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Will Live 8 make a difference?
People waiting to go to Live 8 concert in Hyde Park, London
The Live 8 series of anti-poverty concerts for Africa has begun across the globe with the aim to raise awareness for the need for aid, debt cancellation and fairer trade for Africa.

This is a second page of your comments on the event.


The following comments reflect the balance of opinion we have received so far:

Most of the people in Hyde Park are there for one thing alone: to watch the bands and have a nice day out. Raising awareness by showing distressing pictures of poverty is one thing, but so far I haven't seen anyone telling these spectators that changes to their own lifestyles will make even more of a difference than standing in a park, clapping along. What about switching to fair trade products and buying from companies that work in partnership with the developing world, rather than exploiting it?
Sarah Cunningham, Guildford, Guildford, UK

I am very disappointed with the lack of coverage given by the BBC to the African artists playing for Live 8 at the Eden Project
Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr
I am very disappointed with the lack of coverage given by the BBC to the African artists playing for Live 8 at the Eden Project. It is most unfortunate that while on the one hand the theme is "helping Africa" the BBC, Bob Geldof and the concert organisers consistently fail to portray the positives of Africa, including ignoring the contribution that Africans can, should and are making to the Make Poverty History campaign. As an African, I find it deeply offensive that no Africans were included at Hyde Park (Youssu N'Dour shared the stage briefly with Dido) because it tells me... even those who say they want to help Africa, actually have very little respect for us as Africans.
Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr

Having read the above comments, some more cynical than others, I cannot help but wonder why it is that people are so quick to abandon hope of ever helping a whole continent of people in need of help. People may be there for the music, but the music is bringing billions all over the world together and the concerts are there to remind everyone of what happens every day in a different part of the world.
Olga, London, United Kingdom

So far I've watched the entire event on television and I can safely safe It looks amazing. Due to work I couldn't attend the event myself, but watching it live on television is the next best thing. Sir Bob has done us all proud, and hopefully the message has got across in time for the G8 meeting. It's going to take plenty of time and effort by everyone to even begin to resolve the African issue, but at least this is a start, at least were doing something to help which in my book is a great thing.
Anthony Rock, Croydon, UK

Whatever the cynics think, this is a truly historical event that will change the change the world for good
Kes, Barnsley

Absolutely fantastic, the cause, message and delivery is better than 20 years ago and it's jam packed with top acts of the day. Looks like the people who are watching Live 8 are enjoying it so much that they've kept off the internet for the afternoon; which would explain the large number of negative comments here. Whatever the cynics think, this is a truly historical event that will change the change the world for good, hail Sir Bob!
Kes, Barnsley

My only worry is if we drop all this debt, who's going to pay for the black hole in the economy? I don't see the banks and financial institutions or the government offering to cut my council tax or loan repayments, yet I struggle each month to provide for my family.
Simon Rochelle, South Shields

Sad isn't it that there are so many cynics. Of course concerts don't directly solve poverty. People don't either but governments can and they have to respond if enough people show they are behind a cause. And don't go on about the musicians - they are doing what they do best but doing it for the cause. How many of you would be thinking about poverty if it wasn't for this gig?
David, Milton Keynes UK

The US coverage here is shocking, hardly seeing any music and every few minutes VH1 and MTV are cutting to commercial breaks. I very much hope that any revenue generated through these ads goes to Live 8.
Paul Noble, From Newport Wales, now Virginia USA

How many nations in Africa are well-governed? No amount of free money, debt relief or whatever will help the weak and penniless there until their leaders are held accountable... At present, any wealth flowing in is highly likely to flow into demagogues' pockets and help keep them in power. No one has an answer, and neither does Live 8. It's just another example of rich folks going through feel-good, self-righteous motions.
Mary Sturdivant, Mountain City TN USA

Great acts, but why the egomaniac presenters on the BBC coverage? The idea of Jonathon Ross introducing a clip of Brian Wilson by saying "I've met Brian Wilson, he's not what he was" is laughable. Brian Wilson is a genius, whereas Jonathan Ross has never been half of what he apparently thinks he is. It must be a problem for him getting anyone in to interview who will fit in a studio at the same time as Ross's ego.
Dave, Manchester

