Except for a small number of “Major Donor” tickets priced at £2,500, or roughly $3,225, the One Love Manchester benefit concert spearheaded by singer Ariana Grande sold out within six minutes of going on sale Thursday morning.
“One Love Manchester is now completely sold out — and in under 6 minutes!” the concert’s Twitter page announced. General tickets for the event, which is expected to raise at least £ 2 million ($2.57 million) for victims of the May 22 terrorist bombing at Grande’s Manchester Arena show, cost £40 ($51.60).
The ticketing site Ticketmaster UK said Thursday in a statement that it “was unsurprisingly met with remarkable demand for One Love Manchester tickets we had on sale this morning; 140,000 fans were on the website and our call centre was buzzing” with more than 450,000 searching for the show in the previous 24 hours. The venue for Sunday’s benefit show, the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground in Greater Manchester, holds 50,000 people.
Some tickets were held aside for those who had attended the May 22 Grande concert, at which 22 were killed and scores wounded.
Also Thursday, the concert announced that the girl group Little Mix and singer Robbie Williams had been added to the original lineup of Grande, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Niall Horan, Katy Perry, Pharrell, Take That and Usher. The band Black Eyed Peas had tweeted Tuesday it was joining the show as well.
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