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03 Jun 2020

One Love benefit concert marks three-year anniversary

Today, Thursday 4 June, marks three years since the One Love benefit concert at Emirates Old Trafford, hosted by Ariana Grande, in memory of the 22 victims and those affected by the Manchester Arena attack.

The concert was arguably the most prolific in the stadium’s history, staged less than two weeks after the attack at Ariana Grande’s gig and highlighted the city’s unity and the power that music has in bringing people together.

The gig saw a sell-out crowd of 50,000 watch the world’s biggest artists put on an unforgettable night of music and entertainment, while millions tuned in on television around the world to join in with the tributes.

Staged at Emirates Old Trafford with just over a week’s notice, the level of work involved to deliver the concert was huge and in usual circumstances, would have taken over six months planning.

Chief Executive, Daniel Gidney, said: “One Love was the biggest and highest risk event that we’ve ever staged at Emirates Old Trafford, and we were honoured to have been a part of it.

“I am immensely proud of the team that we have at Emirates Old Trafford. We all significantly felt the loss of what had happened, which made it challenging as we needed to be in an operationally focused mindset to achieve such a significant amount of work, but also it was incredibly emotional for all those involved in putting together.

“The unity and community spirit across not only Manchester, but the rest of the world was something that was incredibly special and I’m proud that we as a venue could play a small part in what was such an emotional and extraordinary event.

“Our thoughts remain with those that will always be affected by the events of Monday 22 May 2017.”

The benefit concert raised more than £2.5 million for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, a charity designed to help support the victims of the terror attack and their families.

📸 Take a look at our One Love image gallery below 📸