I already knew Africa was in huge amounts of debt, and that in some areas poverty was extreme. This event has not heightened or broadened my understanding of these issues. However, my awareness of some significant gaps in my record collection, especially around the era of say The Boomtown Rats has. Is it me, or am I just being cynical?
Pete, Frimley Green

No, Live 8 will not make any difference other than to momentarily raise awareness of the plight of Africa. Many of the assumptions implicit in the utterances of the Live 8 performers are eminently arguable, and at times downright disturbing. We are all appalled at the poverty of Africa, but the assumption that this is therefore the fault of G8 nations is spurious at best. Live 8 is on the verge of becoming a platform for irritating and wearisomely naive "right-on" political posturing and platitudes.
John, Shrewsbury, England

If we can logistically manage an event so huge, so all-embracing, then yes, we can as a world, do something about the grotesque poverty that still afflicts our troubled earth
Zeba, Brussels, Belgium

I've been watching all day long and intend to continue watching long into this amazing night. I'm a jaded cynic where it comes to politicians and aid, but I do think that the enormous number of people watching, participating, signing the petition, will send a clear signal to the world's leaders... If we can logistically manage an event so huge, so all-embracing, then yes, we can as a world, do something about the grotesque poverty that still afflicts our troubled earth.
Zeba, Brussels, Belgium

Listen to the endless whingeing on this message board and abandon all hope. Most of them have missed the point anyway - this is an exercise in applying pressure, and the reactions from the G8 muppets has made it absolutely clear that that pressure has hit home to some extent.
Simon, UK

Bob Geldof is one of the world's greatest living people. He will be remembered in history on a par with Nelson Mandela. I'm proud to be part of his generation. Live 8 has been a fantastic success. When Bob brought on that beautiful African girl who had been saved by Live Aid, I wept tears of joy. All power to you, Bob, and God bless you.
Ann Croft, Cleethorpes,

Raise awareness - yes. Do anything to improve things in Africa - no. Just like Communism, banishing poverty is a lovely idea but it is doomed to failure because it depends on everyone involved sharing a common goal and vision - and because of people like Mr Mugabe and his friends that just isn't going to happen.
David, Milton Keynes, UK

Surely, the next Live 8 should be held in Africa
Kurian Abraham, Britain & India
It's fantastic to get together to party like wild in the world's leading cities like London, for instance. But surely, the next Live 8 should be held in Africa. I've seen "third world" poverty first hand. It has a devastating effect on you but ultimately a majority of the people in the world, whether we're in the poor or rich world, are helpless to do anything about grinding poverty unless people say to their governments, enough is enough, we want to share our money more. It's not a case of breaking the capitalist cycle, but more a case of countering the damaging effects of having too much money in the hands of the relative few.
Kurian Abraham, Britain & India

I think it will take a lot more than any amount of money to revive Africa's fortunes. In the current political climate I doubt the resources will feed down to the people who need it most but I wish them luck and god bless all the same.
Bosie Reece Dixon, London, Covent Garden, UK

How can a pop concert really make any difference? Sure, for one day people gather en-masse and feel good about heightening awareness, but it quickly recedes into the background. I feel that this project will have about as much impact as "Live Aid" did 20 years ago - it is more of an opportunity for exposure for the participating artists than an event to address issues and come up with action plans. Awareness is lovely, but it must be backed up with action. What are these people actually doing to make poverty history?
R, London England

So the man who made his millions selling overpriced software to the poor nations (and complains when they pirate it) has the cheek to "ask" G8 leaders to help?
Mark, Lancashire

Congrats Bob - a fantastic job, one man who really has and does make a difference.
Nick Fawcus-Robinson, Ashburton, UK

Live 8 already lost its credibility the moment Bill Gates stood on stage with the organisers of the event. This is the same person that makes business deals with the corrupt governments in Asia and Africa. His company agrees to censor internet traffic in order to please oppressive regimes that controls and limits freedom of speech.
Tangina Talaga, USA

