The Live 8 series of anti-poverty concerts for Africa took place on Saturday across the globe.
About 200,000 people attended a huge concert in London's Hyde Park, featuring artists such as U2, Pink Floyd, and Madonna, while Tokyo, Johannesburg, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Moscow, Philadelphia and Barrie, Canada also hosting shows.
The final concert at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh coincides with the start of the G8 summit and Live 8's Long Walk to Justice rally.
Are you attending the final Live 8 concert? What were the highlights for you? Will the events help raise awareness of poverty in Africa?
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I was at Live 8 in Philadelphia, and it was inspiring. While sometimes a cynic myself, I think the most important thing that will come out of the concert is a sense of accountability at the G8 summit. Millions more will watch what happens at the summit as a result of this concert- maybe results won't come instantly for the problems Africa faces, but at least awareness has been raised on a global level. I am hopeful that the leaders at the summit will know that the world is watching them on Wednesday.
Lissa, Albany, NY
My 18-year-old daughter was hysterical with joy when she received her Live 8 tickets at rather short notice. She attended the Hyde Park concert with a friend and phoned us from there during the show to say that it was surreal, like being in a dream. She said she will remember it forever. We need such events to make strong impressions on today's young, as they are the ones who will make or break the earth's future. Bob Geldof is supreme at this.
Sass, Somerset, UK
I was there at London's Hyde Park Live 8 concert for an unforgettable day for the most worthy cause: creating awareness, dispersing information and calling to action. When we see a young Ethiopian survivor in person (as we did) who and how can any cynic question the worth of such a campaign? Fingers crossed for a positive G8 outcome.
Christopher, Florence, Italy
We camped out from noon on Friday to be at the front of the general admission section. The atmosphere of the campers was both anticipation and a true belief in the campaign. The finale brought tears to our eyes. One suggestion I would make is to get rid of the golden circle, as it didn't seem in line with the whole message being put across.
Simone Tyson, London
I went to the concert in Paris where there were over 200,000 people. Paris' suburbs were like a condensate of the globe, with people from all over the world. In fifteen years of working in aid and Africa, I have never seen such success in getting so many people to focus on global inequity and injustice. Balance will save us all, and we go together or fail together.
Ray, Paris, France (ex-UK)
I was at Hyde Park and felt privileged to witness the day first hand. To see and hear some of my heroes perform live, and be made aware that something as transitory as pop music can - and does, save lives.
Michael Walsh, United Kingdom
I was at Live 8 in Hyde Park. What impressed me the most was the unbroken respectful silence by 200,000 after the videos of African children suffering in poverty.
Rob Clark, Bath, UK
The concert undeniably worked for me. I have to admit I was very cynical about what a difference a concert like this could make. Then, when Bob showed the video showing very young children going without food, with a description of the way that their mothers would boil a pot of water pretending to prepare food and tell their children that food was on it's way until they cried themselves to sleep (when in fact there was no food to give them) - it finally hit home. At this point - being a new father at 29-years-old, to a newborn child, I really was in tears. I never thought I'd be touched in such a way.
Andrew Morris, Warrington
I was at Live 8 London. What struck me was that Bob Geldof takes my breath away. An ideal next Prime Minister! Young people will be inspired by him and he knows what is important. I was struck by the fact that one person really can make a difference. I think that this really will help. The next concert in 20 years should celebrate the end of ridiculous world poverty and hunger in a world where we also have food mountains. I now want to do what I can, I just lack Sir Bob's vision.
Helen, London, UK
Some cynics will say that events like this will never make a difference because of the corruption and other issues that plague governmental systems in much of Africa. I was at the concert in Barrie. Knowing that 2 million people worldwide were gathered, like me, standing united for this cause was incredibly moving and motivational. I will wear my white band with pride every day and ensure that I am educated enough to tell people why I wear it, who it is really helping, and what sort of a difference each and everyone of us can make.
Katie Murray, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
I was there! And I was very proud to be there. The show was incredible. The cause was just. Every newspaper and TV channel was there. Surely it will raise awareness! Surely the G8 and the political leaders of this world will take notice. The cynics may scoff but are these the same armchair pundits who criticise everything and everyone? At least Bob Geldof got up off his backside and tried. Back to the show. What a show. And if I stood on your feet while heading to the toilets then once again, sorry!
Michael Pope, Newport, Wales
I was in Hyde Park for Live 8 and it was a spectacular event and has raised awareness for extreme poverty. As for the sceptics I can only say that if they can find a better way bring people together to help Africa by putting pressure on G8 then please let's hear it! Bob Geldof is a hero of our times and should be recognised for all his efforts. The audience went wild when he played "I don't like Mondays" and it was one of the highlights for me as well as Pink Floyd and Annie Lennox to name but a few. Live 8 was a roaring success!
