One Love Manchester’s ‘act of defiance’ raises £2m for charity

UK Music

UK Music has hailed the One Love Manchester concert as ‘an act of defiance’ as a range of stars came together to raise £2m in donations for charity.

The likes of Coldplay, Liam Gallagher, Imogen Heap and Take That were among the huge names united onstage for the event at the Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester last night (4 June).

Grande and her management team, along with promoter Live Nation, were among those who organised the live gig in the space of just a few days.

The event was staged in response to the suicide bomb attack following the US singer’s concert at Manchester Arena on May which killed 22 people.

It was given further resonance as a result of the terrorist attack at London Bridge on Saturday which killed a further seven.

UK Music chief executive officer Michael Dugher was a guest of Live Nation chief operating officer Paul Latham at the event.

He said: ‘It was humbling to be among the thousands of people who were directly affected by the terrible attack. This was an act of defiance in the face of terrorism and a gesture of solidarity with all those affected.

‘This show was testament to the great things which music can achieve – its healing powers, its fundraising abilities and its ability to bring people together. I would like to thank Live Nation for making it possible.’

With the £2 million raised in donations and text-pledges, more than £10 million has now been raised for the British Red Cross’s We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.

PRS director Imogen Heap was among the performers who gave a rendition of her song Hide and Seek as part of the event.