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Music industry and residents show support after explosion at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester

Staff writers, May 24, 2017 10:03AM News Corp Australia

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UPDATE: MANCHESTER Police have confirmed that the number of victims who died in the explosion at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on Monday night has risen.

Tragically the number of people who died at the concert has risen to 22 people and 59 people were injured.

A 22-year-old man, who was responsible for the blast, also died at the stadium.

Ariana Grande has now returned home to Florida after the rest of her tour was suspended indefinitely.

Her management are yet to confirm if the Australian tour dates of her tour will still go ahead. She was scheduled to perform at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on September 4 and 5.

More musicians have come out in support of the 23-year-old singer, her fans and the victims.

Members of the public attend a candlelit vigil in Manchester, to honour the victims of the Ariana Grande concert tragedy. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraMembers of the public attend a candlelit vigil in Manchester, to honour the victims of the Ariana Grande concert tragedy. Picture: Getty Images

UK bands Blondie and Take That cancelled their Tuesday shows in England “as a mark of respect for the victims.”

Thousands of Manchester residents gathered for a vigil* at the city’s Town Hall to show support for victims and to stand against terrorism.

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THE music industry and Manchester community have rallied together after news of an explosion at a pop music concert in the English city.

The blast is understood to have happened outside the venue after an Ariana Grande concert finished around 10.30pm local time, which was 7:30am Melbourne time.

Manchester Police said the event was being treated as a terrorist incident* but police were still investigating the cause of the explosion.

Police have, however, confirmed that 19 people died in the explosion and more than 50 people were injured.

Manchester residents and businesses opened up their doors to help those who were affected, especially after train services were cancelled for the night.

Manchester police near the stadium. Picture: Dave Thompson/Getty Images media_cameraManchester police near the stadium. Picture: Dave Thompson/Getty Images

Using the hashtag #RoomForManchester on Twitter, people offered their couches, spare rooms and cups of tea for anyone who was left stranded after the concert.

Hotel Gotham offered free rooms and taxi company Streetcars arranged a meeting point at its offices, promising to help people get home safely, or let them stay at headquarters for the night.

Around the world some of the entertainment industry’s biggest names took to Twitter to support the people of the city of Manchester and to express their sadness that people died at a concert.

Pop singer Harry Styles tweeted: “I’m heartbroken over what happened in Manchester tonight. Sending love to everyone involved”.

Taylor Swift tweeted: “My thoughts, prayers and tears for all those affected by the Manchester tragedy tonight. I’m sending all my love”.

Emergency services arrive at the Manchester Arena. Picture: Dave Thompson/Getty Images media_cameraEmergency services arrive at the Manchester Arena. Picture: Dave Thompson/Getty Images

Pink also showed her support on Twitter writing: “My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Manchester, any one affected, @ArianaGrande and the entire crew. Heartbreaking”.

Australia’s Kylie Minogue tweeted: “Absolutely heartbroken for #Manchester. Devastating news. My love, thoughts & prayers go out to all”.

Ariana Grande’s management team has reassured fans that the singer was not injured.

Later, Grande also took to Twitter to express her sadness “from the bottom of my heart, I am so, so sorry”, she wrote.

GLOSSARY

vigil: a time to stay awake to pay attention to something or pray

terrorist incident: an attack designed to scare people

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