The BBC have got what today's all about all wrong. The concert and all the celebs are only the vehicle for the real issue. The real issue is, like in Comic Relief, being highlighted in the short films in between the acts, that the BBC aren't showing. Instead, we have yet another celeb being prompted by Jonathan Ross to say what an 'amazing atmosphere' it is there. Seven hours of this will be what I remember of the 'amazing' Live 8 experience. Show us, don't tell us, and let us see what its really all about - what Bob intended.
Matt Ayer, Bittaford, England

I am not happy with the BBC's coverage of live8. They've been talking over the top of one of my favourite bands, Muse. Obviously it's live so things are going to go wrong, so I'm not complaining about that... but please, only talk between bands.
Ben, Brighton and Hove

What are you doing? Why do you keep cutting away from the videos showing the real reason for today's event? Surely by cutting these out for mindless interviews misses the whole point of what today is about?
Steven & Sarah Walker, Matlock, UK

Life is a very precious gift, heaven sent. I am proud of our musicians.... what better way to get the message across. Thank you all for caring enough to do what you are doing today. As far as the politicians are concerned, Think life not price, think people, not money... after all, there is more than enough money to look after everyone in this world. There is also enough money to support the education for survivability. Everyone deserves the right to live.
Val , Yeovil, Somerset, UK

Live 8 can only make a difference if the so called Western donors take a serious stand about corruption in Africa. They are in fact part of the contributors to the poverty and suffering of the continent because all the cash stolen here in Africa by our corrupt politicians are deposited in banks there in the West. Let the West stay away from corruption practices with African governments and let the African people will feel the effect of their aid.
Chi Primus, Buea, Cameroon

I think it is brilliant that you are trying to banish world poverty. However, in order to do so the African governments need to stop corruption so that the people of Africa can benefit from today's efforts.
Angela Elvin, Hull

Nobody can seriously expect the well meaning efforts of Bob Geldof et al to have any effect on solving the problem of poverty in Africa. Twenty years have passed since Live Aid and here we go again. As near as I can tell the poverty problem in Africa is worse today, hence the move by Geldof. Unfortunately, it'll take more than a concert every 20 years to cure poverty in Africa. If only life was that simple.
Alan Walsh, Ancaster, Canada

Of course not. I thought this concert was all about awareness. I am sat watching at home on BBC and so far there has been no awareness. Just the bands playing and lots of people talking. Why aren't we seeing the video clips at home like they are in the park?
Leona, Bristol

If one life is saved by the money raised or the debt cancelled then the event was worth it
Digant Val, UK and India
It is a cynical world indeed looking at some of the comments posted. I totally support the event, as it shows that it is raising awareness (even if it is these cynics). I would say that even if one life is saved by the money raised or the debt cancelled then the event was worth it. We have to believe that we as humans are good by nature and will help our fellow human beings, even if they may be thousands of miles away from us. Remember the world is becoming a smaller place! Thank you to all the artists who took time out to help others, well done Bob!
Digant Val, UK and India

Judging by the comments here it would appear that Live-8 has already failed, as half the people commenting seem to have no idea what Live-8 is about.
R J Tysoe, London, UK

Maybe the 20 year gap since Live Aid makes it seem better than it was, but today's concert is frankly a bit of a shambles. The much-heralded Sgt Pepper seemed a bit feeble and pathetic, and didn't even come close to Quo's opener. Maybe it's time that Macca, Bono and co did something worthwhile with all their money instead of subjecting us to this!
Al, East Yorkshire, UK

I would like to say that all the performances were ace! I remember the last Live8 and I was two. Keep up the good work and I know we will make a difference to people in Africa and we can cure those diseases that kill. Give Poverty the PUSH! Keep up the good work - I am watching all the time at home with my mum.
Nicola Catherine Cook, Camberley, Surrey UK

There is no doubt that such a high profile nature of Live 8 will create a much needed awareness in the arena of international development. It is imperative that the message be made clear: More donor funding is needed, more accountability should be set up for better governance, debt relief should be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Everyone should be involved in poverty reduction - we cannot afford to sit still and look at how people are suffering and not have that sense of compassion. Having worked in the UN agency before, I am convinced that poverty can be eradicated, but it requires the support of everyone in the rich countries. Live 8 will be a good start to that process.
Kevin Siow, Melbourne, Australia

