Sunday, 25 June, 2017

Minute's silence as star-studded Manchester concert gets underway

Emilio Banks | 06 June, 2017, 06:37

Cheers drowned out tears in Manchester on Sunday as Ariana Grande was joined by fellow music stars for a charity concert where fans vowed to face down fears of terrorism after two deadly attacks in Britain.

Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Robbie Williams, Take That, Liam Gallagher, and Little Mix were among those who hit the stage, as fans held "We stand together" and "For our angels" signs.

Watch video footage of the mistake below, as reported by Digital Spy.

Ariana's mother Joan, who was instrumental in helping get young fans to safety after the Manchester attack, was also present at the One Love Manchester gig, walking through the crowds and urging fans not to be scared.

As of late Sunday morning few of the other performers had tweeted in response to the London attack.

"I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being here today", Grande said between songs.

After all, the performance was being live-streamed across the world so will.i.am could have been addressing London.

Marcus Mumford of Mumford and sons opened the show with "Timshel", followed by the Manchester pop group Take That. "She said Olivia would have wanted to hear the hits".

US President Donald Trump came under fire on Sunday for criticising London's mayor in the aftermath of attacks in the city that killed seven people and injured at least 48 others. Texts cost £5 plus your standard network rate, with 100% of your donation going to the We Love Manchester Fund. "All we feel here tonight is love, resilience, positivity", Williams said before he launched into his hit song, "Happy" with an assist from Miley Cyrus.

"And this is so lovely, you guys made that decision, you looked fear right in the face and you said "no we are Manchester and the world is watching".

The May 22 attack at Grande's Manchester concert killed 22 and wounded dozens more. She added: "I love you guys so much, and I think that the kind of love and unity that you're displaying is the medicine that the world really needs right now".

Grande was all about love during the concert as her 25-year-old boyfriend Miller joined her on stage.

Grande performed the final song for the evening, a patient, minimalist rendition of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow".

On Friday, Grande visited some of her injured fans at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

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