Live Aid 35th Anniversary: Look Back at Our 13 Favorite Performances

Honoring the 35th anniversary of the landmark event

July 13, 2020

    July 13 marks one of the most important dates in music history.

    In 1985, Live Aid was held on the date with an estimated audience of 1.9 billion people across 150 nations engaging in a multi-national concert experience.

    The event was organized by Bob Geldolf and Midge Ure in order to raise funds for relief of the Ethiopian famine. The event was held at Wembley Stadium in London with around 72,000 people in attendance and at John F. Kennedy stadium in Philadelphia with 89,484 people in attendance.

    Concerts inspired by Live Aid were held around the world on the same day in Canada, Soviet Union, Japan, Yugoslavia, Austria, Australia, and West Germany.

    Live Aid’s impact is still being felt to this day as it helped lay the foundation for benefit concerts and the ability of live music to bring us together. On the music front, numerous artists had their careers kickstart into high gear from performing at the event.

    Let’s take a look back at 13 great Live Aid performances.

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