Ariana Grande vows to ‘honour terror victims with courage, bravery, and defiance’ as she takes to the stage alongside Miley Cyrus to rehearse for Manchester One Love concert

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 Ariana Grande has defiantly vowed to carry on with her One Love concert this evening as security is stepped up following the country’s second terrorist attack in two weeks.

The singer was pictured rehearsing on stage alongside Miley Cyrus, as her manager Scooter Braun said the Manchester gig now has a ‘greater purpose’ than ever.

The star-studded event with Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Coldplay among those on the line-up will take place at Manchester’s cricket ground, with police pledging to tighten security even further.

As her manager urged the public to stand together, the singer was pictured rehearsing on stage alongside Miley Cyrus

As her manager urged the public to stand together, the singer was pictured rehearsing on stage alongside Miley Cyrus

Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus, pictured wearing cowboy boots, have been pictured rehearsing on stage

Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus, pictured wearing cowboy boots, have been pictured rehearsing on stage

The singer has defiantly pledged to carry on with her concert, amid heightened security measures

The singer has defiantly pledged to carry on with her concert, amid heightened security measures

Ready to perform: Miley posed in front of a One Love billboard after she finished rehearsing with Ariana

Ready to perform: Miley posed in front of a One Love billboard after she finished rehearsing with Ariana

There were questions raised by fans about whether the charity gig would go ahead after seven people were murdered in a terror attack in London 

There were questions raised by fans about whether the charity gig would go ahead after seven people were murdered in a terror attack in London

Ariana Grande's concert will go ahead this evening as security is stepped up following the country's third terrorist attack this year 

Ariana Grande’s concert will go ahead this evening as security is stepped up following the country’s third terrorist attack this year

Mr Braun said all the acts involved are showing ‘unwavering’ support and will perform later today.

His comments come after last night seven people were killed and 48 injured after three men drove a van into a crowd on a bridge and set upon people in a crazed knife attack.

Questions were raised by fans about whether the One Love benefit gig, organised to raise money for victims of a fatal nail bomb set off after the American star’s concert last month, would still go ahead.

But her management answered boldly this morning, saying the event had greater purpose following the atrocity.

'Tonight we stand together!' Ariana Grande's manager said the attack gave them more greater purpose to continue 

‘Tonight we stand together!’ Ariana Grande’s manager said the attack gave them more greater purpose to continue

Hundreds of officers will be deployed to Manchester's Old Trafford today ahead of tonight's concert

Hundreds of officers will be deployed to Manchester’s Old Trafford today ahead of tonight’s concert

On guard: Officers photographed arriving at the venue of One Love Manchester this afternoon

On guard: Officers photographed arriving at the venue of One Love Manchester this afternoon

In a full statement Mr Braun said: ‘After the events last night in London, and those in Manchester just two weeks ago, we feel a sense of responsibility to honour those lost, injured, and affected.

‘We plan to honour them with courage, bravery, and defiance in the face of fear. Today’s One Love Manchester benefit concert will not only continue, but will do so with greater purpose.

‘We must not be afraid and in tribute to all those affected here and around the world, we will bring our voices together and sing loudly.

‘I am pleased to say we have the full support of Greater Manchester Police and the Government and are assured the safety of all those attending is the highest priority.

He said: ‘All artists involved have been unwavering in their support this morning and are determined to carry on with the show. We ask the strong city of Manchester and the world to join us in making the statement that hatred and fear will never win.

‘Today we stand together. Thank you.’

Greater Manchester Police has said this morning the event, due to be held at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground, will go ahead but security will be stepped up.

The force is warning the threat of a further attack is ‘highly likely’ and urged people to be vigilant.

Ariana Grande’s manager Scooter Braun has said the One Love Manchester concert has a ‘greater purpose’ following the London terror attack, and that all the acts involved are showing ‘unwavering’ support.

Greater Manchester Police released a statement following the London attack and reassured the public the benefit concert would be going ahead with the support of officers 

Greater Manchester Police released a statement following the London attack and reassured the public the benefit concert would be going ahead with the support of officers

Paying respects: A man and child pictured this morning at St Ann's Square in Manchester which has become the unofficial home of a sea of floral tributes to the 22 killed in a bomb attack last month

Paying respects: A man and child pictured this morning at St Ann’s Square in Manchester which has become the unofficial home of a sea of floral tributes to the 22 killed in a bomb attack last month

We will remember them: People gathered in Manchester today ahead of tonight's benefit concert organised by Ariana Grande's management

We will remember them: People gathered in Manchester today ahead of tonight’s benefit concert organised by Ariana Grande’s management

Devastating: Last night's attack in London is the second fatal terror incident in less than two weeks 

