Ariana Grande gigs attracting youthful audience on her world tour - including Dublin last weekend
YOUNG fans and their families were expected to dominate the audience at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Arena where a suspected terror attack killed at least 22 and injured dozens more.
The 23-year-old US pop singer, who found fame as the child star of Nickelodeon series Victorious, was touring the world when tragedy struck on Monday night at what is one of Europe's largest indoor venues.
broken.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
Grande tweeted that she has been left "broken" by the suspected attack, while associated acts such as Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift sent their support.
The Dangerous Woman Tour started in Phoenix, Arizona, on February 3 and she was joined by British pop stars Little Mix during a spell in the US.
She then made stops in Dublin, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands.
Next came the Manchester venue which has a capacity of 21,000 and is visited by more than one million people every year.
The Rolling Stones, Lady Gaga and Madonna are among other global stars to have performed at the arena.
Grande was due to play the first of two nights in London's O2 Arena on Thursday before visiting Poland, Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain and Italy.
The Floridian was also scheduled to visit Mexico, Brazil, Japan, Thailand and Australia before bringing the tour to a close in Hong Kong in September.
A representative from Grande's US record label, Joseph Carozza, said the singer was okay.
BIA, also known as Perico Princess, was a supporting act on the night of the explosion in Manchester.
She tweeted: "My heart is broken. Praying for everyone tonight please gets home safe."