Musicians react to explosion at Ariana Grande Manchester Arena concert

Ariana Grande is due to sing in New Zealand in September.
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Ariana Grande is due to sing in New Zealand in September.

Performers from around the world have begun reacting to news of a deadly explosion at Ariana Grande's concert at Manchester Arena in the UK.

Grande had finished her performance, part of her Dangerous Woman tour, and patrons had begun leaving when the explosions occurred leaving as many as 22 people dead and 59 injured.

Her Manchester performance was the 43rd of a 71-date tour which is due to arrive in New Zealand in September. Some dates on the tour have been postponed indefinitely.

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Prior to her Manchester show she had performed in Dublin, Ireland, posting on Instagram and Twitter about her experience there.

She took to Twitter to express her shock, saying she was "so so sorry".

As news of the incident began breaking around the world, other performers expressed their shock and grief and their concern for Grande and her fans at the show.

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New Zealand singer Lorde said she the attack was "a worst nightmare".

Her mother Sonja Yelich also took to social media, saying she was "overwhelmed" by the "horrific" act of violence.

Liam Gallagher, formally of Oasis, is one of Manchester's most famous singers, and said he was "devastated".

Fellow Manchester musician Johnny Marr had a short and simple tribute: "Manchester stands together".

Nicki Minaj, who appeared on Grande's 2016 hit Side to Side, was among the first musicians to post on Twitter.

Fellow US pop star Demi Lovato said she was upset imagining concert-goers losing their lives.

As further details emerged more performers and celebrities expressed their feelings on Twitter.

 

- Sydney Morning Herald/Stuff

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