As a public service the BBC should show us what we need to see, not what they think we might like to watch. As Chris Martin said - they are not doing their job properly by cutting the film at the end of Coldplay's set. I, and probably a great many others, wanted to see that film as that is what this is all about - we need to be educated and know more about what the issues actually are. People need to be shown things like that as they will not view them out of choice.
James Bartlett, Telford, England

Live 8 Day is just that - one day. Its success is down to how long we - the global community - will care about bringing an end to poverty and overwhelming problems in Africa. We have a huge responsibility to keep knocking on those 'power doors' and insist they make that change. Mahatma Gandhi said that 'we must become the change we want to see.' Are we up to the job? I hope so...
Sandi Chaitram, London, UK

I am appalled that the BBC are doing messy idiotic links rather than showing films about the actually issues that the crowd are seeing...sort it out please!
Sophie, London, UK

This concert will make such a difference to peoples personas of Africa. The G8 leaders have to sit up and listen this time. These issues cannot be swept under the carpet. We shouldn't and we won't let them. Bob Geldof is my hero and deserves all the praise he gets. I'm 15 and have been to Africa four times and seen the devastation poverty causes. Make history - make poverty history.
Laura, Newton Aycliffe, UK

Watched a bit on TV but gave up. Anymore sweet talk from those "pop stars" and I'll throw up. The acts are too short, probably can't wait to go back to the VIP lounge. Complete waste of time.
Eric, London

It would certainly help if the BBC highlighted the 'make poverty history' web site and text number, which as yet I have not seen on the TV screen. I thought this event was put together to send a message to the G8 leaders. It is equally as important for people to sign up to the present cause.
Paul Fox, North Wales

You want to make a difference? Then do something with that money that will make a long term difference
Gaya, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Raise awareness? I think it already has. But the question is awareness of what? Most people seems to be talk about the concert and mentioning poverty as a side item. Lets get to the real issue here. Poverty. Poverty is present in the majority of the world, especially in the Third World countries. It is not going to go away, no matter how many concert you have, a bunch of rockers getting together is not going to change that. You want to make a difference? Then do something with that money that will make a long term difference. Like building some schools, building irrigation systems etc using local labour. Do something that will help lift up the people, sustain them, educate them. Give them a helping hand but do it so that once you take your hand away they won't fall again. Only then will we come close to curbing poverty.
Gaya, Colombo, Sri Lanka

I was at Live Aid and felt that it was doing some good at the time. Live8 may do some good this time. People cannot expect everything to change but if even a few lives are saved then it is worthwhile. Geldof has engaged more people in this debate than any other person on the planet and by the end of this day you can guess what the most talked about issue will be.
James, London

Apparently some of the boards advertising LIVE 8 have been defaced with the messages "Hypocrites" and "Don't oversimplify poverty". To those who do not understand; it's not about oversimplifying anything, it's about doing something as opposed to nothing. If money helps and awareness helps, and if hope helps, then LIVE 8 will have done something, and it will be a greater something than the nothingness of mindless messages of bigotry. In the time it took to write those vindictive messages, thousands of people will have died of malnutrition related diseases, and you've just wasted your precious time writing messages of hate. In the time it took, you could have saved another child. Get it in perspective!
James Conaghan, Reigate, UK

Watching it at home, awesome, we hope it's going to make a difference.
Claire, Malc, Patience, Carlisle

Once again the political media bumblers in South Africa seemed to have dropped the ball. There is absolutely no coverage whatsoever, on any TV channel or radio station, of any of the Live 8 concerts - including the one in Johannesburg. The entire effort has been made for Africa - the reaction? Blind apathy from the takers.
Lutz Kranz, South Africa

Of course it's oh so very easy to just sit back and make cynical comments when you're sat in your cosy armchair with no worries about where your next meal will come free or wondering whether your child will survive the night...
Phil Bridges, Southampton

Cancelling Third World debt will be a major mistake. Throwing more money in aid at African countries will simply fund bigger wars. To everyone spouting "make poverty history" and putting pressure on G8 leaders - you'll all change your tune when we have to have massive tax increases to pay for it all. Well done, and thanks
Anon, England

