Tuesday, 30 May 2017
Ariana Grande's defiant Manchester tribute gig confirmed for Sunday
Police appear to have confirmed Ariane Grande's defiant Manchester tribute gig will be on Sunday.
Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said the force had been working with the singer’s management team to ensure the gig goes ahead, with Lancashire Cricket Club’s Old Trafford ground thought to be a possible venue. In an interview with BBC Radio Manchester, the senior officer said the pop star’s team were “very keen” to return to the city “sooner rather than later” for a proposed date this weekend but that it clashed with Manchester United player Michael Carrick’s charity testimonial at the nearby football stadium. Mr Hopkins said: “When the idea of the concert came up, the first reaction was we need to speak to the families of the victims and see what they feel. It is fair to say that the majority of them are very much in favour, there are some that clearly aren’t and that is absolutely understandable.
“Ariana Grande’s team were very keen to come back to Manchester sooner rather than later so we have been working with Michael Carrick’s team and working with her team to try and make this happen because clearly we can’t have 65,000 people at Old Trafford for Michael Carrick’s testimonial and 50,000 in Lancashire Cricket Club both at the same time. It would just have caused utter traffic chaos, let alone the security issues for us.