Survivors To Sing Alongside Ariana Grande At One Love Manchester Gig
Manchester has shown great strength in the face of adversity since the bombing at an Ariana Grande concert on 22nd May.
The tragic event killed 22 people, ranging from the age of eight to 50, as a suicide attacker detonated a device in the foyer of the city's arena towards the end of the gig.
The incident, which also injured more than 100 people and affected thousands more, will now see some of those who survived, including school children, perform at a special concert this weekend.
Ariana announced last week that she would return to the city to visit her friends, having immediately flown back to America to be with family in the wake of the attack.
During that same statement, Ariana also said that she would perform a benefit concert to help raise money for the families of the victims.
This tribute has now been named 'One Love Manchester' and will feature a star-studded line-up which includes Justin Bieber, Black Eyed Peas, Take That, Coldplay and Katy Perry. It will take place on Sunday 4th June at Emirates Old Trafford - the home of Lancashire County Cricket Club.
The tickets went on sale on Thursday morning and sold out within minutes.
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In a further announcement, it is understood that pupils from a local primary school - who were at the Manchester Arena gig - will perform during Ariana's set.
Twenty-four pupils from Parrs Wood High School's Harmony Choir have been chosen to sing with Ariana, and teacher Daniel McDwyer told The Times he was 'delighted' the children would be involved.
He said: "So, so proud. Love you, Manchester. Going to be such a beautiful tribute."
Shaunna Burns, 17, will be performing after initially winning her tickets to go and see the gig. She said: "It's so surreal. You do not think one second you are going to see a performer and then the next be on stage with her."
She added: "We've had a different look on everything now because we fortunately did get out safe and unharmed and we want to do as much as we can for people that didn't. It's given more motivation just to help."
Whereas many are welcoming the idea of the concert, others are not so keen. Freya Lewis, 14, was hit by flying shrapnel, and left with multiple fractures, lacerations and burns. Her dad believes the timing is 'insensitive'.
Writing on the school's blog, he said: "Freya caught a little bit of TV this morning, we've been making sure she doesn't see the news.
"Unfortunately, we didn't manage to stop her hearing mention of the Ariana charity concert on Sunday night which she found very distressing.
"The concert is a great idea and the support of the artists is fantastic, but the timing so soon after the bombing, in our opinion, is insensitive at best."
Coldplay will also be performing. Credit: PA
The concert will be broadcast live on BBC TV and radio as well as Capital Radio.
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