Angela Hale, Atherstone, UK
I am disabled and couldn't afford to go but I was there in spirit. My heart goes out to everyone involved. I pray it will make a difference.
Sue, Redruth UK
I was near the stage in Hyde Park and it was, bar none, the greatest day of my life. I was so thrilled to see Coldplay, U2, Madonna and Pink Floyd and so honoured to have been part of history. As a devout trade justice campaigner, I can only pray now that the G7 and Russian Leaders hear our plea and understand - this is their moment to act. The world has spoken, spoken out as one.
Satbir, London, UK
I was at Live8 in Hyde Park and have to say it was the best event I have ever been or likely to ever go to again. All the acts were on top form - Pete Docherty was too easily slated in the newspapers - that is his style of music! Let's hope the message gets through to the G8
Steve, Gateshead, UK
It's a pity that African musicians and other great musicians from the developing world were left out of all the main draws. Instead, they were later included as a 'side-dish' at Cornwall in what seemed to be just an afterthought.
I'm still shocked by so many cynical comments. Yes I was at Hyde Park on Saturday, and felt I was among kindred spirits. We have a choice - do nothing and nothing changes - or do something and have a shot at making good changes. I know which choice I'd rather take.
Jacks, London, UK
Philadelphia's live 8 was a peaceful, family affair, a party, biker's dream, and the centrepiece of a great celebration under beautiful weather. The show- compared to 20 years ago - put hip hop and R and B at the centre, with dollops of rock, jazz, country and progressive for good measure. The US show was not an epic.. reviewers panned it generally...and there was a sense of "is that all there is" from the most cynical. But don't believe the press. Philadelphia was a proud place to be on Saturday.
Gordon O'Hara, Malvern, PA USA
I was at Live8 in Hyde Park and one of the wonderful things about the event was the huge and diverse range of organisations (e.g Action Aid, Art for Africa, Save the Children, The Conversation Cafe) who were there giving out information about the problems in Africa, and encouraging people to understand more about poverty and the complexity of problems in Africa, and to participate in making a difference. Contrary to my expectations, these stands were almost mobbed by people throughout the afternoon, and showed that the concert genuinely raised awareness.
Emma, London, UK
Wasn't there but watched it. Townshend demonstrated some of the old magic, McCartney displayed again his complete mastery, but the best bit was Dave Gilmour's solo in Comfortably Numb - none of the "look at me" posturing, just pure music. Will it help the Africans? Yes, if it demonstrates any kind of public pressure on the politicians to get their finger out, but knowing how much notice Blair took of a million of us marching through Westminster about the Iraq war I begin to wonder.
To all you cynics out there - maybe Live Aid didn't solve the problem, maybe Live8 also won't solve the problem. But if it allows just one more person to live then surely it is all worth while? While it may not solve the whole problem (though I sincerely hope it will be the start of the solution), Live Aid did save peoples lives, and Live8 WILL start to make a difference... that is what makes it worth while!
Richard Pope, Swindon, Wiltshire
Yesterday was a wonderful day that I will cherish forever! I'm not ashamed to say that my scepticism was washed away by U2 performing "One", seeing the Pink Floyd boys put their differences aside and perform those four songs beautifully had me in tears. Whether Live 8 will influence the G8 summit I don't know, I do know that I feel more aware and more motivated to help those who are suffering. To all the cynics, I ask you what are you prepared to do to help others? Thanks Bob for helping me open my eyes...
Patrick S, London
As an Economics student, I know that despite the overwhelming success of the concerts, resolutions made by the G8 are unlikely to improve the problem of poverty in Africa anytime soon. But as a citizen of the world, it was beautiful to witness the coming together of so many hopeful individuals all showing their (albeit passive) support for a continent so many miles away from home.
Jason Lim, London, Malaysia
I can't think of a more disgusting and arrogant spectacle than that of the affluent people in the world enjoying themselves at a rock concert on the basis that this will help the poor of Africa. Words fail me.
Mark J, Stafford UK
I'm not normally one to be upset by bad language, but incidents such as Madonna's expletives were deliberate and un-necessary. Grow up, and stick to singing.
Ian, Leeds, England
I didn't watch it and I don't feel I missed anything important, Live 8 won't help anything apart from the music artists bank balances from increased sales.
James, Hull, UK
How encouraging it is to see millions of people around the world coming together to attend a free concert. Now let's see them all show their commitment by marching on Gleneagles....
