FINAL LIVE 8 CONCERT TO KICK OFF TONIGHT

The gig will be taking place at Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium later (July 6)…

The final LIVE 8 concert is set to take place tonight in EDINBURGH, with 21,000 people expected to attend.

Acts on the bill include Snow Patrol, Travis, The Corrs, Bob Geldof and Annie Lennox.

Also gearing to perform at the Murrayfield Stadium are Ronan Keating, Natasha Bedingfield, Bob Geldof, Youssou N’Dour and McFly.

The gig will coincide with the start of the G8 summit and Live 8’s Long Walk To Justice rally.

BBC television, radio and online will be broadcasting the concert, which will be hosted by comedians Lenny Henry and Peter Kay.

Live 8 organisers Bob Geldof and Midge Ure are expected to play during the night, as are African artists from Peter Gabriel’s Womad music festival.

According to BBC News, as with London’s Live 8 concert, 21,000 free pairs of tickets to the event were allocated in a text message competition.

The Edinburgh leg of Live 8 follows ten other concerts in cities including London, Philadelphia, Paris, Berlin, Johannesburg, Rome and Moscow on Saturday (July 2).

Organiser [/a] called for one million supporters to march to Edinburgh for the Long Walk To Justice rally when he originally announced the Live 8 concerts in May.

However for a city with a population of 453,000, Lothian and Borders Police responded that such a large amount of people would be “potentially hazardous”.

Protestors clashed with police earlier this week, but yesterday [a] said that this had “nothing to do with our message”.

He added: “Our message is about dignity and respect for people, upholding values of being human and allowing each human to use their life and not have it taken away by poverty.”

As well as being streamed live on [url=]bbc.co.uk, Live 8’s Edinburgh concert will be broadcast on BBC Two Scotland from 8pm, BBC One Scotland from 10.45pm and on BBC Three from 9.45pm tonight.