Curtainraiser : Singers, humanitarians unite for Live 8

Himalayan News Service


Every single day, 30,000 children die, needlessly, of extreme poverty. Eight world leaders, gathering in Scotland for the G8 summit, will be presented with a workable plan to double aid, drop the debt and make the trade laws fair. If these eight men agree, then we will become the generation that made poverty history. But they’ll only do it if enough people tell them to. That’s why Live 8 — five concerts, 100 artists, a million spectators, two billion viewers and one message... To get those eight men, in that one room, to stop 30,000 children dying every single day of mere poverty. Sir Bob Geldof, Richard Curtis, Midge Ure, Harvey Goldsmith alongwith the staff of their organisations around the world and many local partners are making the concerts possible. The concerts are scheduled in the five cities on July 2.

Radio Express, USA has appointed Hits FM 91.2, Kathmandu as one of the “LIVE 8 worldwide family of affiliates”. Thanks to Honda Unicorn (in Kathmandu) and Nokia and AOL (worldwide sponsors) listeners in Kathmandu will get to listen to the 11-hour concert spread over a period of three days: July 3: Sunday, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm and 11:00 pm - Midnight, July 4: Monday, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm and 11:00 pm - Midnight, July 5: Tuesday, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm. Before the broadcast of the Live 8 Concert on Hits FM 91.2 there will be a one-hour special giving details on the event on June 25 and July 2, 9:00 - 10:00 pm.

About G8: The G8 brings together the leaders of the worlds most powerful countries — the USA, Canada, Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Russia. This year they meet from 6-9 July in Gleneagles with Britain’s Prime Minister, Tony Blair hosting the summit.

Bob Geldof on Live 8: “This is not Live Aid 2. These concerts are the start point for The Long Walk To Justice, the one way we can all make our voices heard in unison. This is without doubt a moment in history where ordinary people can grasp the chance to achieve something truly monumental and demand from the eight world leaders at G8 an end to poverty.” Here’s where the concerts are taking place and who is performing: Venue: UK - Hyde Park, London. Artistes: Annie Lennox, Bob Geldof, Coldplay, Dido, Elton John, Sir, Joss Stone, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Paul McCartney, Sir, Pink Floyd, REM, Robbie Williams, Snoop Dogg, Sting, U2, UB40, Velvet Revolver The concerts will also take place in France - Palais de Versailles, Paris (Sheryl Crow, Shakira, Placebo, Tina Arena and Yannick Noah), Germany - Siegessäule, Berlin, Italy - Circus Maximus, Rome, USA -Museum of Art, Philadelphia (Will Smith, Bon Jovi, Destiny’s Child, Jay-Z, P Diddy Sarah McLachlan and Stevie Wonder), Canada -Park Place, Barrie (African Guitar Summit, Barenaked Ladies, Bryan Adams, Deep Purple and Tom Cochrane) and Tokyo - Makuhari Messe (Bjork, McFly and Good Charlotte).