Ariana Grande Plans Manchester Benefit Concert For Next Weekend

Christina Lee | May 27, 2017 12:05 pm
Stars React: Manchester
Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, Rihanna and more pop stars react to the suicide bombing at Ariana Grande's concert.

Ariana Grande vowed to return to Manchester in her first long statement since a suicide bomber detonated outside Manchester Arena.  “We will not quit or operate in fear,” she said in a statement released May 26. She also announced a benefit concert to raise money for the 22 victims and their families.

If a recent report is true, though, then she will be there much sooner than anyone would reasonably have expected. TMZ says that Ariana will headline her benefit concert on Sunday, June 4 — a week from tomorrow. Until then, her camp, run by manager Scooter Braun, has reportedly been booking friends in the industry, “some of the biggest names in music.” The concert will be held at a major arena, but not Manchester Arena.

Ariana has officially suspended her Dangerous Woman tour. According to her statement, though, she isn’t retreating from the public eye anytime soon. “I don’t want to go the rest of the year without being able to see and hold and uplift my fans, the same way they continue to uplift me,” she said. “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.”

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