Article: Niall Horan joins One Love Manchester Benefit
June 4, 2017: Niall Horan is scheduled to perform at Ariana Grande One Love Manchester’ Benefit concert today where he will likely perform his hit single “This Town” among others he has recently released. He will be joining many other musical artists including Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Take That, Usher, and Pharrell Williams at Lancashire Cricket Club’s Old Trafford ground in the city.
This event is a culminating response to a horrific act which occurred on May 22th, when a bomb killed 22 fans and injured more than 100 others, many of them children, at the Ariana Grande’s concert at the Manchester Arena. Following the terrible event, the survivors, the families of the victims, and city of Manchester as a whole demonstrated great courage, dignity, and generosity. Tweets were posted online from people searching for their loved whom they had lost contact with during the incident. These tweets were RTed thousands of times in an effort to help with the search. Thousands of tweets were also posted from people offering help to those stranded in the area in the form of car rides, cell phone recharging, tea, food, shelter, and even a bed for the night. The following day the people of Manchester continued to provide support to the victims by donating blood, by assisting people that had remained stranded and by rallying around the families of the victims. The city of Manchester came together the following day at St Ann’s Square for the memorial event, during which following a minute of silence the crowd spontaneously started singing “Don’t look back in anger” by The Oasis. On May 25th a minute of silence was observed worldwide in remembrance of the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing.
Music artists from all over the world also responded to the Manchester bombing with tweets of support and other acts of respect for the victims:
“Broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.” Ariana Grande
“Sending all my love to every single family at the Manchester show last night. So upsetting.” Louis Tomlinson
“To see what has happened in Manchester makes me really sad. My thoughts are with those that are experiencing such tragedy at this time x” Liam Payne
“Absolutely Horrendous what happened in Manchester tonight. My thoughts are with the great people of Manchester and also Ari and her team xx” Niall Horan
“I’m heartbroken over what happened in Manchester tonight. Sending love to everyone involved. H” Harry Styles
Ariana Grande also posted a letter to her fans on social media commending their courage and asking not to give in to fear: “Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before.”
Harry Styles had a scheduled concert in Mexico the day following the attack. Harry introduced two major changes to the show to show respect, love and support for the victims, their families, and the whole city of Manchester. First, he chose to perform a short setlist made only of acoustic songs, instead of the full set list he had been performing, and second, he performed wearing black jeans and a t-shirt, instead of the flashy outfits he had been wearing at the other shows. Harry started the show with a speech and a moment of silence:
“I just want to say one thing before we start. Thank you so much for being here tonight. I know a lot of you have flown a long way. I really appreciate you being here. When I booked this show, I wanted to celebrate with you guys. I’ve played some of my favourite shows in Mexico, and it felt right to come and celebrate with you, but tonight doesn’t feel like a night to celebrate. Last night, there was a tragedy in my hometown of Manchester, and I have been left with a hole in my heart. I went to my first show in the arena, and I’ve had some of the best experiences of my life playing in Manchester. We have a choice, every single day that we wake up, of what we can put into the world, and I ask you to please choose love every single day. I promise that we will be back very soon to Mexico with a full show, but tonight, if it’s OK with you, we’re going to play a small acoustic set. I hope you understand, and I hope you’ll join me in a moment of silence for the victims and for the families of the victims in Manchester today. Thank you for understanding. I love you very much.”
Tickets to the One Love Manchester event were sold out within minutes of the sale launch. Additional tickets were made available for free to any of Ariana’s fans that attended the Manchester Arena concert the night the bombing occurred. Proceeds from the event will benefit the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, (established by the Manchester City Council with the British Red Cross after the Manchester Arena bombing), which will help the victims and families of those who lost their lives or were injured at the concert on May 22th.
So far, nearly £6 million has been raised. Donations to help it climb can be made to the Just Giving “We love Manchester” Emergency Fund the British Red Cross or on the @TwitterLive which will have a tab on their LIVE stream where you can make a donation during the event.
The One Love Manchester will be streamed at @TwitterLive or @ArianaGrande, on Grande’s Facebook page and on YouTube. MTV and BBC1 will also livestream the benefit concert starting at 6:55 pm GBT (1:55 pm USA EST).