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Tsunami Relief concert: Your reaction
Millennium Stadium General Manager Paul Sergeant and singer Katherine Jenkins hold up a banner promoting the Tsunami Relief Cardiff concert
The biggest charity concert since Live Aid has taken place in Cardiff.

Tsunami Relief Cardiff featured a host of top acts including Keane, Snow Patrol, Eric Clapton and Goldie Lookin' Chain.

Sixty-one thousand tickets were sold for the event at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, with millions more watching the show on TV, radio and the internet.

Were you watching the Tsunami Relief Cardiff concert? Send us your comments and reaction.

This debate is now closed. Thank you for your comments.


The following comments reflect the balance of opinion we received:

A great, great night
Peter, Frome UK
What a concert - the bands gave so much and yet I was asked to pay only £20 for 8 hours of the best. The organisers perhaps should have doubled the price and then they'd have raised so much more - and it would have been still a bargain. But a great, great night. Hurry up with the DVD!
Peter, Frome UK

Whilst agreeing with the sentiment and with the obvious exception of Eric Clapton, I have never seen such a talentless bunch of people. Is that really the best that the UK music industry has to offer these days?
Tony Hague, North Yorkshire

I cannot believe some of the negative comments made by people on this page. I was at the concert and it was fantastic. So many people enjoying a wide range of music for around 8 hours, and all for a very good cause. For it to be put together in three weeks was astonishing. Congratulations to the artists the organisers, the hard working staff and the paying public for one of the best concerts I've ever been to.
Dale, Cardiff

It was absolutely fantastic, we had a fantastic day. The highlight, was my favourite band ever, The Manics had the greatest reaction from a crowd that large that I had ever seen. It was a great feeling to be part of it all.
Sarah, Cardiff, Wales

What a show. This was my first proper concert at any big venue and I was very blown away. There was clearly a buzzing atmosphere. To see over 60,000 people was something I will never forget in a long time. Thanks to everyone who help organise it.
Darren Standham, Fallowfield, Manchester

Disappointed in the lineup for the concert. Other than Lulu and Eric Clapton I've never heard of any of these UK acts. And I couldn't believe they would only give Lulu time for two songs in a 8 hour concert. Still it was a good cause and raised needed funds. But it's certainly not up to the star power of Live Aid. It's a pity the organizers in the UK couldn't get a full list of major acts with real talent and not just the flavour of the week acts.
BC, USA

There was a real feeling of togetherness on the day
Jonathan, Doncaster
My legs are still aching from standing up for nearly eight hours on Saturday - what an occasion, I will remember it forever. To say people didn't appreciate why they were there is ludicrous, every time the totals came up on the screen people disappeared and came back with a T-shirt, led light or baseball cap in a bid to hit the £million target. There was a real feeling of togetherness on the day, and it showed when the target was reached and beaten! If a concert like this can squeeze another £1.25 million out of us, then long may the tradition continue.
Jonathan, Doncaster

I was there at the concert, it was amazing! Feeder were by far the best as they got the crowd jumping. I felt annoyed that Liberty X seem to mime every song, wasn't it worth letting us hear them sing live for once? Kelly Jones was also amazing and GLC stole the show! They are so entertaining! You knows it! So pleased that I went and I am amazed at the money it raised. I feel proud to know that I helped to contribute to the final amount of money. It was all worth it
Lesia, Chepstow

I was fortunate enough to be at the concert on Saturday, and it is a night I will remember for the rest of the night. It is great idea to raise donations by this concert. Some people say it might be just a celebs' free publicity or showing off. But I don't think so. Celebs have a significant influence to us, especially young people who usually do not care about disasters or unfortunate things in the world. Even if I, a normal Japanese girl, try to raise donation in front of a station, perhaps I could only collect £50 per day. So their impact on public is huge and an effective way to help people.
Cherry, Kyushu, Japan

What a show. This was my first proper concert at any big venue and I was blown away. There was clearly a buzzing atmosphere. I mean to see over 60,000 people was something I will never forget in a long time. Thanks to everyone who help organise.
Darren Standham, Fallowfield, Manchester

A crowd of 61,000 people all singing the same song for the same reason
Chris, Somerset, England
I was fortunate enough to be at the concert on Saturday, and it is a night I will remember for the rest of the night. There were some indications that there was limited preparation time, but it was an astounding feeling to be in the middle of a crowd of 61,000 people all singing the same song for the same reason.
Chris, Somerset, England

Craig David and Lemar have to be two of the finest talents the UK have ever produced. Why can't we make this event annual? Let's give all the time, not just when there is a massive natural disaster.
Mathew Martin, Stockton, NE England

I think that there is a demand for a triple live CD and DVD set with all proceeds going to the Asian Tsunami Appeal. It would raise a lot more money and would appease national TV viewers without digital to see songs that weren't shown on the highlight shows.
James Carver, Wokingham, Berkshire

What about some acknowledgement for all the background people who are there from start to finish. So the stars are working for a couple of hours free, but those guys are actually doing the real hard work. Well done them I say.
Gilly, Oxford

It was absolutely fantastic, we had a fantastic day. The highlight, was my favourite band ever, The Manics had the greatest reaction from a crowd that large that I had ever seen. It was a great feeling to be part of it all.
Sarah, Cardiff, Wales

The Manics appeared unstoppable
Richard Dundas, Derby, England
A phenomenal evening constructed by phenomenal people. We should all be proud of what can be achieved when the nation unites. The bands were also stunning, the Manics appeared unstoppable. Monumental.
Richard Dundas, Derby, England

