After Ariana Grande announced her European Sweetener tour dates, fans noticed one important city was missing from the initial rollout. Shortly after, the singer made it clear that she was indeed headed to Manchester, but had something special planned and details still needed to be finalized. "Manchester is not in this initial list because we are planning a special show," the message reads. "We need a bit more time getting things togther before we can announce that date but we are, of course, coming and we love you."
In 2017, a terrorist attack following a tour stop in Manchester on Grande's last tour claimed 22 lives and injured nearly 800 others after 22-year-old Salman Abedi detonated a bomb in the Manchester Arena foyer. In the months that followed, the singer has been candid about the profound effect the bombing and its aftermath had on her, including a tribute to the city in the video for "No Tears Left to Cry", and eventually returning to the city for the One Love Manchester concert a year later.
Thumbnail image via Getty Images/Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester.