Former 1D star Niall Horan praised Manchester for ‘rallying together’ following terror attack as he performed at One Love charity gig [BBC]
Addressing the crowd, the former One Direction star said: “I’ve been lucky enough to travel all over the world and every time I come back to Manchester I’m addicted to this place.
“You guys make everyone who comes from out of town feel so welcome and we really appreciate that so when I see you guys all rallying together last week it was a sight to behold and it was incredible.
“I don’t really want to ramble on too much, so we love you, we’re with you, all of us who are here are with you,” he continued.
Ariana Grande returned to stage in Manchester less than two weeks after a terror attack took place after one of her shows [BBC One]
The Irish singer, 23, concluded by dedicating his track Our Town to the people of Manchester.
Take That opened the gig at the 50,000 capacity venue this evening (June 4) in a line-up also including Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, The Black Eyed Peas and Miley Cyrus.
All proceeds raised will be going towards a special fund set up for the families and the victims of the Manchester Arena attack which saw 22 people killed and 120 injured when a suicide bomber set of an explosive device after Ariana Grande performed at the venue on May 22.
Robbie Williams was among the performers in the star-studded line-up at the Manchester One Love charity gig [Getty]
In response, Ariana along with her manager Scooter Braun, decided to stage Manchester One Love less than two weeks after the atrocity in the north west of England.
The concert – which sold out within just six minutes of tickets going on sale – is happening just one day after the horrific terror attack at London Bridge, where a van hit pedestrians on London Bridge at around 10pm on Saturday night before three men got out and stabbed people around Borough Market.
Scooter Braun has issued an emotional statement following the horror incident.
After the events last night in London, and those in Manchester just two weeks ago, we feel a sense of responsibility to honor those lost, injured, and affected. We plan to honor them with courage, bravery, and defiance in the face of fear. Today's One Love Manchester benefit concert will not only continue, but will do so with greater purpose. 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. I am pleased to say we have the full support of Greater Manchester police and the government and are assured the safety of all those attending is the highest priority. All artists involved have been unwavering in their support this morning and are determined to carry on with the show. We ask the strong city of Manchester and the world to join us in making the statement that hatred and fear will never win. Today we stand together. Thank you.
Taking to Twitter, Scooter wrote: “After the events last night in London, and those in Manchester just two weeks ago, we feel a sense of responsibility to honour those lost, injured, and affected.”
Insisting that the concert now has an even “greater purpose”, he assured that the victims of the London Bridge attack will also be in the hearts and minds of those attending.
Caring Ariana also took time to visit some of the young victims who were still be treated in a local hospital.