I can't believe it takes something like this before people are charitable. While I'm not trying to say that what happened in Asia isn't bad, I just think it's rather sad that we don't notice the needy on our own doorstep. There are millions of homeless people and orphans living in the U.K. and people don't even bother about them. It's really quite a bad reflection on society that it takes a disaster such as the tsunami before people give.
TB, Bradford

It's a breath of fresh air to see the Welsh taking the centre stage for such an important event. I'm sure it will be a huge success.
Fudge, Edinburgh

What an amazing show
Ricky, Edinburgh
Wow, what an amazing show, it goes to show what can be achieved when people come together. I'll be making a donation tonight, I hope you will too.
Ricky, Edinburgh

Hailing originally from Wales, I will definitely be watching this significant event via the internet in Moscow, Russia.
Michelle, Moscow, Russia

It's great to see a huge part of British culture being used so effectively to help those less fortunate than ourselves. It's one of the only good things that this century's music has done for us so far - long may it continue.
Catherine, Suffolk, UK

Is it really necessary to have a concert to raise money? Haven't people given vast amounts of money already with no concert? Isn't this just a way these celebs can get a little free publicity? Wouldn't it be more cost effective for the celebs themselves to donate some of their millions to the cause and save everyone the time and effort, not to mention the expense of putting on a benefit concert?
Rachel, Devon, UK

It is fantastic that this concert has been pulled together with so many big names so quickly. However I do think the lack of TV/ radio coverage is slightly disappointing. If you do not live in Wales or have access to digital radios it is impossible to listen to the whole concert. Surely they could have raised even more money by getting people to pledge whilst it is live, by showing means of donating (phone numbers for DEC etc) on the screen whilst showing the event? It is such a shame this can not be viewed by the general public easily.
Jane, Midlands

Well done to all of those volunteers and acts who have donated their time
Lisa, Edinburgh
What an achievement in just 3 weeks! It's really shown how much the Tsunami disaster has made everyone sit up and take notice. Well done to all of those volunteers and acts who have donated their time, what a brilliant example they are to everyone else. I can't wait to watch the highlights on TV!
Lisa, Edinburgh

The fact that this concert has been pulled together in 3 weeks is a testament to the strength of feeling we have here in the UK towards the plight of those in SE Asia. However, there are businesses and individuals who make many times the £1m target in profit each year and while they may have made a donation, one wonders if it has been 'all they could afford'.
Gwyn, Crewe, UK

I'd love to watch it from the start but I'm at work until 5:15pm. We might get it shown on the TV screens around the centre when it starts - I sure hope we do!!
Kris, Swansea

It's great that so many acts have signed up to do this show which will raise a lot of money. On the other hand, it is a shame that it has taken such a huge disaster as the tsunami for such a huge fundraising event to happen. Where is the concert for relief of Third World debt?
Julia, Stockport, Manchester

I'm working in a call centre right next to the Stadium, can't wait to hear it through the office windows!
Rob, Cardiff

Good to see so many top names playing at this top event. Can't make it to Cardiff but will be watching.
Richard Harries, Cwm, Ebbw Vale, Wales

We can't just make a donation and get a warm glow, we have to keep helping
Tom, London, UK
I agree with Rachel. It's a publicity stunt. If the "stars" had stumped up a fraction of their earnings, a great deal more than £1.25m would have been raised.
Mark, Kent

Great idea, but pity they couldn't get any decent acts to play!
Mike, UK

This is absolutely brilliant. The last time anything like this happened was when we had Live Aid, which helped a lot. This is to help those who were affected by a disaster which will take not just days, weeks and months, but several years to recover from. This is not to mention those survivors who may suffer from psychological effects. Keep it up.
Pratik, Liverpool, UK

I can't believe it takes something like this before people are charitable. While I'm not trying to say that what happened in Asia isn't bad, I just think it's rather sad that we don't notice the needy on our own doorstep. There are millions of homeless people and orphans living in the UK, and people don't even bother about them. It's really quite a bad reflection on society that it takes a disaster such as the tsunami before people give.
TB, Bradford

One thing everyone has to remember is that the humanitarian aid will have to go on... and on... We can't just make a donation and get a warm glow, we have to keep helping. If you really want to make a difference, make a monthly standing order and remember to claim "gift aid" (if appropriate).
Tom, London, UK

A phenomenal evening constructed by phenomenal people. We should all be proud of what can be achieved when the nation unites. The bands were also stunning, the Manics appeared unstoppable. Monumental.
Richard, Derby, England

If only people understood how much more desperately the people in Africa need their money
Jack, London
It's worth remembering that in the next 10 days in Africa, the same amount of people that gathered in the Millennium Stadium today - 60,000 - will have died from Aids. Lives that we could be helping to save. I'm not saying we don't help the people in Asia rebuild their lives, of course we do. But, with the level of man-made crisis and disaster we have in this world of ours, it's about time we all stopped spending so much time and money on fighting and weapons and started spending it on something more useful and worthwhile.
Alfie, Wales

I really enjoyed the concert on my little internet screen in my bedroom - Manics, Feeder were awesome. I'll stick another fiver in the donation tin round here some time this week.
Rae, Wellington, New Zealand

A brilliant, wonderful, amazing concert - something to remember for a long, long, long time! Thanks to everyone who played - a fantastic way to raise money.
Bryher, Cardiff

Though the tsunami relief concert was a success, I'm just wondering if people understand that so many more people are dying in Africa every day. If only people understood how much more desperately the people in Africa need their money...
Jack, London

I think it is entirely necessary to raise more money for the disaster fund. To say it's free publicity for the artists is truly outrageous. I suppose if the artists publicly declared how much they had personally donated to the fund they would still be accused of getting free publicity!! It is a pity the concert wasn't televised nationwide but perhaps a DVD/video can be released quickly. I wish I could have been there.
Hayley, Norfolk, England




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