Stewart, United Kingdom
We arrived at hyde park just after 12 noon, but didn't get through the gates until 2.45. It was so badly organised. The show itself was fantastic but people didn't think twice about sitting stuffing their faces while the videos of starving children were being shown. All in all a good day but I honestly don't think it will make a blind bit of difference.
Stacy Freeland, Bracknell UK
How can so many people have so many negative things to say about a positive effort? Do any of you cynical people have a better solution to have our voices heard with such a strong force? I attended the live 8 concert in Barrie, Canada and the message was clearer than the value of the entertainment world wide. I think it was a wonderful idea that served a real purpose and I really hope something good will come of this.
Leanne , St. Catharines, Ontario
I'm probably one of the world's biggest cynic and self confessed music snob, but being at Hyde Park yesterday will stay with me for a long time and felt proud to attend. For me it definitely wasn't about the bands (although the Floyd were amazing). Well done Bob, but please can we end a concert without the need for a 'Hey Jude' sing-along!
Craig Nelson, Guildford
Like so many others I was sitting at home listening/watching and no doubt this is a historic event with so many voices across the world joining for a common purpose. But there is only one person who needs to be convinced - George Bush. The problem is, he thinks he has the "political capital" and he intends to use it regardless of what ever anyone else thinks.
John Roberts, Prenton, United Kingdom
Heaven forbid anyone actually enjoy themselves while raising awareness for a situation! I note the commentators who pour scorn on the triviality of BBC coverage or the 'rich western' rock stars come from wealthy parts of the country themselves. This was designed to encourage young people, who hear nothing of Africa day to day, to hear a message they otherwise wouldn't hear. It will not solve anything, but it will lay the pieces of the puzzle out for the G8 leaders to acknowledge.
Come on; take off the rose coloured glasses. I don't think it will make any real difference. If our Government can't even sort out all the internal social problems we have here in the UK how on earth can they ever hope to tackle corrupt African countries. Wipe out their debt, yes that's a good idea, but some wicked leaders will still keep the poor and starving people down.
J Ford, Wycombe
Several times the amount of people at live 8 attended anti-war demos in 2003. They were ignored, so why does anyone think live 8 will matter? Anyway, I wanted Davenport. Shame about her injury.
I admire the efforts of Live 8 but I do hope that this does not just involve throwing money at Africa, especially into the hands of corrupt governments. Money needs spending by the West on schools, hospitals, agricultural methods, food distribution and cash into the actual hands of the poor. Nothing should go to governments, dictators or for the military. These people do not need weapons and those that they have should be removed.
Michael, Plymouth. UK
Its all funny because 95% Africans living in Africa have never heard of Bob Geldof or Live Aid. Obviously all the money from the last one has gone but we in Africa have not seen the effect.
Gabriel, Lagos, Nigeria
Without this event, the Edinburgh G8 summit (like many others before) would go largely unnoticed, save for a few passing comments on TV news bulletins. This time, the world will be watching much more intently than ever before and that must surely be a good thing. It puts pressure on the politicians to actually come up with solutions to these problems rather than the usual fudged (and invariably ineffective) compromises that help no-one but themselves.
I'm usually a person filled with cynicism and negativity, but I'm filled with optimism at this massive global demonstration of people power. It sends a message, perhaps not a perfect one, but a very loud message that these are issues we care about, that these are things we will stand up for and be counted. That is not to be sniffed at.
Anna Raffles, Edinburgh, Scotland
The outcome of next weeks G8 summit will now be the most scrutinised political event of all time. Worldwide. The leaders attending will feel the pressure and their careers will judged by their actions here.
Michael Chousmer, Chelmsford, UK
A fair number of the comments (that I've read here at least) have been along the broad lines of "it might not really make a difference, so why bother?" I'd have to say that I really disagree. If today's events around the world have help raise awareness enough for the G8 to feel pressure (even slight) and they do something about Third World debt, then Live 8 has achieved its aim - as I understand it.
I've spent the last few weeks looking forward to this mind blowing event, particularly as my husband and I have such great memories of the first one. I was so disappointed with the language used so early in the day, I have a son of eight and my daughter is six. We had hoped to watch the whole event as a family but, however I hadn't anticipated the sort of language that was to be used so early in the day. I'm so disappointed that I can't enjoy a an important piece of history with my children for the uncertainty as those we are setting our children to look up to have such a limited vocabulary.
Jane Sparrow, Saltburn, Cleveland
It truly saddens me that a concert designed to raise awareness is met with such ignorance. It's not about raising money, so criticising the musicians for being rich is hardly relevant. It's about our nations' attitude towards a serious problem. The sooner we can set up favourable trade agreements with African nations, the sooner they can escape from poverty.
