Artists: Paul McCartney / U2 / Coldplay / Richard Ashcroft / Elton John / Pete Doherty / R.E.M. / Ms Dynamite / Keane / Bob Geldolf / UB40 / Snoop Dogg / Razorlight / Madonna / The Killers / Scissor Sisters / Velvet Revolver / Sting / Robbie Williams / The Who / Pink Floyd / Paul McCartney / George Michael
Venue: Hyde Park, London
Live 8 was a set of benefit/awareness concerts that took place on 2 July 2005, in the G8 countries and South Africa. The concerts were timed to precede the G8 conference. Live 8 organisers presented the ‘Live 8 List’ to world leaders, with the call for politicians to take action to ‘Make Poverty History’. Names from the list/petition were displayed on large screens at each concert during the worldwide broadcast.
A truly epic day featuring so many music legends, and including an emotional reunion of the founder members of Pink Floyd for the first time in over 24 years.
Free tickets were issued via a lottery, as the day was about famine awareness rather than making money. The concert ran nearly 3 hours over schedule but the crowd didn’t seem to care.
Many years later, the line-up is still hard to comprehend. Thankfully the event was captured on DVD, as there was simply too much to take-in on the day.