Madonna concert on 3rd July 2005 in London

Szabo GaborStarred Page By Szabo Gabor, 2nd Feb 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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“Are you ready to start evolution? Are you ready to change history?” These were the words of Madonna as she walked onto the stage of the London Live 8 concert. On 3rd July 2005, Live 8 concerts were held in ten cities around the globe.

Reason: famine in Africa

The idea was to highlight the problem of poverty in Africa. Hundreds of millions of people around the world watched the concerts on their televisions. But how, did this all start? The day that rock and roll really changed the world was twenty years earlier, on 13 July 1985, and all because of one man, Bob Geldof. On that day more than a billion and a half people around the world united together to watch the biggest rock concert ever held - Live Aid. 30 million people were suffering in a terrible famine in sub-Saharan Africa. It was an event so completely shocking - happening on our television screens, with children dying in front of our eyes - that it moved everyone who saw it. The concert raised £140 million.

Live Aid concert

Live Aid was a miracle - technologically, emotionally and politically. It is difficult now to understand what an amazing achievement it was to broadcast the first live, all-day, multi-artist concert to the whole world. In 1985 there were no mobile phones and hardly any fax machines. In many countries international phone calls usually had to be booked, sometimes hours in advance. Computers were outside the experience of most ordinary people. Email was a future dream. Yet surprisingly, simultaneous concerts on two continents were co-ordinated. Global television schedules were cleared. Concorde was put on stand-by. Even the Space Shuttle astronauts lined up to make a contribution. Live Aid started new ways of thinking and behaving - in broadcasting, in putting political pressure on governments and in raising money.

Music is an international language

Nowadays, these have become normal as more and more charities regularly use music as an instrument for change. Bob Geldof, the organiser of Live Aid and Live 8, saw an opportunity. He wanted to make governments and people do something important to change the terrible situation. He used what he says is 'the lingua franca of the planet - not English but rock 'n' roil', and it was a fantastic success. Live Aid was one of the first indications that we now lived in a globalised world. Interestingly, its language was music, and the message it delivered so loudly and clearly was of the need for change.


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I like reading, writing and sharing interesting articles. My favourite topics: environment, animals, plants, science, technology, useful tips and mysteries. Now I’m learning natural science at the university.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
2nd Feb 2011 (#)

I would have loved to seen this concert.

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