One Love Manchester.

by - June 06, 2017

On the 4th of June, 50,000 people came together in honour of the victims who lost their lives on the 22nd of May at Ariana Grande's Dangerous Woman tour, after a suicide bomber made his way in to the arena, breaking the worlds hearts by taking such young innocent lives away from us. Not only did it affect the whole of the UK, but every other country in the world. For 3 days after the bombing, social media came together to search for the missing people and get them home safely to their families. We was fortunate to receive the news of some children being reunited with their families and/or being found in hospital recovering from their injuries, however we also received heart breaking news that many of the missing faces had unfortunately passed away immediately or in hospital fighting for their lives. Ariana Grande and her team was absolutely distraught about the situation, as we all was, and Ariana being the beautiful soul that she is, told her manager Scooter that they couldn't just sit and do absolutely nothing. So, Ariana got on the phone to some of her favourite artists, asking them to take part and that's how One Love Manchester became the most anticipated, most treasured event to ever happen to 2017.

The One Love Manchester benefit concert aired in 50 countries all over the world, letting us all unite in music together. There was a total of 13 million viewers spreading their peace and love, celebrating some of the greatest music with so many iconic musicians of all genres. My family and I sat for 4 hours embracing the music and the love that was surrounding the stadium, singing along to all the incredible songs that so beautifully fit the show.

As you have probably noticed, I have decided to switch up my blog again so welcome to 'Breakfast At Shelbys'. I thought this post would fit perfectly to kick off my blog. I couldn't imagine uploading anything other than this, it just wouldn't feel right. So again, welcome to my blog and I hope you enjoy this post of reliving the legendary concert that we was blessed to witness last night. We are with you Manchester.

Marcus Mumford

Marcus Mumford graced the stage first with a moment of silence to remember the victims of the devastating Manchester terror attack. He then moved everybody in the crowd, leaving some in tears, with his very emotional rendition of  'Timshel'.

Take That

Take That was second to be welcomed to the stage and they kicked it off with 'Shine', which worked perfectly as the sun was shining over the crowd, most likely our angels watching from above. They then asked the crowd if they all felt like 'Giants', which I'm sure they all did, as did all of us watching on TV or listening through the radio. We've beat those terrorists by coming together, showing them that they will never win, they will never scare us, we will always be bigger. After Giants, they then finished up their set with the most relevant song of the show so far, 'Rule The World'. The UK will forever rule the world after last night, we're stronger than ever now and will always be in unity through all the bad and all the good. Take That then introduced their previous bandmate, Robbie Williams to the stage.

Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams entered the stage in style wearing his fabulous Justin Bieber tour jumper, singing a new rendition of his 1998 song 'Strong' using the lyrics "Manchester, we are strong". It was a beautiful moment for the crowd, as they all united to sing the lyrics, giving me and probably the whole world goosebumps. He then sang the most fitted and iconic songs in honour of the victims, 'Angels'. The crowd again, came together to sing to all the angels in the sky making the atmosphere in the stadium spectacular, and even leaving Robbie with tears in his eyes.

Pharrell Williams

Long time no see! Pharrell hit the stage with his hit song 'Get Lucky', picking the crowd's spirits back up after an emotional moment with Robbie. He then knew that the crowd needed some happiness back in to their life, with lead to another one of his hit singles 'Happy' with the help of my biggest idol and everybody's favourite, Miley Cyrus. Pharrell changed some of his lyrics to "Manchester, we'll be just fine". The crowd was really jamming out at this point, not letting the events sadden them any further, they decided to let loose and come together for some fun.

Miley Cyrus

Miley then took over from Pharrell, performing an unreleased song from her upcoming album, 'Inspired'. Miley has been idol for 12 years and has an absolute heart of gold. She has been so incredibly supportive towards Manchester and Ariana from the second news of the terror attack had been released.

“I just want to take a second to look around at all of you. I want to wrap my arms around each and every one of you and thank you from the bottom of my heart. For me the most important responsibility we have on this entire planet is to take care of one another. Look at what we’re doing today and how important that is! I started Happy Hippy because I wanted to encourage other people to fight for what is right, and that’s how Ariana and I became as close as we are because she was the first artist to say yes to be a part of the movement that I wanted to create. She says that she’s a good role model for so many of you girls and I think that she's proved that by putting this together. Everyone getting back on your feet, I am so proud of you."