Devastating: Last night’s attack in London is the second fatal terror incident in less than two weeks

Greater Manchester Police will be increasing security for the One Love concert in Manchester. Pictured above, armed officers patrolling the streets this morning 

Greater Manchester Police will be increasing security for the One Love concert in Manchester. Pictured above, armed officers patrolling the streets this morning

Questions were raised by fans if the benefit gig would still go ahead. Pictured above, eager supporters outside Manchester's cricket ground 

Questions were raised by fans if the benefit gig would still go ahead. Pictured above, eager supporters outside Manchester’s cricket ground

Greater Manchester Police has said this morning the event, due to be held at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground, will go ahead but security will be stepped up

Greater Manchester Police has said this morning the event, due to be held at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground, will go ahead but security

American singer Grande tweeted in the early hours of Sunday: 'Praying for London.' Pictured above, the star visited victims of the Manchester Bombing in hospital on Friday 

American singer Grande tweeted in the early hours of Sunday: ‘Praying for London.’ Pictured above, the star visited victims of the Manchester Bombing in hospital on Friday

Showing his support: Ariana's brother Frankie was pictured arriving at the venue, where he made a heart shape with his hands 

Showing his support: Ariana’s brother Frankie was pictured arriving at the venue, where he made a heart shape with his hands

Kind: His car stopped to have a selfie with fans who are waiting outside ahead of the event

Flowers and balloons: Frankie posted a picture of St Ann's Square on his Instagram page, which has become a hub for tributes to be laid

In a statement, he said: ‘After the events last night in London, and those in Manchester just two weeks ago, we feel a sense of responsibility to honour those lost, injured, and affected.

‘We plan to honour them with courage, bravery, and defiance in the face of fear. Today’s One Love Manchester benefit concert will not only continue, but will do so with greater purpose.

‘We must not be afraid and in tribute to all those affected here and around the world, we will bring our voices together and sing loudly.

‘I am pleased to say we have the full support of Greater Manchester Police and the Government and are assured the safety of all those attending is the highest priority.

‘All artists involved have been unwavering in their support this morning and are determined to carry on with the show. We ask the strong city of Manchester and the world to join us in making the statement that hatred and fear will never win.

‘Today we stand together. Thank you.’

This evening 130,000 concert goers are expected to descend on the grounds to watch the likes of Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and Coldplay.

Victims of the Manchester bomb attack were given free tickets while others paid up to £40 to attend.

Ticketmaster has been contacted for comment.

The American star is due to return to the stage for the first time on Sunday night after suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a device, killing 22 of her fans and parents as they left her show at the Manchester Arena on May 22.

The One Love Manchester event will take place less than 24 hours after seven people died in the London Bridge attack – the country’s second terrorist outrage in less than two weeks.

Grande visited youngsters injured in the Manchester Arena explosion at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital on Friday night

Assistant chief constable Garry Shewan from Greater Manchester Police said: ‘We’re deeply sadden to hear about last night’s horrific attacks in London and our thoughts are with everyone affected, including the emergency services responding to the incident.

‘There are two large-scale events taking place in Greater Manchester today and we would like to assure people that these will still take place, but with additional security in place to ensure the safety of everyone.

‘We have dedicated resources at both events, with a signficiant number of officers from both GMP and colleagues from other forces, some of which will be armed.

‘There will be additional security checks taking place and everyone will be searched, including bags. We would ask people not to bring bags if they can, as this will help speed up entry.

Lock down: The scene on Borough High Street, London today which has been shut off 

Lock down: The scene on Borough High Street, London today which has been shut off

Three Jihadi terrorists have been shot dead by armed police after killing seven people and injuring at least 48 more during a horrific knife rampage in central London last night 

Three Jihadi terrorists have been shot dead by armed police after killing seven people and injuring at least 48 more during a horrific knife rampage in central London last night

He said: ‘I’d like to remind people that the threat level remains at severe, which means an attack is highly likely.

‘Please remain vigilant at all times, and report anything suspicious that causes you concern to the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or 999 in an emergency.’

Three attackers were also shot and killed by police after they ran rampage in the capital, mowing down pedestrians in a van on London Bridge before stabbing others in the street nearby.

Fans attending the One Love Manchester show on Sunday afternoon have been urged not to bring any bags or rucksacks with them to the venue for security reasons.

Grande visited youngsters injured in the Manchester Arena explosion at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital on Friday night.

She will be joined by Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Pharrell Williams and a host of other stars at Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground on Sunday night.

The concert will be broadcast to millions of people in more than 50 countries across the world.

Half mast: The Union Flags outside Downing Street this morning have been lowered as a mark of respect to those who died 


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