William Grey, Guildford, UK
It is so moving to see so many people all around the world showing that they care. It puts my faith back into humanity. It makes me want to make a difference.
T. Gill, UK
I think it's dreadful that so many disabled people have been excluded from the concert in Hyde Park due to a lack of proper access provisions and inadequate information. I ended up giving away my ticket and have been watching the concert on TV. Disabled people are still something of an after thought when it comes to large events.
Rob , London
To a large extent it is our fault that Africa is in the mess it is in. It is less than 50 years ago that European nations owned most of Africa, treating the people and the land as one giant resource. Our trade rules are still weighted towards our own interests and are not concerned about paying African producers a fair price.
Sharon, Bedford, England
Is there a single person in the world who doesn't know that Africa is full of poverty? So what's all this "raising awareness" rubbish? A charitable whim - that's all this is to people like him... This concert is a truly embarrassing display of western rock stars parading in front of Africans who have to return to their poor lives after the stages have been dismantled. This won't make poverty history, it achieves nothing.
Patricia, Henley, UK
What a beautiful thing to have happened. Today is a magical day of the gatherings among nations. To see different cultures and styles collide in such a titanic magnitude is an overwhelming phenomenon.
J R Sinsua, Kota Kinabalu, Borneo, Malaysia
It's nice to know that there are so many people who believe that this will make a change in their lives. I assume that from now on you will be buying Fair Trade goods, giving up your cars, educating yourselves on where goods come from and who is involved in production etc and making yourselves more aware of the political situations that cause the poverty.
Pam Allibone, Wigan, England
Whether or not Live 8 in and of itself actually does anything to help the disparity between the rich and poor in the world, at least it's got people talking and hopefully thinking about the issue.
Graham, Edmonton, Canada
I'm rather pleased with all the effort put into the event. It certainly raises awareness and puts pressure on politicians but, all the aid in the world won't make poverty history. I'm of the opinion that the most effective way to make a difference would be to fight the corruption that diminishes any positive effect that can be made by financial aid. Billions of dollars have been donated since the 70s and yet, several countries are worse off than they were then. So it's obvious that the problems aren't just financial.
Sujo, Lagos, Nigeria
How can Nelson Mandela use this platform to appeal to all humanity to put an end to poverty, when the country in which he appealed from refuses to intervene in the terrible events within Zimbabwe? There are countries within Africa who could do a massive amount more to end the poverty of their neighbours, but choose to ignore it and hope that the other countries with a conscience will intervene.
Roger Cope, Burton on Trent, UK
Today's events are not about poverty in Africa but about a few ageing rock stars re-inventing their careers and a lot of well-meaning but naive do-gooders parading their haloes in Edinburgh. Nothing will happen (any more than it did 20 years ago with Live Aid) except that some murderous African despots and tyrants will be able to buy themselves a bigger palace or another private aeroplane. The problems of Africa will take centuries to solve and can only be solved by Africans themselves.
Roy Stockdill, Watford, Herts, England
The G8 is a vital political event (and it's not just about Africa either), which affects us all. Live 8 is trivialising it and missing a vital opportunity to educate and politicise young people in particular. This gig could have been a wonderful chance of broadcasting important political messages to a huge range of people. Instead, it is a farce. Relegating most of the African performers to the Eden Project rather than including them in the London event says all there is left to say about this shameless exploitation of a serious issue for entertainment's sake.
Alex , Hemel Hempstead, Herts
Peter Kay on stage entertaining 200,000 people and you go to an interview with George Michael - shoot your producer, please!
Tom Miskelly, Bangor, N. Ireland
Before today I thought Live 8 was a joke. Thanks to Bob Geldof I am converted. As someone born and raised in Africa and now living in UK I always found it hard to understand why no one spoke much about Africa. These few days, Africa is in all the media. Bob Geldof has achieved his aim, and I congratulate him. I hope words from world leaders will translate into action to take the tough decisions needed to at least half their trade subsidies. We know that will be more effective help to Africa than millions in aid.
Henry, London, UK
Somebody has pulled the wool over everybody! We in Britain enjoy a lifestyle. We all know that our business success has come at the expense of other countries. We know our continued success stems from the oppression of Africa. Every 20 years, we hold one of these concerts and raise a bit of money, trying to convince ourselves that we want equality between poor and rich. Strangely however, you don't see any of our political class removing any of the causes of economic strangulation which we impose on Africa.
