Ariana Grande Returns to Manchester After 2017 Terrorist Attack

Published February 26th, 2019 - 10:00 GMT
Grande will perform at a new 9,000-capacity outdoor venue (Source: arianagrande / Instagram )
Grande will perform at a new 9,000-capacity outdoor venue (Source: arianagrande / Instagram )

Ariana Grande has been announced as the headline act of Manchester Pride 2019 as she prepares to return to the city two years on from the 2017 terrorist attack.

According to the BBC, she will perform at a new 9,000-capacity outdoor venue, which is situated at an old railway depot on Sunday August 25.

The star, 25, first returned to Manchester to headline the One Love gig in June 2017, two weeks after 22 people died and hundreds were injured in a suicide attack at her Manchester Arena show.

The gig aimed to raise funds for the families of victims of the terror attack.

Ariana made the brave decision to return to the city for the benefit concert, which raised more than £17 million, and saw the entire audience that attended her previous show in attendance. 

The concert saw all manner of stars take to the stage at the Old Trafford cricket ground, including Coldplay, Katy Perry, Liam Gallagher, Justin Bieber and Robbie Williams.  

The singer will return to headline the LGBT+ event, while on a break from her Sweetener tour.

Manchester is no doubt dear to Ariana's heart and last June, she was offered an honorary citizenship of Manchester by the city council.

Ariana has had a lot to deal with - she was left heartbroken when her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller was found dead last September following an accidental drug overdose.

And two months after that, she split from her fiancé Pete Davidson, who faced his own personal demons.

On a professional level, Ariana is riding high - her album, Thank U, Next is number one and her two singles Thank U, Next and Seven Rings are at the top of the charts.

She told fans in Manchester in December that she would be returning, saying: 'We are of course coming and we love you.' 

A source previously told The Sun: 'Manchester holds a very special place in Ariana's heart and she's made it clear she wants to do whatever she can for the city.

'She was in talks to ­perform at Manchester Pride this year but ­unfortunately they just could not make it work due to various reasons down to space and security.

'It is going to be really ­special if it does work out, particularly given how much Ariana means to everyone in the city.'



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