I am a Ugandan who lives in America. The live concert will indeed make a difference in African economy, politics and social issues, however the West should follow-up on the developments. After sometime, the West should also show the positive images of Africa - not showing only people dying of famine, disease, Aids, remember, if the West keeps up their stereotype, it keeps other investors from investing in Africa, thus the poverty will never cease to exist.
Daniel Kibuuka, Reading, PA, US

I just had to switch off the TV... I can't stand it. Big advertisements for Nokia and AOL underneath the videoscreens, all the Z-list celebrities with a backstage pass that are being interviewed, Bono in his smug designer gear knowing he will shed another load of CDs by performing here ... bah!
Matt, Plymouth

People vote with their wallets in any election and the only 'poverty' they are really interested in is their own. For Africa, they are white rubber band because we 'care'.
Gerry Noble, Salisbury, UK

I think the concerts will put pressure on the leaders - but Africa doesn't need aid in the form of money. It's the aid that we are giving them that is making them fall deeper and deeper into debt. World leaders - just cancel all the debts and leave Africa be. And if you are going to give Africa aid - it needs to be so that they benefit, not us. We don't need the money so don't ask for it back. And don't give them conditions such as 'you can only spend this money on British companies'
Emily, Portsmouth, England

This is the beginning of global awareness of the urgency to tackle the problem of our time - poverty in Africa
Clifford Mashiri, Erith, Kent
Live 8 will indeed make a difference because Sir Bob Geldof has good intentions and a track record. Of course the Group of 8 will have to move fast on corrupt African regimes which are terrorising and impoverishing their own people by destroying their so-called illegal houses who are already suffering from the unfair terms of trade with the West. Live 8 will help change the attitudes of the leaders of the G8 towards African people because they are being told to do so by their own people like Sir Bob Geldof, Bono and others. There may not be miracles but this is the beginning of global awareness of the urgency to tackle the problem of our time - poverty in Africa. I can only express my deepest thanks to Sir Geldof and his colleagues for their selflessness.
Clifford Mashiri, Erith, Kent

As a 17 year old, my opinion may not count for much, but I might as well add it. Of course we must get rid of the poverty in Africa, but the Live 8 concerts will do little in my opinion to help. Geldof wants more and better aid for Africa, but the more we give, the more will be going to corrupt governments. If we really want to help we need to get rid of those governments, and start trading more with these countries. Studying economics has shown me that trade will boost economic growth in these countries, and that will get them out of debt and poverty. Despite what many think, globalisation would be a good thing for them. So all the people that are shouting for more aid and better aid need to be aware that more aid isn't going to do the trick.
Alex, Sherborne, UK

While it is good to raise awareness and stimulate some needed debt relief, I'd like to see the multi-millionaire rock stars kick in significant amounts of money to demonstrate to others what they'd like all of us to do.
Gary Kuechle, Buffalo, USA

Of course it will make a difference! In an era of 'compassion fatigue', here we are having meaningful discussions about how to help solve the problems of Africa. That has to be a good thing. I don't care who initiates those discussions; pop stars, politicians, whoever - anything to make sure we - in our cosy and extravagant lifestyles - don't forget the realities of life for millions in less developed countries.
Megan, London

Another media fest to further stroke the egos of the "artists" performing. More support and higher billing for African musicians would be a great deal more convincing.
John Wallis, London, UK

Live 8 won't make a difference. Africa doesn't need help with foreign aid, Africa needs help with Aids. If Live 8 was sponsored by condom companies then I would be impressed with Geldof's project.
Anne Mitchell, Toronto, Canada

