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One Love Manchester set to be bigger than Live Aid airing in 40+ countries and streaming online

By Gillian West | Social media manager

June 3, 2017 | 3 min read

Ariana Grande’s One Love charity gig for the victims of last week’s Manchester terrorist attack could surpass Live Aid as the most-watched concert event to date with 43 countries on board to broadcast the event live.

Taking place tomorrow (Sunday 4 June) at Manchester’s Emirates Old Trafford, in addition to ABC in the US, networks in China, Australia, South America and across Asia have agreed to air the show with many more still in talks.

One Love could surpass Live Aid as the most watched gig in history

One Love could surpass Live Aid as the most watched gig in history

Sunday’s event will also be streamed online, meaning One Love could surpass the estimated one billion viewers who tuned in for 1985’s Live Aid.

Speaking to the press, a concert source said the show was “without a doubt the biggest event of its kind in recent memory” with the potential to make a “major impact globally”.

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“Obviously the list of stars involved is incredible, and without a doubt it will be a huge TV draw in the UK but with people like Ariana Grande, Coldplay, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry involved the global appeal is enormous,” they added.

“It could well be broadcast in close to 100 territories in the end, and the online stream means it could be bigger than anything that has gone before.”

Yesterday, iHeartRadio revealed it would be broadcasting One Love love across more than 130 Top 40 and contemporary pop stations, as well as digital on iHeartRadio’s Hit Nation on Sunday from 2pm ET and 11am PT.

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