Ariana Grande‘s massive benefit concert in Manchester this weekend could feature “surprise guests”, according to a new report.
Last week (May 22) an explosion at Grande’s Manchester Arena concert left 22 people dead and 59 wounded. Fans were leaving the show when a bomb was detonated by a suicide bomber in a public foyer.
Grande has now announced that she will return to Manchester to headline a special benefit gig this Sunday (June 4) at the 50,000 capacity Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground. As well as Grande, the concert will see performances from Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Usher, Take That, Niall Horan, and others.
Melvin Benn, one of the event’s organisers, told Variety that the event will feature “more than double the security personnel that would normally be at a concert”.
“We’re drilling down on every single bit of detail,” he added. “We’re having liaison meetings with the police teams and the traffic borough teams twice a day, updating plans literally by the hour. We’re going to produce something very safe and very special for those who come.”
According to Variety, he also hinted that “several surprise guests” will also be performing on the day.
Grande says of the news: “My heart, prayers and condolences are with the victims of the Manchester Attack and their loved ones. There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are feeling or to make this better. However, I extend my hand and heart and everything I possibly can give to you and yours, should you want or need my help in any way.”
She continued: “We will not quit or operate in fear. We won’t let this divide us. We won’t let hate win… Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before.”
“Music is meant to heal us, to bring us together, to make us happy. So that is what it will continue to do for us. We will continue to honour the ones we lost, their loved ones, my fans and all affected by this tragedy. They will be on my mind and in my heart everyday and I will think of them with everything I do for the rest of my life.”