Mekelle in Ethiopia had two large refugee camps during the infamous 1984 famine, the one that provoked the mass global reaction and culminated in Live Aid. I have just returned from invigilating an exam at the Teacher Training College where I am a volunteer, and the college is on the southern edge of the ground where one of the famine camps was located. I had a chat with some of my teaching colleagues this morning while we waited for the exam papers to be delivered. I commented on the fact that elsewhere in the world, millions of people were raising awareness and money for Africa. "Ah yes, it's the Bob Geldof day... ah, yes well he is involved in organising it but it's not about him, it's about Africa." The others in the room had heard of it on the news, but weren't sure that it would change the problems in our college. I invigilated a physics exam where every student needed a calculator to answer the paper, but only two students actually had a calculator. Then I passed a wasted beggar on my way home, the hope gone from his eyes. Then a brand new school bus swept by with bright and clean children leaning out of the windows singing songs to celebrate the opening of yet another private primary school in town, but at just over 6 for 3 months, its well out of the realm of the ordinary citizen. I need to know that my incredibly hard-working colleagues and friends here are going to really benefit from the campaign to MAKE POVERTY HISTORY .
Beth W, Mekelle, Ethiopia

If Geldof truly wanted to make poverty history he would be using is cosy 'friendships' with the likes of Tony and George W to stop arms being sold to the countries in question. Cancellation of debt is one thing but the freed up cash will not get to the people who need it while dictators like Mugabe are in power and using the cash to fund their lifestyles and militia.
T Gray, UK

Deal with the corruption in Africa. How come their leaders live in palaces in the lap of luxury while so many are dying of starvation? Instead of spending money on concerts and Bob Geldof's ego, it would do more good handing it to charities, also, maybe the so called pop stars should contribute generously as well.
Bill Morrison, Aberdeen Scotland

Why is there only one African act at the London gig? Oh no, I forgot, they aren't as important as Joss Stone, U2 etc, and don't sell as many records, which explains why they've all been shipped off to play the Eden Project instead. Good to see where everyone's priorities truly lie.
Amy, Reading, Berks

To all those cynics - you've been proved wrong - not a single chord has yet to be played and we're all talking knowingly about African poverty believing we know all the issues and have all the answers. Cynics go back to your little Western comfy mod-con pit, draw the curtains, have a nice sweetened cup of tea (fair-trade of course) and ride out the day without music knowing Live8 achieved its objective of raising awareness even before it began. If the G8 don't listen then I don't see how you can blame some musicians for trying?
John Preece, Norton Canes, Staffs

I will have the TV playing in background (we have the London concert broadcast in real time) as I don't really care much for most of the performers. Sadly, although I have my white band I don't really think the concerts will change a lot, if any at all. The campaign might do something by showing our presidents what we think - but the concerts themselves have no actual goal. I'm saying that as Live8 got (little) coverage in the local media and mostly thy didn't even bother to explain the MakePovertyHistory campaign at all.
Tania, Yavne, Israel

Any help that can be offered by whomever must be considered a good thing from Africa's perspective. But unfortunately, any such help will only represent a drop in the bucket compared to what is really needed - major international trade reform and the long-term control of greenhouse gas emissions. Until that happens there is little hope that poor countries in Africa or anywhere else will stand much of a chance into the future. Can we in the prosperous Western world allow 50,000 human beings to die each day? The short answer is quite simply "Yes" - if it means that our current standard of living is at risk.
Victor, Oxford, UK

It's our chance to say 'no more, not in my name'
Kevin Neil, Plymouth, UK
Sorry to see so many cynics on here. OK, so rock stars get publicity, so what - they do that anyway! Does anyone have a better idea? If so, get off your backside and do something, at least Bob Geldof has. This guy is a god, he's not only passionate about this issue, he has done so much to make sure the whole world is talking about it. Politicians only get away with it when people are kept in the dark, well unlucky guys Bob has shone a pretty bright light on what the world has been up to. We are all culpable, and that's what this is all about. It's our chance to say "no more, not in my name".
Kevin Neil, Plymouth, UK

I won't be watching. You will only make poverty history by making obscene wealth history. The stars of Live 8 are not part of the solution, they are part of the problem.
Bill, London, UK

Another futile smugfest for those who think 'something being done' is to join hands and sing. It would be ridiculous were it not such a tragic waste of time and effort. When we stop putting a sticking plaster on the wounds and begin to ask who is doing the wounding then we might have something to sing about.
Chris McColl, Bournemouth, UK

Live 8 raises awareness of poverty, but the music is the major draw for a lot of people I think. Perhaps people should try to go just one day without eating anything to understand a little of what real poverty would be like. We have the choice, many do not.
Garry, Edinburgh

