Official Live Aid poster, artwork by
|Dates||13 July 1985|
Live Aid was a dual-venue
On the same day, concerts inspired by the initiative happened in other countries, such as the
The impact of Live Aid on famine relief has been debated for years. One aid relief worker stated that following the publicity generated by the concert, "humanitarian concern is now at the centre of foreign policy" for western governments. Geldof states, "We took an issue that was nowhere on the political agenda and, through the lingua franca of the planet – which is not English but rock 'n' roll – we were able to address the intellectual absurdity and the moral repulsion of people dying of want in a world of surplus." He adds, Live Aid "created something permanent and self-sustaining", but also asked why Africa is getting poorer. The organisers of Live Aid tried, without much success, to run aid efforts directly, channelling millions of pounds to
The 1985 Live Aid concert was conceived as a follow-on to the successful charity single "
The idea to stage a charity concert to raise more funds for Ethiopia originally came from
It was clear from the interview that Geldof had already had the idea to hold a dual venue concert and how the concerts should be structured:
The show should be as big as is humanly possible. There's no point just 5,000 fans turning up at
Wembley; we need to have Wembley linked with Madison Square Gardens, and the whole show to be televised worldwide. It would be great for Duranto play three or four numbers at Wembley, and then flick to Madison Square where Springsteenwould be playing. While he's on, the Wembley stage could be made ready for the next British act like the Thompsonsor whoever. In that way, lots of acts could be featured and the television rights, tickets and so on could raise a phenomenal amount of money. It's not an impossible idea, and certainly one worth exploiting.