Geldof Planning African Fundraising Concert
Bob Geldof and Midge Ure are expected on Tuesday (May 31) to confirm details of a major summer charity concert.Bob Geldof and Midge Ure are expected on Tuesday (May 31) to confirm details of a major summer charity concert. A media gathering has been arranged in London that day to announce plans for the "Live 8" concert, which will raise funds for relief efforts in Africa.
The Live Aid founders used the platform of the Ivor Novello Awards yesterday to hint for the first time at the initiative.
"What started 20 years ago is coming to a political point in a few weeks," Geldof told guests at the lunch-time gala. Noting that world leaders are due to visit the United Kingdom July 6-8 to attend a G8 summit in Gleneagles, he added, "There's more than a chance that the boys and girls with guitars will finally get to turn the world on its axis. What we do in the next five weeks is seriously, properly, historically, politically important."
The veteran musicians, who respectively fronted alternative rock acts Boomtown Rats and Ultravox in the 1970s and 1980s, were honored at the songwriters' gala with the award for the best-selling U.K. single of 2004, for "Do They Know it's Christmas?" The all-star Band Aid 20 recording topped the British singles chart for several weeks last December, and raised millions of pounds for charity.
Rumors on a Live Aid-style concert have circulated widely in the British press over recent weeks. The concert is expected to be held in early July at Hyde Park. Geldof and Ure are intending to use the star-studded event to raise awareness of poverty in Africa among world leaders.
According to the Band Aid Trust, the historic Live Aid concerts generated more than $140 million in donations and royalties for famine-decimated Africa. The trust is the custodian of the rights to the July 13, 1985 shows, which were staged at London's Wembley and Philadelphia's JFK stadiums.
One star has already confirmed his participation in the upcoming event. "Bob called me up and said I was doing it," Sting told the Associated Press the Novello awards. "He doesn't ask you, he tells you."