MILLENNIUM MIX-UP?

Madonna and George Michael are among those set to play - but officials at the Millennium Stadium insist the date is not in their diary...

Reports that MADONNA, GEORGE MICHAEL and ROBBIE WILLIAMS are to appear at a huge LIVE AID-style fundraising gig in CARDIFF MILLENNIUM STADIUM have been thrown into confusion by venue officials.

Organisers of the “AIDS Aid” event insist the gig will press ahead, and that a full announcement is due in July – but officials at the stadium are adamant that it is not in their diary.

As reported earlier this week, the Red Hot Aids Charitable Trust is planning a huge gig at the Welsh stadium on October 20. Midge Ure, who masterminded 1985’s Live Aid gig alongside Bob Geldof, is said to be organising the event.

It would be themed on ‘Great British Musicals’, with artists singing songs from musicals backed by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

Madonna would be expected to sing songs from ‘Evita’, and Midge added: “I hope to get Robbie Williams doing something from ‘Les Miserables’.”

Other bands tipped to appear are Bee Gees, Deborah Harry, S Club 7 and Barry Manilow.

But stadium chiefs said yesterday that no booking has been confirmed for that date, and the Welsh Rugby Union, who manage the 62,000-seater venue, would not allow a gig to take place.

WRU press officer Lyn Davies said: “It’s just speculation. Wales play Ireland on October 13 and then Tonga on November 17.

“The pitch could not be taken up for a concert and then relaid between those dates.”

But Julian Stockton of promoters The Outside Organisation said today: “The stadium authorities have confirmed we can use the venue on October 20.

“We have been in talks with the BBC about showing the event live on prime-time television, and we hope it will be a fantastic event.”

Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis’s planned Farm Aid charity gig a week later, on October 27, has also not been confirmed by the stadium.

The only shows inked into the diary for this year are two gigs by Robbie on July 14 and 15, and the rescheduled Day At The Races show by The

Stereophonics on July 21. As previously reported on NME.COM, the Chepstow gig had to be moved 30 miles to Cardiff because of the foot and mouth crisis.