Tuesday 24 October 2017

Ariana Grande gigs attracting youthful audience on her world tour - including Dublin last weekend

Ariana Grande spent the day in Dublin's Glasnevin Cemetery Photo: Instagram @arianagrande
Ariana Grande spent the day in Dublin's Glasnevin Cemetery Photo: Instagram @arianagrande

Sam Blewett, Press Association Los Angeles Correspondent

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.

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.

Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande

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."

An injured woman is helped out of the Manchester Arena after last night’s blast at a gig by Ariana Grande, which left 19 dead
Police escort members of the public from the Manchester Arena on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Police stand by a cordoned off street close to the Manchester Arena. Photo: Dave Thompson/Getty Images
Two women wrapped in thermal blankets stand near the Manchester Arena. Photo: Reuters
Concert goers react after fleeing the Manchester Arena after the explosion.
Concert goers wait to be picked up at the scene of a suspected terrorist attack during a pop concert by US star Ariana Grande in Manchester
A tweet from U.S. singer Ariana Grande is seen as she makes her first comment since a bombing at her concert in Manchester
Armed police man roadblocks outside the arena after reports of an explosion at the venue during an Ariana Grande gig. Photo: PA
A police officer escorts people near the Manchester Arena
Police escort members of the public from the Manchester Arena on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
People running down stairs as they attempt to exit the Manchester Arena after a blast
Police corden off an area close to the Box Office entrance to the Manchester Arena. Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images
Emergency services at the scene. Photo: PA
A police officer talks to locals outside the Manchester Arena. Photo: Reuters
Armed police officers stand outside the Manchester Arena. Photo: Reuters
An armoured police Land Rover drives away from the Manchester Arena on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)
People sit by the side of the road next to a police cordon outside the Manchester Arena. Photo: Reuters
Still image taken from video shows a street scene near Manchester Arena after the blast
Armed police block a road near to the Manchester Arena

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