The day the music changed the world
The most ambitious, successful concert of all time with the worlds biggest names in music. The event cost $4m, took only a few week to organise and went on to raised over $200m for famine relief, and all the artists performed for free. At one point it was reported that 95% of the worlds TV's were tuned in to Live Aid and the American call center for donations crashed when over 700,000 pledge calls all came at the same time. It was also one of the largest-scale satellite link-ups and television broadcasts of all time with over 190 TV and 2000 Radio broadcasting stations.
Incredible statistics when you consider that this event occurred in a time before the Internet, mobile phones, e-mail, text messaging, instant messaging, social networking and blogging. For just one day through music and an worthy cause, much of the world actually felt connected. Needless to say that the greatest fund raising concert on earth in 1985 was the start of all the "Relief" fund raising events of today.