Most of us woke to the news of the horrific events at last night’s Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.
As someone who writes about music on a daily basis, it’s affected me deeply, to think that someone would do this.
To deliberately go out of their way to destroy the lives of not just those killed or wounded, but also everyone else in attendance, their families, friends, neighbours…Ariana Grande herself was profoundly shaken by the attack, even though she was well off the stage by the time of the explosion.
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
I personally know people who have been to Ariana’s shows on this tour, in other cities. I might even know people who were there in Manchester last night. It makes you think. It could happen to anyone. But by the same token, it can just as easily not happen.
We go to concerts to escape. To take a step away from the outside world. Music is one of those things that helps a lot of us deal with what’s going on in the wider world, to give us a feeling of release and freedom. We go to concerts to have fun, to be with our friends, to enjoy ourselves, to enjoy our favourite artists.
These sorts of attacks are acts of cowardice. They don’t discriminate on the basis of race, creed or gender. The names of the dead, wounded, and missing include those from every walk of life. Manchester is an extremely multicultural city – in 2013 it was declared to be the most linguistically diverse city in Western Europe, with as many as 200 different languages spoken on its streets. Manchester is a proud city, and wonderfully, as soon as news broke of the explosion last night, a hashtag rose up on Twitter – #RoomForManchester – with people offering beds, food, blankets, even just a shoulder to cry on.
Many hotels opened up their doors for those affected. A branch of the Holiday Inn, nearby to the venue, took in around 60 children who had been separated from their parents. Taxi drivers gave free lifts home, and people from as far away as Liverpool offering to come and ferry people to their homes.
This is how it should be. The people who commit such atrocities do it in the hope that we will be frightened, be scared to continue doing what we did before. When we are fearful, we don’t fight. It’s important that we keep on keeping on. Life must go on. – Lisa