Nobody could have blamed 23-year-old Ariana Grande for taking her time before performing in the UK again, and perhaps even never returning to Manchester – the city in which a terrorist targeted the young crowds leaving her concert, killing 22 people and injuring more than 100.
But not only did she come back to Manchester to visit young fans in hospital and meet with bereaved parents, she organised a huge star-studded charity gig, going ahead with the performance despite yet another terrorist attack in London less than 24 hours before and raising £2.35 million for the British Red Cross’ emergency fund.
And while One Love Manchester was a heart-warming, uplifting, emotional occasion, with many a viewer and artist shedding a few tears, this is still the UK. And we like Twitter and sarcasm and Britpop feuds.
Thus, the social media site was awash with hilarious, wry posts throughout the concert, with one of the biggest conversations around one of the city’s most famous bands potentially reuniting.
To the joy of anyone over 25, Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher flew back from Nuremberg in Germany the very same night to take to the stage as a surprise headliner, arriving in typically sweary fashion.
However, brother Noel was on a family holiday and didn’t attend.
Instead, Gallagher was joined by Coldplay’s Chris Martin – a man he once derided as looking like a “geography teacher”, “like he’s in The Tweenies” and “beyond s***” – to perform Live Forever, and the whole situation lit up the internet:
Imagine if the only thing ISIS achieved was reuniting Oasis.— Alex Jackson (@_alexcfc_) June 4, 2017
Liam Gallagher staring out a load of nine year olds just trying to have a good night— cam (@ladsontour101) June 4, 2017
Noel should come out, they can sing Wonderwall, we can all cry, then they need to go round to their mum's for supper #OneLoveManchester— Miss Candy (@cosmetic_candy) June 4, 2017
Liam love, no one cares about Wall Of Glass. Sing Wonderwall or bring your brother out. #OneLoveManchester— Alison Palmer (@journo_ali) June 4, 2017
Am I the only parent feeling about a million years old explaining who liam is to their kids? Hahahaha #OneLoveManchester— redcross.org.uk/love (@jamieeast) June 4, 2017
In true Oasis style, even a charity concert couldn’t stand in the way of a years-long family feud and Gallagher couldn’t resist a few digs at his absent brother:
We’re here for a Britpop feud all the livelong day.
Of course, there were plenty of uplifting moments doing the online rounds too, including Grande’s mum working her way through the crowds, heartfelt singalongs and policemen enjoying a dance here and there:
Which we received in style:
Whatever the terrorists were aiming for in Manchester I'm pretty sure a policeman dancing with three little girls to Justin Bieber wasn't it— Nick Hassey (@nickhassey) June 4, 2017
In fact, Twitter was so impressed with Grande herself that there were calls to get the singer elected as PM, with many practically chucking her the keys to the city:
Just wondering if it's too late for Ariana to run for PM. Can't we put her on the ballot? #OneLoveManchester— Hal Cruttenden (@Halcruttenden) June 4, 2017
Manchester properly taken @ArianaGrande to our hearts. She could walk into any Greggs in the city & get a steak bake + yum-yums on the house— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) June 4, 2017
Ariana Grande...two weeks ago I'd never heard of her. Now I'd vote for her, join the Arianators and name my kid after her #OneLoveManchester— James Masters (@Masters_JamesD) June 4, 2017
And with the general election round the corner, Twitter didn’t stop there with the political bent:
The tone has been perfect. Everyone there looks so happy. Who'd have expected Bieber's manager to give a better response than Theresa May?— redcross.org.uk/love (@jamieeast) June 4, 2017
If Ariana Grande can get Liam Gallagher to perform with Chris Martin then she's a top diplomat. Put her in charge of Brexit. Better than May— Nick Kehoe (@NickKehoeTV) June 5, 2017
UK, when you think of 🇺🇸, please think of Ariana Grande as our representative (NOT the guy who lost the popular vote in our last election).— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) June 4, 2017
Cheers to @ArianaGrande who at a youthful age has demonstrated a level of compassion and maturity exceeding that of the American president.— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) June 4, 2017
Overall, we were pretty happy with the takeaway message:
This is the best advert for Britain since the 2012 Olympics. A giant, celebratory fuck-you to the worst of the world. FROM A CRICKET GROUND.— David Whitley (@mrdavidwhitley) June 4, 2017
Nothing says 'fuck you, ISIS' quite like a snarling Manc with an orange cagoule and maracas. #OneLoveManchester— Rachel Burns (@RachJBurns) June 4, 2017
If Coldplay can sing Oasis then surely all the faiths of the world can come together— ian leslie (@mrianleslie) June 4, 2017
i literally just nearly killed myself by putting salt in my tea instead of sugar, that’s how fucking into this i am. #OneLoveManchester— zay the zeus (@deityful) June 4, 2017
Several big-name artists joined Grande on stage for the concert, including Katy Perry, Little Mix, Miley Cyrus, Imogen Heap and Black Eyed Peas.
And while all made an impact with their performances and their speeches, one particular detail of Perry’s dress didn’t go unnoticed.
The sheer underlay seen in the cut-outs at first glance appeared to be a colourful pattern, but Twitter users noticed on closer inspection that the pattern appeared to actually be a montage of pictures of the attack victims.
Main image: Rex Features