In the wake of pain and sadness after the bombings in Manchester, England, a long list of musicians came together last weekend and played to a huge open air crowd for One Love Manchester to benefit the victims of the terror attack there last month.
First thing to mention is the list of artists who performed, with (for me) the highlight being Coldplay's amazing and effortless rendition of Oasis's "Don't Look Back In Anger" which has become a sort of anthem, in the wake of the recent attacks in the UK.. (watch the performance below, it's so good!).
By now you may know the line-up was pretty heavy hitting...Coldplay, Liam Gallagher (who called his brother out for not showing up), Mumford's Marcus Mumford, Black Eyed Peas, Pharell Williams etc etc, who all performed to the 50,000 sold out crowd. Ariana Grande, who organized the show, extended a free ticket invite to all those who attended the original Manchester show that fateful night of the bombing...an extremely nice touch.
For those artists didn't perform, they still showed their support by being there in virtual spirit with this video message that was shown on the big screen...and although I admit to not being able to name all of the musicians, I loved the message and the reception it received. Especially poignant is the initial message given by Halsey at the very start and toward the end by Twenty -One Pilots too. Check it out below.
Music's biggest stars unite to send messages of support to those affected by the Manchester attacks. Visit the BBC Music website for more videos from the One Love Manchester Concert http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p054q63t
When the whole thing ended, the benefit raised a reported $2.6 million in donations over a three-hour period to specifically assists victims of the attack. Add that on to the $13 million already raised for the cause and I have to believe all this giving will make a difference to the healing process. One can hope.
Chris Martin and Ariana Grande perform Don't Look Back In Anger at One Love Manchester. Visit the BBC Music website for more videos http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p054q63t