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Harry Styles stopped his gig in Mexico to pay emotional tribute to his hometown of Manchester

“I have been left with a hole in my heart.”

ALL WEEK, THE city of Manchester has come together following the horrific bombing at the Ariana Grande concert on Monday night.

Manchester’s musicians have been sharing their own messages of sadness and solidarity over the past 36 hours.

And last night Harry Styles was playing a gig in Mexico, and just after things got going he paid his own tribute to the victims, their families and the city

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Styles – who grew up just outside Manchester – told the audience he wasn’t going to play his normal, electric set but opt instead for a more sombre acoustic performance. He then held a minute’s silence on stage in their honour, which the crowd also observed (after some helpful translation).

Styles began:

Thank you so much for being here tonight. I know a lot of you have flown a long way. I really appreciate you being here. When I booked this show, I wanted to celebrate with you guys. I’ve played some of my favourite shows in Mexico, and it felt right to come and celebrate with you, but tonight doesn’t feel like a night to celebrate. Last night, there was a tragedy in my hometown of Manchester, and I have been left with a hole in my heart.

He shared his own experiences with the venue where the attack took place:

“I went to my first show in the arena, and I’ve had some of the best experiences of my life playing in Manchester”

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And then let the crowd know that they wouldn’t be getting a full show, while imploring them to choose love:

We have a choice – every single day that we wake up – of what we can put into the world, and I ask you to please choose love every single day. I promise that we will be back very soon to Mexico with a full show, but tonight if it’s OK with you we’re going to play a small acoustic set.

“I hope you understand, and I hope you’ll join me in a moment of silence for the victims and for the families of the victims in Manchester today. Thank you for understanding. I love you very much.”

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