Last week, on December 14, Ariana Grande announced her 2019 tour dates – with an accompanying Instagram post alluding to a ‘special show’ in Manchester.
It has been over a year since Ariana returned to our city for the One Love Manchester concert, following the terrorist attack that killed 22 people in the arena. The concert was masterfully thrown together in act of pure resilience that embodied the nature of the city perfectly.
Ariana performed alongside Katy Perry, The Black Eyed Peas, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Take That, Pharrell Williams, Marcus Mumford, Niall Horan, Little Mix, Victoria Monet, Imogen Heap, the late Mac Miller and our personal favourite, Liam Gallagher.
Ariana pulled the concert together 13 days after the attack, and somehow managed to coerce Liam Gallagher into performing alongside Coldplay’s Chris Martin, who he’s devoted his entire life to slagging off, so she’s pretty much superwoman in our eyes.
With this in mind, we were already pretty excited to see her return to the city, even before she posted to her Instagram story saying:
Sweetener World Tour. Manchester isn’t on this initial list because we’re planning a special show. We need a bit more time getting things together before we can announce that date but we are, of course, coming and we love you.
So while the rest of the European leg of her tour has been announced, including shows in London, Sheffield, Birmingham and Glasgow, the details of this show in Manchester are yet to be divulged, but we’re certain it’s going to be something pretty spectacular.
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