Fans gather for Manchester tribute concert

Hauwa Abubakar, UK

Music lovers at the Ariana Grande “One Love Manchester” concert have expressed mixed emotions.

The concert was held in honour of the people killed in a bomb blast during her musical concert at the Manchester Arena two weeks ago.

The artist who was supported by many other notable acts including; Justin Bieber, Katie Perry, Miley Cyrus, Coldplay, Black Eyed Peas, Robbie Williams and Liam Gallagher expressed heartfelt gratitude to  her fans amid sobs during some of her performances.

“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,” she said.

She also sang “You are my everything” with children from Parrs Wood High School choir.

The moving rendition of the lyrics by the students left many audience in tears, including Grande.

The artists had messages of peace as they enjoined audience to stay united in the face of global terror with a note that good must always overcome evil.

As the show drew to an end, Grande was joined on stage by the other stars as she sang “One Last Time”  and “Over the Rainbow.”

Many audience who spoke to local media expressed their mixed feelings at the concert.

Some said at some point they were excited and at other points, they felt sad as well especially when they remembered victims of the Manchester arena attack and when songs were dedicated to them.

The music lovers and performers were not deterred by the terror attack in London the night before, as they braved their way to the concert, displaying their unity even in troubled times.

Many wore t-shirts with inscriptions “We love Manchester” and “One Love Manchester”.

Organisers said £2m was raised in support of victims and families through text and online donations.