Miley looked like an absolute angel on stage and her vocals surrounded the stadium blissfully, leaving everybody emotional once again, including herself. The lyrics fit so beautifully for the event and I truly felt inspired to live life to the fullest after hearing these words. I hope everybody else is feeling just as inspired, we never know how every day is going to treat us.

Niall Horan 

Niall stole the crowds hearts with his brand new single 'Slow Hands', keeping the stadium upbeat and singing along word for word. Niall then dedicated his debut single 'This Town' to Manchester and it was the most beautiful thing ever. Let's just say all the Niall fans and new comers were all falling head over heels in love at this point. He was so grateful to be able to be a part of the show and that's why I love Niall, he looked so incredibly proud not only at Ariana, but also the crowd for coming together and showing no fear.

Little Mix

"The song we have chosen to do for you guys we wrote together a few years ago in the hope it would empower people to stand together and to not let anything bring them down."

Little Mix were asked by Ariana to join One Love just days before and although they only performed the one song, boy did they put on an amazing show as always! LM are very strong hearted when it comes to tragedies in occurring in the world, they're always right there to support those who need it. The girls performed their debut single 'Wings', and the lyrics couldn't have been more meaningful. Spread your wings with the angels who lost their lives and do everything you ever want to do in life. If you can dream it, you can do it. I'm incredibly proud of my Queens for being a part of such an iconic evening, slaying the crowd with their vocals and for looking ever so beautiful!

Katy Perry   

'Love conquers fear and love conquers hate'

Katy Perry looked angelic as she came on the stage in all white. Fun fact: The pattern on her dress is actually pictures of all the victims from the Manchester terror attack. She started off her set with an acoustic performance of her empowering song 'Part of Me' and then sped it up with her anthem 'Roar', the whole crowd becoming fighters.

Justin Bieber

Getting Justin Bieber to perform was only necessary since Ariana's manager is the reason he is the heart throb that he is, right? Justin came on look casual as ever with just him and his guitar. Instead of performing up beat songs with his back up dancers, he decided to keep it acoustic with two songs 'Love Yourself' and 'Cold Water'. Both songs were sung so beautifully and Justin's vocals during Love Yourself completely blew me away. Being a long time Justin fan, he definitely just keeps getting better and better. Justin gave his fans a little encouraging space going something like "God is good is the midst of the evil. God is good in the midst of the darkness. He loves you."  He also got the crowd to chant 'love' with him, before continuing his speech and welling up in the midst. He truly did Manchester proud, it was nice to see his vulnerable side.


Coldplay started their set with the beautiful and relevant 'Fix You', yet another powerful and emotional performance setting the crowd off in tears. They then sang their 2008 hit 'Viva La Vida' lifting everybody back up with such empowerment. They finished their set with their newest single ft The Chainsmokers 'Something Just Like This' which is such a banger and really got the crowd going. What an amazing set over all!

Ariana Grande

Now let's talk about the hero of the night, the angel that got all of these amazing artists and 50,000 fans together in the space of just one week. Ariana came on midst show after her manager, Scooter Braun, gave such a beautiful speech to the crowd. She started off her set with 'Be Alright' which was incredibly fitting and she even changed the lyrics to "Manchester, we're gunna be alright". Be Alright is such a positive and uplifting song, it was definitely the perfect opener. She then sang her iconic hit 'Break Free' which got her and the crowd dancing all over the place, she also changed another set of lyrics to "we're stronger than we've been before", another great song to perform, we've all definitely broke free from the pain and turned it in to love.

Ariana was then joined by Victoria Monet for their beautiful song 'Better Days' which has lyrics such as; "So how we gonna stop the violence, stop the hurting? Stop the hatred, stop the murders. We're all human, that's for certain. Come together, we deserve it." 

We was then blessed with what was the more relevant song of the night by the Black Eyed Peas and a little help from Ariana, 'Where Is The Love'. I don't think there is a more fitting song than this one. The lyrics even mention terrorism which of course, is the reason why we all came together the way we did. It was such a stunning performance and I would definitely say it was my most favourite performance of the night.

The most adorable school choir came on to the stage for a sensational performance of Ariana's song 'My Everything', even being joined by Ariana half way through to finish the song. It was truly a gorgeous moment to witness, they was all just so star struck and grateful for the opportunity, they was a very lucky and incredibly talented bunch.

