Live Aid 1985 – The dual concert in London and Philadelphia

Live Aid 1985 – The dual concert in London and Philadelphia

A benefit concert held on Saturday 13 July 1985, as well as an ongoing music-based fundraising initiative. The original event was organised by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for relief of the ongoing Ethiopian famine.

It was one of the largest-scale satellite link-ups and television broadcasts of all time an estimated audience of 2 billion, across 150 nations, watched the live broadcast, nearly 40% of the world population.

The event was held simultaneously at Wembley Stadium in London, UK, attended by about 70,000 people, and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, US, attended by about 90.000 people.

Live Aid Wembley Stadium, London 1985
Wembley Stadium / Image: Getty Image

The Wembley Stadium closed in October 2000 and demolition commenced in December 2002, completing in 2003 for redevelopment. The new Wembley, opened in 2007 on the site of the original Wembley Stadium.

The John F. Kennedy Stadium was on the east side of the far southern end of Broad Street. In 1989 Mayor Wilson Goode condemned the stadium due to multiple findings by city inspectors that the structure was structurally unsafe and a potential fire hazard. Renovating and repairing the stadium was quickly ruled out, and it was demolished on September 23, 1992. The Wells Fargo Center now stands on the site, now part of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex.

Live Aid JFK Stadium, Philadelphia 1985
The Wells Fargo Center / Image: via

Featured Image: Live aid 1985 Philadelphia London / Image: unknown, via Pinterest (John F. Kennedy Stadium) Image: Mike Cameron/Redferns (Wembley)



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