Many Manchester Pride attendees could not see Ariana Grande though they got tickets

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The ‘thank U, next’ singer topped the bill at Sunday’s Manchester Pride Live, where she paid tribute to all her LGBT fans and especially to those whose lives were taken during the bombing at one of her sadly known shows in this British city two years ago. Thousands cheered on as Grande sped her way through a 30-minute set ending with a heartfelt sing-a-long to ‘One Last Time’, which was re-released as a charity single following the 2017 tragedy, but unfortunately not everybody could enjoy the show. Some claimed they were refused entry despite turning up hours before the singer’s set, so they had to break fences and to risk their safety and health to see their favorite singer. This year’s Manchester Pride was the first to host live performances at Mayfield Depot, a former railway station turned music venue. Weekend passes cost more than £70 including fees, more than double the cost of the previous year’s event. Organizers said that they had been forced to move the Pride festival due to “significant property development” in Canal Street’s historic Gay Village. They defended the rising ticket price, saying they had “essentially added a whole new event to our program in direct response to the requests of our ticket buyers”.

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