Ariana Grande returned to Manchester for the first time since 2017.
The singer headlined the Manchester Pride Festival, making it her first appearance in the city since her One Love benefit concert following the tragic bombing. Through the Red Cross, the event raised funds for the victims and their families.
In 2017, a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured 250 others outside the arena as fans were leaving Grande’s show.
“on our way to manchester pride. love u so much. can’t wait to give u all our love. you’re my heart in every way. see u soon,” Grande wrote on Twitter before her performance.
on our way to manchester pride. 🖤🖤🖤 love u so much. can’t wait to give u all our love. you’re my heart in every way. see u soon. 🌫
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) August 25, 2019
The pop star told fans she was “completely overwhelmed” during the set. “I’m so happy to be with you, so thank you for having me,” she told the crowd, according to the UK’s Press Association (PA). “Sorry, I’m so nervous. I had so much more to say, but I’m really very overwhelmed. So thank you.”
“Obviously Manchester holds a very special place in my heart,” she added.
Grande opened up her nine-song set with “No Tears Left to Cry,” the first single she released after the terror attack.