On this day in 1985, the Live Aid concerts were held
In 1985, the world would bear witness to one of the greatest music festivals ever assembled. Organized by Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in the effort to raise funds to fight famine in Ethiopia, LIVE AID recruited some of the biggest names in music at the time, including Queen, David Bowie, U2, and Judas Priest among others.
With one concert in Wembley Stadium in London, England and the other in Philadelphia, PA, both concerts ran simultaneously with a combined estimate of 172,000 people in attendance.
Live Aid eventually raised £40m. Half of the money was spent on food and half on long-term development.
The two concerts lasted for a combined 16 hours.
The British concert ended with Do They Know It’s Christmas? and six hours later, the US concert concluded with We Are the World.
One billion viewers in 110 countries watched the live broadcast thanks to thirteen satellites.
To ensure continuity in the broadcast, artists were given no more than 20 minutes of stage time and as it was in aid of famine had to pay for their own food.