I think the whole Live 8 thing is pretentious and serves no purpose - everyone is already well aware of the problems in Africa. If it were a fund-raising concert I would feel differently, but as it is, this is just a means of making lots of non-African people feel good about themselves, when in fact they are achieving very little. Bob Geldof is patronising, and it is naive to think that organising some free concert will solve Africa's problems.
Jacqueline, London

People care? Get a grip - these people are only going to Hyde Park to listen to the music! If they were really concerned about African poverty they would attend the marches instead. Wake up guys, people say they care, but the idea of a free gig comes first!
Alfie Noakes, North of England

I don't see how being cynical about Live 8 is constructive at all. Would it be better to do nothing and carry on regardless? I don't think so. I'm also a bit staggered that people think they know these rock stars so personally well they feel they can comment on their Live 8 motives with such certainty. Lighten up people!
Al, London, England

These events certainly make us all aware of the issue, but the first such event did not succeed in its aim because poverty in Africa is still with us and nothing has changed.
John B, Milton Keynes, UK

Well, obviously I sincerely hope it makes some difference to the level of poverty in Africa (or, more ideally, the whole world) and I hope all the people attending the various events have a fantastic time. However, the state of the world is not going to be changed by a handful of pop gigs or by a load of millionaire celebrities persuading us to give our money to charity. And it's certainly not going to be changed by a misguided Bob Geldof cosying up to George Bush, Rupert Murdoch or Tony Blair. There's something much deeper-seated that needs to change - the attitudes of the world's ruling classes towards trade, property, land ownership and the balance of power.
Adrian Clark, Sutton, UK

I find the reasoning for the event noble and I understand that their cause is not to raise money but through public outreach to influence the politicians who are meeting Monday to change their policy towards those who are in less fortunate positions. Unfortunately, America seems to not care too much about global affairs and there is only a two hour highlight reel broadcast here.
Joseph, Houston, Texas, United States

It is a fantastic opportunity to show that the world still cares
Rachael, Dubai, UAE
Yes, I will certainly hope to watch it, either on TV or through the internet. It is a fantastic opportunity to show that the world still cares. It might not have an immediate impact, but at least the effort is being made.
Rachael, Dubai, UAE

Unfortunately I won't be able to watch Live8 live as Foxtel (pay TV) is the only channel in Australia to broadcast the London event in its entirety. There are three hours of highlights on commercial television Sunday night. Disgraceful.
Rob, Sydney, Australia

Just when i had just about overcome my own cynicism, the BBC announce that they will be broadcasting the event in big screens throughout the country, including Jersey and Guernsey. What part of Live 8 does this represent - rich tax havens against poverty?
John Edjvet, Hove

Live Aid and Band Aid were several years before I was born, and this may be one of the biggest events of the century! Of course I'm watching!
Daniel Kyle, UK

I won't be watching a load of overblown, self-indulgent individuals who are only there because of the publicity. Whilst a culture of corruption exists in Africa, we're wasting our money. Focus on something we can help as individuals - the environment.
Rob, UK

There is not a single band on the London Live 8 roster that I would want to see - apart from the Scissor Sisters (who I've seen already), they're all ancient rock dinosaurs. Plus, I fail to see what it is going to achieve. They've not trying to raise money and 'awareness' counts for nothing if everyone leaves the concert feeling that that's it, they've done their bit. As the editor of the Wire wrote so accurately, Live Aid may have been attended and watched by millions in 1985, but it didn't stop people voting for the Thatchers and Reagans who did so little to remedy these problems first time around did it?
Keith, United Kingdom

There really are some horrible cynical people in this world if most of the comments on here are anything to go by. Why do they seem to think that everyone in the music industry is an egotistical, money-driven monster? Have any of the negative people on here actually got up and tried to do anything about global poverty? I bet not...
Jamie, United Kingdom

Pink Floyd reunion! I'm not interested in the cause, there are too many arguments about it, but Floyd getting back together, now that's got my attention! You can forget the rest.
Moodi, Sheffield UK

