After the devastating attacks in Manchester later on last month, a question I continuously got asked was if, and when, I was going to branch out and go to another concert. I love concerts, and I love being able to go and enjoy music with a bunch of other people who love the same thing as me. I just didn’t know when the time was right for me to get back into the whole ‘concert’ vibe again.
However, the perfect opportunity came along when Ariana announced her “One Love Manchester” concert only a week or so after the initial attack. As I was at the original Ariana concert, I was able to get free tickets, and as Ariana is my favourite artist, I couldn’t miss a chance to take this opportunity.
Fast forward to the concert, and I can honestly say it was one of the best, positive, and most humbling nights of my life full of such love and inspiration. I don’t think I have ever experienced a concert which was full of such positive light, and I still don’t think I am over it almost a week later.
As great as the acts that performed where, the concert also showed something bigger and more important. It was proof that, as cliche as it may sound, love does win. This was a concert full of 50,000 complete strangers who all came together to conquer hate. To prove that we really are united- and it was a wonderful feeling to be part of.
As much as I love Ariana, and as much as I don’t want to be biased, I think it also needs to be mentioned how strong and inspiring she was last Sunday. After the attack, I spent a lot of time stuck in a mindset of complete confusion and sadness. I couldn’t understand what I needed to do in order to try to at least heal. Like many other people who were there on the Monday night, the “One Love” concert also demonstrated a sense of healing and closure. Ariana brought everyone together for the good of the country, and certainly made something utterly negative and tragic into an event of such love and togetherness.
I think the best thing about the whole experience is that it was a concert like nothing I have ever been to before. It was a celebration of music and love in a different, yet positive, sort of sense. I don’t think anything can even come close to the feeling of pure happiness and overwhelming emotion I felt last Sunday. And I think that’s what made it so special.
Love and happiness always,