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2 July 2005: a day that made history!

live 8 Live 8: ten free concerts with the cream of international rock and pop artists performing in London, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Philadelphia, Barrie, Tokyo, Johannesburg, Moscow and St Austell.
And on 6 July a LIVE 8 concert took place at Edinburgh, Scotland.

This was not a charity event and the Live 8 concerts were free.
"They are not fundraisers but rallying points for the largest political constituency ever mobilised to call for justice for Africa and the world's poor. They will focus the whole world's attention on the critical decisions to be made by the G8 four days later".

"These live8 concerts are the starting point for THE LONG WALK TO JUSTICE (or MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY). We will not tolerate the further pain of the poor while we have the financial and moral means to prevent it." said Geldof. "The boys and girls with guitars will finally get to turn the world on its axis. What we started 20 years ago is coming to a political point in a few weeks. What we do next is seriously, properly, historically and politically important."

LIVE 8 locations

2 July 2005:
Hyde Park, London, UK
Palais de Versailles, Paris, France
Museum of Art, Philadelphia (also Live Aid City in 1985), USA
Siegessäule, Berlin, Germany
Circus Maximus, Rome, Italy
St. Austell, Eden Project, Cornwall, UK: 'Africa Calling'
Park Place, Barrie, Canada
Makuhari Messe, Tokio, Japan
Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown, Johannesburg, South Africa
Red Square, Moscow, Russia

6 July 2005:
Murrayfields Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland: 'The Final Push'

Those who were not lucky to get tickets for Live8 were able to watch the show and share in the excitement on giant BBC screens in the centre of major cities across the UK including Birmingham, Hull, Liverpool, Manchester, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Belfast, Leeds and Wrexham.

Who played at LIVE 8?

Some of the artists who played at Live 8 London:

Paul McCartney, U2, Coldplay, Elton John, REM, Ms. Dynamite, Keane, Travis, Bob Geldof, Annie Lennox, UB40, Madonna, Snow Patrol, Velvet Revolver, Sting, Mariah Carey, Robbie Williams, The Who and Pink Floyd.

Some of the artists who played at Live 8 Philadelphia:

Kaiser Chiefs, Bon Jovi, Destiny's Child, Will Smith, Linkin Park, Def Leppard, Maroon 5 and Stevie Wonder.

Some of the artists who played at Live 8 Paris (Versailles):

Andrea Bocelli, Shakira, Craig David, The Cure, Youssou N'dour and Dido.

Some of the artists who played at Live 8 Berlin:

Die Toten Hosen, Chris De Burgh, Brian Wilson, A-Ha, Roxy Music and Faithless.

Some of the artists who played at Live 8 Rome:

Duran Duran, Faith Hill, Planet Funk and Laura Pausini.

Some of the artists who played at Live 8 St. Austell, Eden Project:

Peter Gabriel, Youssou N'Dour, Cartwell Dutiro and Coco Mbassi.

Some of the artists who played at Live 8 Barrie:

Tom Cochrane, Bryan Adams, Deep Purple, Mötley Crüe and Neil Young.

Some of the artists who played at Live 8 Tokio:

Bjork, Good Charlotte, Mcfly and Rize.

Some of the artists who played at Live 8 Johannesburg:

4Peace Ensemble, Lucky Dube, Mahotella Queens, Orchestre Baobab and Zola S.

Some of the artists who played at Live 8 Moscow:

Bravo and the Pet Shop Boys.

Some of the artists who played at Live 8 Edinburgh on 6 July:

Wet Wet Wet, McFly, Will Young, The Sugababes, Annie Lennox, Bob Geldof, Midge Ure, Embrace, Neneh Cherry, Ronan Keating, Texas, Snow Patrol, Travis, James Brown and Garbage.

Click here for the complete list of all artists
who appeared at Live 8 and the songs they played.

LIVE 8 Tickets

Tickets for the Live 8 concerts in London, Edinburgh and St. Austell were made available through a special TEXT lottery.

World Record for LIVE 8 text lottery

The Live8 text lottery has earned a place in the Guinness World Records as the world's largest text message lottery.

LIVE 8 funds

All the funds generated from the Live 8 text competition will go directly to funding the event costs, with any surplus being invested into an African school-building programme.
More than two million text entries were sent in the competition to win tickets for the London leg of Live8 and raised £3m.


EMI and Live 8 have concluded a unique agreement whereby EMI will provide the Live 8 organisation with a major financial contribution in return for the worldwide DVD rights to its 2 July concerts.
In November 2005, EMI expect to release the Live8 DVDs around the world.
Bob Geldof said: "I hope this will be the biggest selling DVD of all time. It deserves to be. More importantly perhaps, it should be, for it will help us achieve our goal of changing the lives of the extreme poor for the better and making our generation the one that helped end the disgrace of poverty."

Live 8 dvd On 8 November 8 2005 the Live 8 concert DVD box set will go on sale with exclusive rehearsal and unseen footage included.

Live 8 (Amazon.co.uk)

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