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Todays post is very picture and word heavy but it is such an important post that really needs to be done justice. One Love Manchester, the charity concert for the victims of the Manchester terror attack. The concert not just our nation but the world was watching. The day Manchester stood up together against terrorism with the world behind it.
If you follow me on Instagram you will already know I was lucky enough to get tickets for One Love Manchester. It is such an amazing way to raise money and to show support for Manchester.
In the run up to the show I was a little anxious after the horror in Manchester just 2 weeks before, but felt ok about going and taking Ellie. The morning of One Love Manchester we woke to the awful news that there was another terror attack in London. Deciding to go was a difficult decision. Showing our respect, solidarity and defiance was so important and on the day that won for us.
Tony Walsh opening One Love Manchester with his now infamous “This Is The Place” Manchester poem.
Marcus Mumford leading a minutes silence for the victims before performing Timshel. I have seen Mumford & Sons quite a few times so it was different to see Marcus on his own. He is a brilliant musician and a great start to the show.
Take That performing Shine, Giants and Rule The World. You’ll already know I’m a huge Take That fan (if not read about that here) so I was always going to enjoy seeing them. Being from Manchester themselves I’m so glad they were on the setlist. Their set was really upbeat and everyone was up dancing.
Robbie Williams performing Strong / Manchester We’re Strong and Angels. I love the change of lyrics and hearing the entire crowd chanting along. In the run up there were whispers of him singing with Take That, I’m glad he didn’t. It might have taken away from what the day was actually about.
Pharrell Williams performing Get Lucky with Marcus Mumford and Get Lucky with Miley Cyrus. Although I’m not a fan of Pharrells music it is upbeat and got the crowd dancing along.
Naill Horan performing Slow Hands and This Town. Ellie is a big Niall fan so she was happy to see him at One Love Manchester. He came across as very humble and genuine.
After a speech from Scooter Braun which was very moving and so relevant after the two attacks Ariana Grande came on to the stage. Her sets were intermixed with all the other artists throughout the day. She sang Be Alright, Break Free, Side to Side and Love Me Harder. She is amazing to see live! Such an incredible voice and such a sweet, lovely person too. Her speeches throughout the day were so heartfelt and moving, I was brought to tears more than once.
Little Mix performing Wings. The girls are great live and again kept it upbeat and energetic.
Victoria Monet performing Better Days with Ariana Grande.
Black Eyed Peas performing Where Is The Love with Ariana Grande. Despite being 14 years old I don’t think you could find a more relevant song. It could have been written especially for One Love Manchester. It definitely brings a lump to your throat seeing it live in this setting.
Imogen Heap performing Hide and Seek.
Parrs Wood High School Choir performing My Everything with Ariana Grande. The choir are beautiful singers and so brave performing to such a big audience. This was one of the most moving moments of the day.
Mac Miller performing The Way and Dang with Ariana Grande.
Miley Cyrus performing Inspired and Don’t Dream It’s Over with Ariana Grande. Despite her “wild child” press Miley is a brilliant singer and seems genuinely upset at the awful attacks.
Katy Perry performing Part of Me and Roar. Damn she can sing live!
Justin Bieber performing Love Yourself, Roots Bloody Roots and Cold Water. Ellie is a big Justin Bieber fan so seeing him at One Love Manchester was a great experience for her. He seemed genuinely upset at the attacks and it was moving to see him so upset.
Coldplay performing Don’t Look Back In Anger, Fix You and Viva La Vida. I’m generally not a Coldplay fan but they are an amazing band to see live. Chris Martin is an amazing singer and musician and the show they put on is incredible. I did quite a good job of keeping myself together through all of One Love Manchester but this is the point where I lost it. Chris Martin on his knees singing Fix You was my tipping point!
Liam Gallagher performing Rock n Roll Star, Wall Of Glass and Live Forever. One Love Manchester couldn’t have picked a better Mancunian to perform! Liam is probably one of the most famous singers to come from Manchester. It is disappointing Noel didn’t come too, but like with Take That, it might have made the day about them.
The finale, Ariana Grande performing One Last Time and Somewhere Over The Rainbow. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the crowd!
One Love Manchester was such an emotional day and it is a day I will never forget. We stood as one, showed our respect and we were defiant. We sang loud and proud, we danced, we hugged and we cried. Every artist performing was amazing. The crowd were amazing. The atmosphere was like nothing I have ever experienced.
What you didn’t see on the TV was the atmosphere, so strong you could almost touch it. The crowd were calm, there was no pushing or surging to the stage. Everyone looked out for one another. Grown men lifted strangers children on to their shoulders so they could see. Strangers hugged as they sang. It wasn’t a sad day, the music and the crowd made it uplifting and upbeat. We were strong and happy to be there.
The music never stopped, once the TV cameras stopped filming we carried on singing. We sang queueing to get out of the grounds, we sang walking the streets and we sang on the buses and trams.
I am so grateful and proud both me and Ellie got to be a part of One Love Manchester.
If you haven’t already please, please donate to the We Love Manchester fund here.