Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester concert averaged a phenomenal 10.9 million viewers between 7pm and 10pm on BBC1 last night, with the star studded charity event peaking with just under 15 million watching the show.
Broadcast simultaneously on BBC and commercial radio in the UK and on television in over 50 countries around the world as well as several social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube the total global audience is yet to be calculated, but is sure to be vast.
The One Love Manchester concert was only announced on Wednesday, but four days later Ariana Grande had managed to bring together everyone from Miley Cyrus to the Black Eyed Peas, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Robbie Williams, Justin Bieber, Take That and Liam Gallagher on one stage. Little Mix, Imogen Heap and Niall Horan also put in appearances.
50,000 fans turned out for the concert at Manchester’s Old Trafford stadium for a night of music and unity. It was less than 24 hours after London had been hit by another terror attack, but organisers were determined to go ahead “with greater purpose” and continue with the charity event.
Ariana told the crowd: “I want to thank you for coming together and being so loving and strong and unified.”
She added: “I love you guys so much, and I think that the kind of love and unity that you’re displaying is the medicine that the world really needs right now.”
The 23-year-old brought Robbie Williams onto stage, where he turned his 1998 song Stronger into a rallying cry by tweaking the chorus: “Manchester, we’re strong, we’re strong, we’re strong/We’re still singing our songs, our songs, our songs.”
Coldplay’s biggest performance of the night was actually an Oasis song, as they added Don’t Look Back In Anger – a song which has taken on new significance for Manchester since the attack – to their set list which included Fix You and Viva La Vida.
The surprise guest of the night was former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher. While some had been hoping that his brother Noel would join him on stage, Liam came out solo to perform three songs including a poignant stripped back version of Live Forever.
Luckily, Coldplay’s Chris Martin stepped up to fill in on the acoustic guitar.
One Love Manchester Executive Producer Scooter Braun said on stage during the show: “Manchester, your bravery is our hope. Because of you, we can now represent through this as a worldwide community, that we will be ready, we will be fearless and we will be great.”
Ariana Grande has re-released One Last Time as a charity single with proceeds from sales going to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund. You can buy the song here.