The Live Aid benefit concert was a dual-venue concert held on this day in 1985, in London, England, and Philadelphia, United States. It was organized by musician Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia. The event aimed to bring together the world's top musicians and engage a global audience to contribute to the cause.
Who performed at the Live Aid concert?
The Live Aid concert featured an impressive lineup of renowned musicians and bands from various genres. In London, artists such as Queen, U2, David Bowie, Elton John, The Who, and Paul McCartney took the stage. In Philadelphia, performers included Madonna, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, and many others. The event saw over 75 acts performing across the two venues.
How many people attended the Live Aid concert?
The attendance figures for the Live Aid concert vary between the London and Philadelphia venues. In London, the concert took place at Wembley Stadium, and it is estimated that approximately 72,000 people attended the event. In Philadelphia, the concert was held at John F. Kennedy Stadium, and the audience size was estimated to be around 99,000 people.
How much money was raised through Live Aid?
The total funds raised through the concert exceeded £150 million (around $280 million). The money was donated to various charitable organizations, including Band Aid Trust, which was established by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to administer the funds and ensure they reached those affected by the famine.