Ariana Grande to play Manchester benefit concert at Emirates Old Trafford this weekend

Ariana Grande will return to the UK for the benefit concert this weekend. Picture: PA.
Ariana Grande will return to the UK for the benefit concert this weekend. Picture: PA.

International music stars will join Ariana Grande at a benefit concert for victims of the Manchester Arena attack on Sunday.

Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Take That, Usher, Pharrell Williams and One Direction star Niall Horan will perform at the One Love Manchester gig at Lancashire Cricket Club's Old Trafford ground in the city.

Fans who were at Grande's show last week, where 22 people died and dozens more were injured, will be offered free tickets to the event.

All net ticket proceeds of the show will go directly to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, set up by Manchester City Council in partnership with the British Red Cross.

The fund's total currently stands at £6m with Red Cross chief executive Mike Adamson praising the Grande's "gesture of solidarity".

He said: "It will help raise funds to support the survivors and the families who tragically lost someone last week.

"This event is an opportunity for people to come together and celebrate things that unite us - music, humanity and the will to do something to help others."

Concert-goers are asked not to attend Old Trafford cricket ground with bags.

Earlier on Tuesday, Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said the force had been working with the singer's management team on the "finer details" to ensure the gig goes ahead.

In an interview with BBC Radio Manchester, the senior officer said the pop star's team were "very keen" to return to the city "sooner rather than later" for a proposed date this weekend but that it clashed with Michael Carrick's charity testimonial at the nearby football stadium.

Mr Hopkins said: "When the idea of the concert came up, the first reaction was we need to speak to the families of the victims and see what they feel. It is fair to say that the majority of them are very much in favour, there are some that clearly aren't and that is absolutely understandable.

"Ariana Grande's team were very keen to come back to Manchester sooner rather than later so we have been working with Michael Carrick's team and working with her team to try and make this happen because clearly we can't have 65,000 people at Old Trafford for Michael Carrick's testimonial and 50,000 in Lancashire Cricket Club both at the same time. It would just have caused utter traffic chaos, let alone the security issues for us.

"So yesterday I was speaking personally with Michael and his team who, I have to say, have been brilliant in trying to come to a compromise around enabling us to make sure that both go ahead."

Tickets for the show will go on sale on Thursday at 10am. The gates for Sunday's concert will open at 6pm on Sunday.

The concert will be broadcast live on BBC TV and radio as well as Capital Radio and streamed online with a digital partner yet to be announced.

BBC director-general Lord Tony Hall said: "Bringing the nation together, the BBC is proud to be broadcasting what will undoubtedly be a moving tribute to the victims and their loved ones."

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