Join us at the BME on Saturday July 13th to celebrate 34 years since the original Live Aid concert was held at Wembley Stadium. We will be showing the Wembley Stadium concert in its entirety on our main screen during regular museum opening hours, so you can watch a little or a lot, and take a break to look around the museum or visit our Star Café before the next band take to the stage. As well as the footage, our LiveAid cabinet (pictured) is full of original memorabilia from 1984 onwards.
Live Aid was originally held on Saturday 13 July 1985, and is an ongoing music-based fundraising initiative. The original event was organised by Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for relief of the ongoing Ethiopian famine. Billed as the "global jukebox", the event was held simultaneously at Wembley Stadium in London, England, United Kingdom (attended by 72,000 people) and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States (attended by about 100,000 people). On the same day, concerts inspired by the initiative happened in other countries, such as the Soviet Union, Canada, Japan, Yugoslavia, Austria, Australia and West Germany. It was one of the largest-scale satellite link-ups and television broadcasts of all time; an estimated audience of 1.9 billion, across 150 nations, watched the live broadcast, nearly 40% of the world population.
The concert will be running on our main screen throughout the day, 10am to 6pm, meaning our regular stage shows, including our holograms will be suspended for the day to make way for this historical footage.
General ticket entry required.