Most of the bands are has-beens, using the event to restart their careers and cash in from increased CD sales
Bob Tims, UK
No, I won't be watching. Most of the bands are has-beens, using the event to restart their careers and cash in from increased CD sales.
Bob Tims, UK

I will be there - yes it will be great to see the performers but let's not miss the point! It has raised awareness - G8 leaders will be in no doubt that we are watching them. If they and others see it differently then it is because they want to. We will all be able to sleep knowing we have tried to do something - will they?
Lynn, Herts, UK

No - it has not made the slightest bit of difference - we had the Biafran crises in the 60s, the Live Aid in the 80s and now this - and as long as individuals like Mugabe are acknowledged and accepted as leaders then the problem will continue. Also, why don't some of these 'stars' get their cheque books out - I am sure that they can spare the odd billion between them - this is all about massaging fragile egos and pumping up the pretty unbearable Geldof monster. Another waste of time...
Dave, Brighton, UK

No I will not be watching. The music industry these 'stars' represent is just another part of the unfair globalised economy that keeps Africa poor. The fact that the African stars have been kept to a side show at Eden whilst the Western artists get the full glare of publicity is sadly symbolic. Shame on you Bob Geldof for colluding in such patronising and unfair marketing. What a shame Africans themselves are not being allowed to take centre stage.
Andrew Barrett, Peterborough, UK

Surely Britain has a moral obligation to do all it can to help ease the suffering in Africa, maybe even apologise for some of the damage done over the last 200 years. We must remember our role in bringing about some of the awful problems now faced by the people of Africa. Their natural resources helped our nation become the global power it is today. I see today as the start of us taking responsibility for our past. We live in a democratic society, lets celebrate that and remind those we elected what we expect of them next week.
Rebecca Ward, West Midlands, UK

I wish I could be there! It might not work, but at least we'll have tried. Thank God for Geldof
Anne Touyet, La Rochelle, France

Poverty stricken black Africans and mega-rich white pop singers? Where's the connection? In a world of cynicism, how is this going to help in the long run? Solving these issues requires the long run approach, not the short sightedness of commercial rock and roll and mass appeal. The problem lies with removing the crippling tariffs imposed upon poorer countries by the G8, IMF, the World Bank and others. Remember that Africa can feed the world instead of seeking indenturing loans. It has the land and the labour to do so. It's only hindered by internal politics and G8 economic agendas that prevent it.
Yani, Montreal, Canada

Bob Geldof is naive if he thinks a few egotistical old rockers can change the face of world politics. No, I won't be watching Live 8.
Barb Garner, E Sussex

I will be watching the Live 8 concert in Barrie, Ontario
Jasimin, Toronto, Ontario
Yes, I will be watching the Live 8 concert in Barrie, Ontario but I am also anxious to see the other concerts that will be broadcast. I hope this will be a good way to increase awareness and support for the poverty stricken people in Africa.
Jasimin, Toronto, Ontario

Yes I will be watching at home with my family. I remember the Live Aid concert with fond memories so it will be interesting to compare the two concerts.
Tim Lumley, Messingham, UK

My friend's parents, who are in their 60's will be attending but being of much more affluence, they will watch it from the balcony of a pricey hotel instead of standing with the masses. Seems like little more than a free concert to me as rock and roll has little to do with poverty in Africa, really.
Ginger, Baltimore, MD, USA

I can't wait to see U2 perform!
Ray Hatten, Hertfordshire, UK
This is for a commendable cause. Just as Joss Stone mentioned this should have been done sooner. I have five tickets to see the concert. I can't wait to see U2 perform!
Ray Hatten, Hertfordshire, UK

No I won't be watching. I didn't watch Live Aid either. It just doesn't do anything for me and I really don't think it will do anything for Africa either. I don't know what the answer is but I think this is all about massaging egos, artists in effect saying 'look at me, look how good I am to do this', then going away and living a life of luxury whilst those in Africa still starve and suffer political oppression.
Lorna, Weston-super-Mare, UK

Although I'm happy this will raise money for (and hopefully get to) people who desperately need it, I can think of many more important things to do than listen to a bunch of musicians pat themselves on the back and rant about capitalism and globalisation.
Brian, Kansas City, USA




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