Manchester Pride is hoping to land the biggest headline act of its 25-year history, with the announcement that Ariana Grande will return to the city to top the bill.
The superstar singer is said to have made room in the schedule of her Sweetener world tour, to accommodate any request to perform at the event.
The 25-year-old has a deep affinity with the city after the devastating terror attack, after her gig in 2017 and is looking to repay some of the love she has had from Mancunians, since the tragedy.
Taking place on August 25, during the summer bank holiday, a source has told The Sun that Ariana holds Manchester ‘in a special place in her heart’.
Saying that Ariana would, "do whatever she can for the city," the source said that she was unable to perform this year at the event, so will be looking to make amends in 2019.
After security concerns put paid to headlining this year, it seems that everything will be done to ensure that Ariana can make a triumphant return to the city.
The source said that it is going to be, "really special if it does work out," as organisers look to bring a ‘radically different’ Pride event.
With expectations being that this will be a huge event for the city, there are plans to move The Big Weekend from around Canal Street to a new venue that would be more suitable for the interest that Ariana in town would bring.
This would mark Ariana’s second return to the city after her gig at Manchester Arena was targeted by a suicide bomber on May 22, 2017.
In response, she organised the Manchester One Love concert, which had the likes of Coldplay, Liam Gallagher, Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus in the line-up.
Ariana has fuelled speculation by saying that there was one ‘special’ gig on her Sweetener tour schedule that have been left unannounced at the moment.
Speaking about where the potential gig could be, she said about Manchester that, “we need a bit more time getting things together before we can announce that date but we are of course coming and we love you.”
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