ONE LOVE MANCHESTER - ARTISTS RESPOND TO THE CITY'S TRAGEDY

One Love Manchester - Artists Respond to the City's Tragedy
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ONE LOVE MANCHESTER - ARTISTS RESPOND TO THE CITY'S TRAGEDY



Written by Gabriel Mathews
05 Monday 05th June 2017

 

You don’t need reminding of the atrocities that have taken place over the past two weeks, in Manchester and London. The effects of the attacks are still evident but the UK has shown true resilience and unity in its response. 
 
The One Love concert at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground saw a host of chart topping names perform, such as Ariana Grande, Coldplay, Justin Bieber, the Black Eyed Peas and Robbie Williams. Whether you love or hate the line-up, the acts put on a show and gave the audience exactly what they wanted- a night of big hearted, memorable sing-a-longs. 
 
There was even an appearance from Manchester’s own prodigal son, Liam Gallagher. Although we didn’t see the display of unity that Oasis fans have been begging for since the brothers’ famous quarrel, there was a different moment of harmony as Liam shared the stage with Coldplay, a band Liam has been extremely outspoken about.  

It was perhaps the most bizarre sign of unity that evening, an unlikely pairing similar to Noel Gallagher collaboration with Damon Albarn on Gorillaz's latest album. But where one Gallagher decided to prop up a bloated album which plumbed so low as to feature Rag'n'Bone Man, the other turned up to support his terror-stricken hometown.

Liam once described the Chris Martin-led band as a ‘bunch of students’, Chris as a ‘geography teacher’ and a presenter of a kids TV show; ‘The Tweenies’ to be specific. Harsh words that I’m sure cut Chris Martin deep to this day. Given Liam's sordid past, it’s fair to assume that he has used some more colourful language to describe the ‘Viva La Vida’ musicians...  

It was nice to see Liam and Coldplay bury the hatchet for the people of Manchester. Whether we will see the same thing happen between the two brothers remains unlikely; if they can't even bond over a cocaine-themed party - as per Noel's recent 50th birthday bash - then the Wonderwall tribute bands and dads of the world will have to pray for a different solution. Maybe an intervention from Tony Blair, preferably champagne in Number 10 than another Middle Eastern invasion though.

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