Published: Mon, June 05, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

Manchester benefit concert to go ahead despite recent London terrorist attack


"It's just devastating, especially when we're coming together just to kind of bring some kind of community and unity, especially with what happened in Manchester only a few weeks ago, for something to happen again last night, it's just really upsetting, it's really sad". In a statement, Braun said of the victims and those affected, "We plan to honor them with courage, bravery and defiance in the face of fear".

Grande emerged onstage for the One Love Manchester concert Sunday, held at the city's Old Trafford cricket ground.

"We must not be afraid and in tribute to all those affected here and around the world, we will bring our voices together and sing loudly".

Police had warned concert-goers of additional checks after Saturday's attacks in London that left seven dead when a van plowed into pedestrians and three attackers stabbed people.

He added, "All artists involved have been unwavering in their support this morning and are determined to carry on with the show". "We weren't sure about coming today, were we?"

It will also honour those who have been affected by the London attack which took place on June 3.

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A benefit concert for the Manchester bombing victims will still take place but security will be stepped up following the London attack, police have said.

The US star, who was performing at Manchester Arena on 22 May when suicide bomber Salman Abedi killed 22 people, is due to return to the city tonight for a huge benefit gig for the victims.

Greater Manchester Police's Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan confirmed there would be both armed and unarmed officers at the event.

The statement also reminded people that the current threat level in the United Kingdom is "severe", which means an attack is highly likely.

Eighteen people have been arrested so far and 12 men remain in custody for questioning over the Arena bombing.

Following the London attack Grande tweeted an emoji of a heart, and wrote: "Praying for London".

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The kick off time was moved from 4pm to 2.30pm to accommodate the concert.

The concert was being broadcast in Britain by the BBC, which said networks in 38 other countries would also broadcast the show.

She is being joined by some of pop's biggest names including Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Robbie Williams, Pharrell Williams, Miley Cyrus, Take That, Usher, the Black Eyed Peas, Little Mix and One Direction's Niall Horan.

All proceeds from the worldwide distribution of TV rights for One Love Manchester will go towards the "We Love Manchester Emergency Fund", set up by Manchester City Council in partnership with the British Red Cross.

Freeform will air the full concert live at 2 p.m. ET, while ABC will air a one-hour highlight special following its NBA Finals game later that same evening.

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Another witness called Gerard said the suspects stabbed a series of people near Borough Market and shouted, "This is for Allah". The trio were pictured wearing what appeared to be explosive vests, with Scotland Yard later confirming they were hoaxes.


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