Ariana Grande will not perform in London tonight after suspending her Dangerous Woman tour to pay “proper respects” to the 22 people killed by a suicide bomber shortly after she left the stage at Manchester Arena on Monday.
The US pop singer, 23, returned to her hometown of Boca Raton in Florida after the terror attack, having sent a single tweet telling fans that she was “broken” and “so so sorry”.
She was scheduled to play the O2 Arena on Thursday and Friday but all shows through to 5 June have been cancelled.
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
Grande’s management released the following statement: “Due to the tragic events in Manchester the Dangerous Woman tour with Ariana Grande has been suspended until we can further assess the situation and pay our proper respects to those lost.
“The London O2 shows this week have been cancelled as well as all shows through June 5 in Switzerland.
“We ask at this time that we all continue to support the city of Manchester and all those families affected by this cowardice and senseless act of violence.
“Our way of life has once again been threatened but we will overcome this together. Thank you.”
Am I angry? Hell yes. But how will we respond? With everything you think you took from us… love and joy and life!
— Scooter Braun (@scooterbraun) May 25, 2017
Promotor Live Nation has confirmed that ticketholders for the following shows will be granted refunds at the point of purchase:
- 25 May: O2 Arena, London
- 26 May: O2 Arena, London
- 28 May: Sportpalais Antwerp
- 31 May: Atlas Arena, Lodz
- 1 June: Atlas Arena, Lodz
- 3 June: Festhalle, Frankfurt
- 5 June: Hallenstadion, Zurich
The tour is expected to recommence in Paris on 7 June.
Remembering the victims
Eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos is believed to be the youngest victim of the atrocity, with teenagers Georgina Callander, Nell Jones, Olivia Campbell, Chloe Rutherford, Liam Curry, Eilidh MacLeod and Sorrell Leczkowski also among the dead.
Manchester held a vigil in Albert Square to remember the 22 people who lost their lives and people are continuing to lay flowers in tribute.
Greater Manchester Police are continuing with a fast-moving investigation into what led Salman Abedi, a 22-year-old British man of Libyan descent, to detonate an “improvised explosive device” in the foyer of the arena as fans left Grande’s gig.
Prime Minister Theresa May has raised the UK terror threat from severe to critical, its highest level, and deployed army troops to guard key sights in order to free up armed police.