Last night, the Manchester Arena was packed out by people of all ages to see Ariana Grande. At the end of her set, a bomb went off. As details become clear of what happened in the Manchester attack, the music world has united in support for those affected.
Ariana Grande, in the midst of a world tour, played to a full M.E.N Arena last night. The crowd had a of people in attendance, from school kids to adults to see a singer they adored. As the performance reached its end around 10:30pm, a bomb was set off causing confusion and panic.
It was later confirmed that the incident was indeed a terrorist attack, claimed by ISIS. So far, it’s resulted in the death of 22 people and at least 120 injured, with many still missing.
— The Cheap Thrills (@CheapThrillsTCT) May 23, 2017
The Great Manchester Police are releasing the details of those who died in the blast, including 8-year-old, Saffie Rose Roussos from Leyland, Lancashire.
Liverpool cab drivers offered to go to Manchester to bring those from Merseyside home, while others in Manchester have been opening their homes.
Meanwhile, festivals across the UK have united in a 24-hour social media blackout, out of respect to those affected.
For the next 48 hrs we will be silent in sympathy with those that lost their lives or were injured by the devastating attack in Manchester. pic.twitter.com/odhIm4WruA
— Reading & Leeds Fest (@OfficialRandL) May 23, 2017
Musicians and celebrities across the globe have been showing their support through social media.
— B L O S S O M S (@BlossomsBand) May 23, 2017
Manchester pop legends, Take That were scheduled to play in the Echo Arena tonight but have decided to postponed. Idle Frets posted that 50% of the sales made at their merch stand in Cardiff tonight and online will go towards helping.
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A vigil is scheduled to take place at Albert Square in Manchester at 6pm outside the Town Hall.
Our thoughts go out to all affected by last night’s attack. Going to a gig is a time when we come together for an evening where we see our heroes and idols, who we share a love for and experience some of the best moments in our lives. To go and have that safe space violated in such an awful way is devastating.
Seeing everyone share their thoughts on last night’s events shows that in adversity, fear won’t divide us but makes us stronger and come together.
No one should ever go to a gig and not come home.