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One Love Manchester event will go ahead following London Bridge attack

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4th June 2017

Ariana Grande’s manager, Scooter Braun, has confirmed that the One Love event held in memory of the victims of the Manchester terror attack two weeks ago, will still take place this evening. He said that the show will go on “with greater purpose” after the terrorist attack last night in London which left 7 dead and 48 injured.

In an Instagram post this morning he said “After the events last night in London, and those in Manchester just two weeks ago, we feel a sense of responsibility to honor those lost, injured, and affected. We plan to honor 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.”

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Ariana Grande will perform with other big names including Katy Perry, Niall Horan, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber after having visited children in hospital injured by the Manchester attack earlier this week. 

View the One Love Manchester benefit concert on BBC One between 6pm and 9pm (if you live in the UK) or on BBC Radio/Capitol Radio Networks.

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Track of the Week: Take It Back // Gold Jacks

Editors Choice, Track of the Week

13th July 2015

totw-finalGold Jacks, an alternative/rock four-piece from Manchester, are shrouded in a cloak of mystery; their website sets up the conspiracy that it’s no coincidence that Zayn Malik quit One Direction days after they dropped their debut single ‘One Kinda Woman’. And, with one intention and one intention only – to resuscitate the still-twitching corpse of the UK alternative scene – it’s clear Gold Jacks are on a mission. Woe betides you if you get in their way.

Whether the alternative scene is really in need of CPR is a debate for another day, but one thing is certain, Gold Jacks are infusing life into a timeless genre. They have given us a real gift in the form of their lo-fi bluesy track ‘Take It Back’, which boasts a sinister stop-start melody, credit to Liam Dunning on guitar. Stewart Burn’s vocal is powerful and unapologetic; sounding like Southampton rock outfit Band of Skulls have been fused with Jack White’s distinctive style, whilst the backing vocals are reminiscent of Queens of the Stone Age.

‘Take It Back’ is a rollercoaster ride from start to finish, and the breakdowns are sure to make for complete chaos during live shows. A sure fire way to start the week, anyhow, which is exactly why we’ve made it our Track of the Week.

Article by Beth Kirkbride

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