The news of a concert being sold out is usually pretty terrible for fans who didn't grab their tickets in time. However, the fact that it has been officially announced that Ariana Grande's One Love Manchester benefit concert was sold out in six minutes literally brings tears to our eyes. It's been estimated that the show will rake in over 2.5 million dollars and all of the proceeds will go to the victims and their families of the Manchester bombings that took place over a week ago.
Ticketmaster released a statement after the venue was completely booked saying, "was unsurprisingly met with remarkable demand for One Love Manchester tickets we had on sale this morning – 140,000 fans were on the website and our call centre was buzzing. With over 450,000 searches on our site for One Love Manchester over the last 24 hours, demand was always going to be extremely high."
This is truly incredible.
While fans are looking forward to the concert and watching some of Hollywood's biggest stars on stage in one night, there will be several others in attendance who really should be the ones honored – the survivors of the attack. These survivors will reportedly be able to get into the show for free.
There's only one upsetting detail about the ticket situation. A few people who bought their tickets from a resale site and cannot find the original booking reference number are being denied a free pass.
One mother wrote on Facebook, "I've been trying to find the original purchaser on Facebook, but I've had messages from other people who were there last Monday who don't want to go to the benefit concert. They've said they're going to claim for the free tickets anyway then I can buy them off them – I thought that's unfair, people are going to be making a hell of a lot of money out of this, when that's not what it was about. The poor children who have had to witness it all – it's just such a shame."
Since her post, Ticketmaster put out a statement saying that they are trying their best to make sure everyone who was at the original show and can verify their information can secure a ticket. Our fingers are crossed that they keep this promise and vow to try and verify everyone that they can before showtime.
There were 22 people and several dozen others that lost their lives in the attacks after Ariana finished performing at the Manchester arena for her Dangerous Woman tour. Fans were spilling out of a venue when a suicide bomber took his own life and the lives of innocent concertgoers. The night which had been filled with laughter, music, and fun just moments before had turned into a total nightmare.
In the days after the attacks, celebrities sent their condolences to Ariana, her team and all of the people affected by this terrible accident.
Ariana's manager, Scooter Braun, released a statement and his own reflection of what had been going in the past few days after the bombings. Ariana's mother, Joan Grande, had done the same. The message was clear, they would not let this hate override love.
Ariana penned an emotional letter to her fans which read:
The benefit concert she talks about seems like it is going to be a huge success. It's set to take place tomorrow, June 2nd at the Emirates Old Trafford stadium in the city of Manchester. While Ariana will headline the concert, other major celebrities have offered their talents at the show including Miley Cyrus, Niall Horan, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, The Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay, Usher, and Pharrell.
The concert is set to be something that no one will ever forget. Between 6-minute sell out, to inviting survivors back to the incredible line-up of performers – one thing is for sure. When those terrorists tried to provoke fear in Ariana's fans, it didn't work.
They are back in Manchester and ready for the music.