A night of magic, emotions and love organised in the short space of two weeks by Ariana Grande herself, gathered all types of artists for this charity concert that will be remembered for a long time. After the tragedy that took place in May at the Manchester Arena following an Arianna Grande concert, she came back to England with friends to help raise funds for victims through the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, which as of now has raised over £2m on the night.
Including acts such as the Black Eyed Peas, Pharrell Williams, Take That, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and Liam Gallagher amongst many others, both performing as well as attending – the night was filled with songs, love and unity. Knowing that each artist had no opportunity to hold rehearsals, each went about in their own way to perform their songs, giving them the chance to sing with fellow musicians and mix up song interpretation. All held important messages of love over fear/empowerment through their songs as well as statements, asking the crowd to put their hands up, chant and dedicating them to the victims.
“Manchester, we’re strong, we’re strong, we’re strong/We’re still singing our song, our song, our song.” – Robbie Williams, Strong (2017 version)
“If I go tomorrow, just know I’m yours/’Cause what we got is worth fighting for.” – Ariana Grande, My Everything
“Throw your sticks and your stones, throw your bombs and your blows/But you’re not gonna break my soul.” – Katy Perry, Part of Me
“Don’t look back in anger, I heard you say/At least not today” – Oasis, Don’t Look Back In Anger
Whilst Musically Speaking focuses on bringing you artists and music which may not hit your radios, I’d like to take a moment to congratulate all the artists involved, even though we tend not to discuss them, this act of defiance as well as bravery from them coming together to raise funds is incredible. Past concerts like ‘Live Aid’ (1985) or ‘Concert For Hurricane Relief’ (2005) amongst others just shows the power that music has in bringing people together, creating a force that cannot be defeated no matter what. We saw the same thing in Paris following the terrible attacks in November 2015, acts like Sting reopening the Bataclan, U2 paying tribute to the victims during a concert only a month after and Eagles of Death Metal’s return to the venue to finish their set.
The response of Manchester, these artists, the video of policemen dancing with crowd members, tearful and joyful attendees as well as Ariana Grande will be remembered on this special day. As Chris from Coldplay sings: “Lights will guide you home, and ignite your bones, and I will try to fix you” – these artists have just done that with the power of music, of love, of peace and will continue to do so for many years to come.