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Ariana Grande's star-studded Manchester benefit concert sells out in minutes

Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande
Published Jun. 3, 2017

Ariana Grande's benefit concert for the Manchester bombing victims sold out in minutes.

Tickets for Sunday's Ariana Grande & Friends: One Love Manchester show, which features a star-studded lineup, went on sale on Thursday and were bought up with haste. The rush prompted Ticketmaster to reopen registration to accommodate fans who were at Grande's ill-fated May 22 concert in which 22 people died and several more were injured following a suicide bombing.

The ticket seller set aside 14,200 tickets for people who were at the May 22 concert and more than 25,000 people applied for them — 10,000 of which were unscrupulous applications.

Those who attended the May 22 show have been offered free tickets upon verification of their original tickets. Otherwise, the price is $52.

The pop star's Grandaritour Inc. will donate the net proceeds from the concert to the British Red Cross Society for its Manchester Emergency Fund supporting the families of the attack. The amount is expected to exceed $2.5 million, Ticketmaster said.

The show will take place at the Emirates Old Trafford's cricket ground, which accommodates 50,000 when configured for a music event. Manchester Arena, where the bombing took place, seated only 22,000.

Grande assembled an impressive slate of musicians for the concert, which features Justin Bieber, the Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Niall Horan, Little Mix, Katy Perry, Take That, Usher, Robbie Williams and Pharrell Williams. Those who can't make it to the show can view it on a livestream.

The former Nickelodeon star promised a swift return to Manchester to spend time with fans after the bombing and put on the benefit. She is expected to resume her Dangerous Woman tour on June 7 in Paris.