Liam Gallagher)

  • "Wall of Glass" (performed by Liam Gallagher)

  • "Live Forever" (performed by Liam Gallagher, Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland)

  • "One Last Time" (performed by Ariana Grande with everyone)

  • "Over the Rainbow" (performed by Ariana Grande)





Sources: various including The Mirror, BBC, Wikipedia, organizers

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