CARDIIF TIPPED TO HOST TSUNAMI BENEFIT GIG

Stadium bosses in talks to hold Live Aid style event later this month…

CARDIFF’s MILLENNIUM STADIUM could be hosting a huge concert on January 22 to raise over £1million for the Asian tsunami disaster appeal.

The stadium’s bosses are currently in talks to stage a ’Live Aid’ style charity gig later this month to help the victims of the natural disaster which hit on Boxing Day (December 26).

Some of the UK’s top performers are reportedly in discussions for the event, though there is less than three weeks to get the concert organised.

Stadium manager Paul Sergeant said: “It’s going to be tight. The pitch comes back into the stadium on the 24th (January). We won’t be able to stage anything after that until the summer.”

He also revealed that a team of stadium staff worked over the bank holiday weekend to make preparations.

Sergeant is keeping tight-lipped about possible acts but talks are currently underway with ‘A-list’ artists, including some from Wales.

According to BBC News, he said: “We would like to do something to help the disaster effort because we have got in Wales the biggest indoor venue in Europe. The public response to the disaster has been incredible and we would very much like to put our weight behind those efforts and raise another £1m or more.”

First Minister Rhodri Morgan has already voiced his support of a Welsh ’Band Aid’, which was proposed by Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Mike German over the weekend.

Morgan is “hopeful” that the concert will go ahead and that it would be a “wonderful kick off” for the 2005 centenary celebrations in Cardiff.

“What you need (is) voluntary sector leadership,” he said. “You need a Welsh Bob Geldof to come forward from the music industry to say. ‘OK, I know these people. I’ll ring them to say ‘ Look, we have got to pitch in here because the scale of this global disaster is so big.'”

Sergeant has also said that he would like to hear from any other potential corporate partners for the charity event.

He explained: “What happened on Boxing Day in south east Asia is the biggest natural disaster anyone in the world today has ever seen. If we can get everything together this month then the people of Wales will get the chance to make a major contribution to helping the people whose lives have been so devastated.”

Tsunami Relief Cymru, another organisation recently set up, is hoping to hold a concert for the relief effort at the Millennium Stadium in June.