Live 8 organizers have received over 2 million text messages in three days from music fans wishing to attend the July 2 concert at London's Hyde Park, Billboard.biz has learned.
Live 8 organizers have received over 2 million text messages in three days from music fans wishing to attend the July 2 concert at London's Hyde Park, Billboard.biz has learned. The London gig's line-up includes Madonna, R.E.M., Paul McCartney, Joss Stone, Sting, Robbie Williams, among others.
Only 150,000 tickets are available for the charity concert organized by Bob Geldof. The text-message lottery is due to close on June 12 at midnight.
"There's still four more days to go and we've already exceeded 2 million messages," says concert promoter Harvey Goldsmith, who also worked with Geldof on the 1985 Live Aid concerts.
People wishing to attend had to answer the question: "Which city is nearest to the G-8 summit in July? A) Berlin, B) Moscow, C) Edinburgh." Entry fees cost £1.50 ($2.73) plus the wireless operator's text-messaging charge.
Live 8 organizers say that an initial amount of money raised from the ticket lottery will be divided between the charities Prince's Trust and Help a London Child. Both organizations opted not to hold their own charitable concerts to make room for Live 8 in London.
All additional revenues will be used to finance the production of the concerts in London, Paris, Rome, Berlin and Philadelphia, held simultaneously July 2. Any excess income left over, will be allocated to the Band Aid Charitable Trust.
The series of concerts are aimed at focusing attention on Africa's problems ahead of world leaders' G8 summit July 6-8 in Scotland.
Goldsmith tells Billboard.biz that a final location has been found for the concert in Paris. Instead of initially taking place at the Champ de Mars, below the Eiffel Tower, the concert will now be staged by the Versailles castle, in the suburbs of Paris.
"There's been a lot of talk about this concert and a lot of politics had been going on but it had nothing to do with us," says Goldsmith. "Versailles is a great location which can take as much as 200,000 people."
An additional Live 8 concert has been added but it will take place on July 6 in Edinburgh, Scotland, instead of July 2. Held at the Murrayfield stadium, it will feature Travis, Annie Lennox, Snow Patrol, Dido, Texas and the Proclaimers, among others.
Goldsmith says an additional line-up of acts will be announced June 13 for the various concerts. "It is the first time I've been involved in an event which has received such a response from the artist community," he says. "We are swamped by artists who want to perform, for good reasons."