News : Plans for "Live 8", the follow-up to Live Aid, announced. Concerts in 5 cities
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Sir Bob Geldof has revealed plans for the follow-up to Live Aid will involve five free concerts taking place around the globe.
Sir Bob Geldof wants to focus awareness on world poverty
The concerts, known as Live 8, will take place on July 2 at Hyde Park in London, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, the Circus Maximus in Rome and a venue in Philadelphia.
Hundreds of thousands of music fans will attend with billions more watching around the world on TV.
Tickets for the Hyde Park concert will be made available through a special text lottery to be announced at 8am on Monday through TV, radio and newspapers.
Giant screens will be erected across the UK for those not able to get a ticket.
Live 8 aims to raise awareness of world poverty and is timed to coincide with the G8 summit in Scotland, when leaders of the world's eight richest countries will meet.
Geldof said at the press conference that Britain was presented with a unique opportunity "to do something unparalleled in the world, and especially at the beginning of the 21st Century, and that is to tilt the world a little bit on its axis in favour of the poor, and that's not a difficult thing to do.
"It seemed to me we could gather together again - this time not for charity but for political justice."
The concerts would not be "gloomy and doomy", he said, adding: "We don't want people's money. We want them."
The situation in Africa has declined due to spiralling debt and unfair trade, Geldof said.
Eradicating poverty in Africa could be "the work of moments" for the leaders of the world's richest nations. "It is intellectually absurd that people die of want in a world of surplus," he said.
In London's Hyde Park, those performing include REM, Coldplay, Dido, Keane, Sir Elton John, Annie Lennox, Madonna, Muse, the Scissor Sisters, Sir Paul McCartney, Joss Stone, Stereophonics, Sting, Snoop, Robbie Williams, U2 and Mariah Carey.
In Philadelphia, acts performing will include Will Smith, the Dave Matthews Band, Bon Jovi, Stevie Wonder, Puff Daddy and Jay-Z.
Among artists scheduled for Berlin are A-Ha, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Lauryn Hill and Brian Wilson.
The concert in Rome will feature musicians including Faith Hill and Duran Duran. In Paris, Jamiroquai, Craig David, Youssou N'Dour and Yannick Noah will be among those taking part.
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This is all part of the wider "Make Poverty History Campaign", you might've seen the black and white writstbands for instance. As a genral premsie i ahve nothing wrong with it and will suppor it, however this will not stop what is going in Darfur in the Sudan, Uganda, DRC, Zimbabwe, Somalia e.t.c.
We should not forget or ingore or allow these situations to be overahdowed by this event. They require more immediate attention and have their causes rooted in other areas.
This was raised by an African Affairs Expert on Sky News earlier today and i had to agree with him and echo his comments. In fact he went so far as to suggest that these are wrhat we should be concentrating on first.
Last edited by Critic; 05-31-2005 at 06:37 PM.
The 9 words of life quote -
"Act with honour, seek justice, die true, remembered well."
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