The event gets bigger - and the latest lot of gigs includes one in Africa...

BOB GELDOF is to announce three more LIVE 8 concerts – including one in Africa.

Already announced are a series of gigs (July 2) which will take place in Hyde Park in London, as well Philadelphia, Berlin, Rome and Paris.

Now, BBC news reports that more shows are scheduled for Tokyo and Toronto, while Live 8 Africa is to take place in Johannesburg.

Organiser Bob Geldof said: “Three weeks ago Europe agreed, unbelievably, to double aid, throwing the ball back to the Yanks, the Japanese and the Canadians. So that forced me now to do, which I didn’t want to do, a concert in Tokyo, Toronto, which we are announcing (on Friday). We will also announce Johannesburg.”

Artists already confirmed for the announced shows include U2, Scissor Sisters, Muse, Keane, Robbie Williams, Madonna, Elton John, Coldplay, REM, Dido, Paul McCartney and [a][/a].

In Philadelphia, confirmed acts include Will Smith, Bon Jovi, Maroon 5, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z and Brian Wilson.