Ariana Grande Headlining Manchester Pride Festival 2019

Ariana Grande. Photo by Erik Pendzich/REX/Shutterstock (10015403r)

Manchester Pride just unveiled its lineup for the upcoming edition of the popular festival, and they’ve really outdone themselves this time around. Ariana Grande was announced as a headliner, shortly after she informed her fans she’ll be giving a “special performance” in this city.

Manchester Pride will take place between August 23 – 26, and the line-up includes several queer artists. Years & Years will also be in charge of headlining the event, and they’ll be joined by a number of impressive performers, including Kim Petras and Bananarama.

Ariana Grande and the city of Manchester were bound together in tragedy on May 22, 2017, after a horrific attack outside Manchester Arena. Two weeks later, the young singer hosted a benefit concert for the victims of the attack called One Love Manchester.

Grande spent the aftermath of the attack visiting survivors and getting in touch with the families of the deceased. The singer needed to do something for people who were affected, because she didn’t want to feel like they died in vain.

“The last thing I would ever want is for my fans to see something like that happen and think it won. Music is supposed to be the safest thing in the world. I think that’s why it’s still so heavy on my heart every single day,” said Grande during an interview with Time Magazine.