May 31, 2005 14:53
BOB GELDOF UNVEILS LIVE 8 DETAILS
The bill for 'Live Aid II' is officially revealed...
BOB GELDOF has officially revealed plans for LIVE 8.
The gigs, on July 2, will take place in Hyde Park in London, as well as shows in Philadelphia, Berlin, Rome and Paris.
Tickets for the London show will be free, but only available to people who win a text lottery, which takes place on June 6.
Artists already confirmed 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.
The confirmed line-up so far runs:
The Dave Matthews Band
Crosby, Stills and Nash
Die Toten Hosen
Youssou N'DourAndrea Docelli
More acts for Live 8 are still to be announced, including the possibility of a Spice Girls reunion.
Geldof told the press conference, which took place at London’s Grosvenor Hotel: “I spoke to them this morning. It looks very good. That's all we can say."
Geldof also urged everyone to back the Make Poverty History campaign by travelling to Edinburgh after the concert to join in with the Edinburgh demonstrations – coinciding with the G8 summit.
He said: “If anyone is not going to come to our party – and it’s going to be one hell of a party – they can fuck right off.”
The singer then explained that the worldwide concerts will be “just the beginning” of the “long walk to justice.”
”These concerts are the starting point for ’The Long Walk To Justice’ - we will not tolerate the further pain of the poor while we have the financial means and moral means to prevent it,” he said. “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.”