Fans Complain About Ariana Grande’s “Gross Money-Making” Manchester Pride Set
Ariana Grande made her highly anticipated return to Manchester over the weekend to perform at Manchester Pride. This is the second time Ariana has been back to the city since a terrorist attack killed 22 people at her concert in May 2017. The singer returned to Manchester two weeks after the attack on June 4th, 2017 to perform a benefit concert in support of the victims, but since then has avoided returning to the city.
The 26-year-old made her return to Manchester for the city’s Pride weekend concert. As the headline act, her set was highly anticipated by fans and members of the LGBTQ+ community. However, some Pride goers were left disappointed after they were refused entry to Ariana’s set before it started. Fans took to Twitter on Sunday night to complain that they weren’t allowed into the Mayfield Depot venue after 7pm despite the fact that Ariana’s set didn’t begin till 10:25pm. The fans insisted that an entry cut-off point was never explained to them.
@ArianaGrande they are not letting people in!!!! It doesn't say anything on the tickets about last entry for the live event! My daughter, her friend and loads of people are being turned away!!! She just called me in tears because she was so excited and paid £80!
— Angele Don (@Angedona75) August 25, 2019
(1/3) @ManchesterPride refused entry? employees state it says on tickets 7pm entry says nowhere on tickets anything to do with last entry??? when will we be able to receive a refund? travelled 4 hours from glasgow just to see cheryl and ariana
— katie (@katiemacleann) August 25, 2019
However, the Machester Pride official Twitter account tweeted on Sunday afternoon that the last entry to the concert would be at 7pm that evening.
?? Sunday set times for Manchester Pride Live ??
Please note that last entry to Manchester Pride Live is at 19:00. All stages have a managed capacity so please arrive early if you want to see a specific artist. pic.twitter.com/PLmEQhY1Kd
— Manchester Pride (@ManchesterPride) August 25, 2019
Fans were also outraged to learn that the “Thank U, Next” singer would only perform for a 30-minute set, despite being the headlining act. The complaints come after there was outrage at the price of Pride tickets following Ariana’s headline announcement back in February.
The fact that @ManchesterPride hiked their ticket prices so much because of Ariana and she's only doing a 30 minute set *and* they've suddenly changed the last entry time to 7pm (she's on at 10.25pm) is another sign of what a gross money making venture it's become.
— Emily Linka (@emilylinka) August 25, 2019
Fantastic view of Ariana Grande at Manchester Pride…! And this in the VIP bit where people have paid £200+ for the privilege. pic.twitter.com/cvjfcjusW9
— Josh Halliday (@JoshHalliday) August 25, 2019
Ariana Grande is earning over £8250 a minute for her short set at Manchester pride.
She just loves the city so much. The kindness of her heart omg.
Charitable queen earning £250k because she loves us.
— . (@thecamptwat) August 21, 2019
Ariana took to the Manchester stage for the first time in over two years on Sunday night and addressed the crowd by saying she was “nervous” and “overwhelmed,” before taking a minute to say she wanted to thank the crowd “for so many reasons.” She has yet to address the issues with her set.