Two years after the terrorist attack in Manchester, England, following her concert performance, Ariana Grande made her return to headline Pride. The American pop singer, however, was met with mixed emotions and concerns from concertgoers.
Fans flocked to purchase tickets, not knowing how limited the performance would actually be. For safety precautions, armed police patrolled the venue and security capped the number of entries, not letting anyone into the venue after 7pm. The combination of limited entry and a short set length frustrated fans, who took to Twitter to voice their concerns.
Grande's fans were also upset by the fact that her performance only lasted 35 minutes. Ariana was the headliner for the event, which made her short set confusing to fans. Many complained that the event was a bad idea in the first place and was also poorly executed.
Other event goers tried to remind their fellow crowd members that this event was not intended to be just another Ariana Grande concert, but a festival for Pride. This performance, regardless of its length, marked the second time Ariana returned to Manchester after the suicide bombing attack that killed at least 22 people.
Emotions ran deep through the crowd and for the singer during the event. Grande commented, "I'm so happy to be with you, so thank you for having me. Sorry, I'm so nervous. I had so much more to say but I'm really very overwhelmed. So, thank you."
Grande dealt with the trauma of the Manchester attacks alongside the city. TMZ reported that she was "in hysterics" after the bombing and Grande was transparent on social media with her support. Manchester will always hold a special place in the singer's heart.
Despite mixed feelings about the security and set length, fans adored Grande's performance and hope to see her back in Manchester once more.