After the school choir, Ariana was joined on the stage with her boyfriend Mac Miller, who has just been such a rock to Ariana and I honestly couldn't be more thankful towards him for his support and love. They performed Ariana's debut single 'The Way' and one of Mac's songs 'Dang!', Ariana was so high spirited on the stage with Mac and the way he was looking at her with so much support in his eyes like he was saying "you've got this, you can do it!" was just absolutely heart melting. And the little kiss at the end, eek cuties!  

The next performance was very special to me, as two of my longest idols came together to sing 'Don't Dream It's Over' after 2 years. Ariana introduced Miley Cyrus to the stage, which was pretty hilarious... If you watched, you'll know what I mean! I just love how Miley constantly kept doing/saying little things to make Ariana laugh and smile as much as possible. It was such a highlight and I just sat in adoration over these two angels and realised why I call them my idols. They just have the biggest hearts you could ever ask for and I love them so much.

Ariana told us that she had recently spoke to Olivia Campbell's (one of the Manchester victims) mother and she said that Olivia would want Ariana to perform her hits, which then made Ariana laugh because she announced the next song she would be performing was 'Side to Side', and if you've heard that, you'll know the lyrics aren't exactly the most appropriate for the event but it's what Olivia would've wanted and that's the priority. The crowd absolutely slayed Nicki Minaj's part, it was amazing to watch the crowd rap away like they did! I can just imagine Olivia doing that in heaven whilst watching. Another hit song Ariana performed was 'Love Me Harder', the crowd again sang along so loudly, including me and it just felt to celebrate with some hits because it just proves that with such a heavy heart, we can still make something positive out of it and have fun. These terrorists just will not win, no matter how hard they try.

One Last Time has become the honorary song for the Manchester victims, as it would've been the last song most of them heard/sang along too. On Sunday, Ariana and her team re-released OLT, which you can purchase here. All the musicians who took part in the One Love show joined the stage to support Ariana with performing One Last Time, the song holds a complete new meaning and Ariana definitely showcased that as she gave the most flawless and emotional performance ever. Hearing Ariana sing this one brought tears to my eyes and seeing her become emotional after holding it in for so long, we all definitely needed a good cry. Ariana did us all and the victims proud, I couldn't be more proud if I even tried. She's truly the best idol to ever come on to this earth.

Ariana then closed the show with the most beautiful rendition of  'Somewhere Over The Rainbow', which she will be releasing as a charity single very shortly. Ariana was overcome with emotion by the end and had to stop before her 50,000 fans cheered her on to finish. I wouldn't be surprised if this performance becomes one of her most defining, as she belted out note after note even with so much emotion building up inside of her. She is the most strongest soul out in the world at the moment, she knew she had to do something and what she's done will go down as the most iconic concert to ever be broadcast on TV.

What did you all think to the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert? What was your highlight of the show? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. I live in Manchester so I know all the emotion and how tense it has been lately. I haven't been to the concert but heard so much about it! xx corinne

    1. Wow. You definitely know first hand! I wish I could have attended the concert, however, having the opportunity to watch it on TV was glorious! Xx

  2. what a great post! I wish i could have attended the concert and be able to be part of the whole atmosphere!

    1. Thank you!
      Me too! It would've been incredible to experience live but watching through the TV was just as an amazing experience!

  3. This was such a powerful statement and I loved every second of the concert. Loved reading through your post. Really nicely done.
    Lea, xx

    1. It was wonderful wasn't it? I couldn't get enough of it! Thank you, Lea xx

  4. I'm so glad the concert was on TV so we could all get involved! I was so emotional.

    1. I never expected it to be shown on TV, just shows the lengths Ariana went to make sure this was the most memorable night ever! It was a very emotional evening x

  5. Brilliant post. This was such a moving experience. x

    1. Thank you, Kathryn. :) It's definitely changed the way I look at life x

  6. I didnt go to the concert but I do live in MCR and everyone I speak with knows someone who has been effected its such a tradegy. I have however gone and paid my respects and will be getting a tattoo! x
    Lola Mia //

    1. I wish I could've gone to the concert! Manchester is an incredible place, I've been twice and would return over and over again. That is amazing, you will have to update me when you get your tattoo! Much respect for you x

  7. It's amazing how people come together in wake of a tragedy. I watched the concert on telly and that was moving enough, I was blinking back tears all the way through -- I would have been a wreck if I was there in person! Ariana has inspired so many people with her strength and compassion. She didn't need to step up the way she did, and it's amazing how much hope she's inspired in everybody.
    Juliet |