Manchester is a city famous for its incredible music history and, in the wake of the terrible events at Manchester Arena on Monday evening, it was no surprise that it was the musical legends of the city that led the way in helping their compatriots come to terms with it.
They took to social media to express messages of sadness, of defiance, of love and of hope.
Manchester stands together.— Johnny Marr (@Johnny_Marr) May 23, 2017
In total shock and absolutely devastated about what's gone down in MANCHESTER sending Love and Light to all the family's involved LG x— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) May 23, 2017
You've got the wrong city if you think hate will tear us apart.— Dave Haslam (@Mr_Dave_Haslam) May 23, 2017
Thoughts are with everyone affected by the awful events at Manchester Arena. An attack on beautiful people who love music. Heartbreaking— Tim Burgess (@Tim_Burgess) May 23, 2017
My daughter made it home safe from Ariana Grande last night. My heart goes out to all parents & those involved. Manchester stay strong. X— Peter Hook (@peterhook) May 23, 2017
My hearts broken.— Guy Garvey (@Guy_Garvey) May 23, 2017
Meanwhile, of course, Ariana Grande, whose concert was the scene of the attack, posted this in the immediate aftermath:
broken.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
The rest of the music world then sent their thoughts and best wishes:
My heart hurts for my sister, Ariana & every family affected by this tragic event in the U.K. Innocent lives lost. I'm so sorry to hear this— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) May 23, 2017
My thoughts, prayers and tears for all those affected by the Manchester tragedy tonight. I'm sending all my love.— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) May 23, 2017
I'm heartbroken over what happened in Manchester tonight.— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) May 23, 2017
Sending love to everyone involved. H
MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO PPL OF MANCHESTER…HAD SPECIAL TIMES THERE FROM YOUTH & BEYOND— Cher (@cher) May 22, 2017
No words can describe how I feel about what happened in Manchester. I don't wanna believe that the world we live in could be so cruel.— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) May 23, 2017
every musician feels sick & responsible tonight—shows should be safe for you. truly a worst nightmare. sending love to manchester & ari— Lorde (@lorde) May 23, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this horrific act in Manchester. We need to do better. We need to LOVE ONE ANOTHER.— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) May 23, 2017