Grande, Coldplay, Perry to Perform Sunday in Manchester

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Singer Ariana Grande will return to Manchester (U.K.) for a benefit concert this Sunday, June 4. The performance would be less than two weeks after the terrorist attack that claimed 22 lives on May 22 at the Manchester Arena. An explosion just outside the venue took place moments after the singer had left the stage.

In the days following the attack, Grande had vowed to return to the city, in a number of social media posts. She has reportedly gotten other big name performers to join her at the Old Trafford cricket ground. The BBC reports that some of the names are said to include Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Pharrell and Usher.

At 11:30 a.m. today (May 30), she formally announced the concert via twitter.

Related: Musicians express grief over Manchester bombing

On May 26, Grande penned a long letter to her fans, which said in part: “We will not quit or operate in fear. We won’t let this divide us. We won’t let hate win. Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before.

“I’ll be returning to the incredibly brave city of Manchester to spend time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honor of and to raise money for the victims and their families.”

In the aftermath of the attack, Grande had postponed dates of her Dangerous Woman tour through June 5. Her website indicates that the tour will resume on June 7 in Paris with European dates continuing through June 17. The tour then picks up in South America on June 29 and continues through July 19 in Mexico. After another break, Grande travels to the Far East for dates in August. An Australia and New Zealand leg is in September.

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