Doug, Oxford UK
Africa is as corrupt and as desperate as it has been ever since it was "freed" from colonial rule. Live Aid did nothing to change things and neither will this one. If Geldof wants to make a difference he should start by persuading Africa that Mugabe has to go.
Adam, Wraxall, England
Although I am thoroughly enjoying the event I have to question the motivation of a few of those taking part. Robbie Williams, by his own admission having done nothing for the last two years, was only interested in explaining that he had flown in from LA where he lives and trying to arrange a date with his female interviewer, and looked considerably the worse for wear. This was followed by Peter Kay being interviewed by Jonathan Ross which, in the context of the event was a complete mockery. Are the BBC more interested in ratings and pandering to the stars then they are in presenting an historic event in the manner it was conceived?
Keith Tinkler, Howden East Yorkshire
How wonderful for lots of has been musicians to gather in praise of Africa. Not a single person has mentioned the genocide in Darfur. Robert Mugabe's systematic cleansing of opposition in Zimbabwe. The Lord's Resistance Army kidnapping children? The many ignored conflicts in Africa. The answers to Africa's problems are a lots more complex than a lot of pop stars performing at concerts in the developed world. And where are the big screens in Africa so the people they are supposed to be helping can react?
Clare, London, UK
It strikes me that the poor organisation of the event (i.e. the evident problems with the gold circle and the massive over-running of acts) is directing attention away from the purpose of the concert and onto the concert itself. The BBC is not helping matters by taking up valuable broadcast time with pointless interviews with musicians talking about the atmosphere in a London park, when they should really be asking why they got involved, and whether it was (honestly) for anything other than a bit of self-promotion. Velvet Revolver were a great example of a band that wanted their 15 minutes of fame - despite the fact that their onstage banter with the crowd suggested they had no idea what it was all in aid of.
Scott Allsop, New Malden, Surrey, UK
Live 8 will allow musicians to feel good about themselves while attempting to make the rest of us feel sick about ourselves. The rich can afford to donate their time and a small portion of their enormous wealth towards worthy causes. The rest of us get by paycheck-to-paycheck.
Rob G., Kansas City, USA
It is amazing how people can see the same act in so many different ways. I believe this is partially due to personal bias and being uninformed. For example, thinking that Bill Gates' appearance diminishes the value of the concerts. Bill Gates is probably the number one source of real contribution to the African crises. He and his wife personally oversee how the money is spent, unlike the UN where probably 75% of the contributions are used for administrative purposes.
Jay, Rome, Italy
When Geldof brought out the girl from the video it brought it home to me how events like this and the one 20 years ago do make a difference. True, the leaders of G8 did not bring about the poverty that is crippling and killing hundreds of thousands of people a day, but they are the ones who have the most power to stop it. They also have the political clout to oppose the corruption that they seem to be using as an excuse not to drop the debt and increase aid. I am watching the concert from beginning to end and wear my white band with pride.
Si H, Plymouth, UK
This event is about awareness about poverty, but it's also about participation on the global level. We can be cynical and say it's never going to help, or we can take our place in being a citizen of our planet and say what people have been saying all day: "Let's pay attention to the whole world and what they're doing; let's acknowledge the fact we are only one of billions; we're all in this together."
Victoria , Ottawa, Canada
Poverty isn't just a blight on Africa. Is there a risk that other countries will be forgotten in the tide of good feeling towards Africa? Also all these artists claiming that they are doing their bit by being there are misguided. Most will make a tidy sum on extra record sales without lifting a finger to do any more for the developing nations. How many of them are now going to go the extra mile like Bono and Bob have done? Once we get (hopefully) pronouncements on aid and debt relief next week everyone will pat themselves on the back at a job well done while the Live8 publicity fails to concentrate too hard on the main problem - fair trade. Perhaps they are scared of upsetting the applecart with Gordon and Tony?
This is hurting countries in Africa not helping them, these countries will fall into the aid trap of dependency. People have this idea in their heads that this money is going directly to the people who are starving. Actually, it is given to the government, who cream of a premium, then give it to the civil servants, who also cream off a premium by the time it gets to the destitute the aid money has fallen to 5% of its original amount. Bob Geldof is simply trying to nurture his broken ego.
Edward, Vancouver, Canada
I salute the courage of sir, Bob, but like Ghandi said, "even god should not appear to an hungry man except in form of a bread." Partying around the world in anticipation of the commence of the so call G8, summit does not mean much to an hungry child in Lusaka or a child on the street of Lagos. In my opinion, the G8 summit is nothing but a deceit and a failure. They gather every year, and yet trade barriers hang over Africa and other poorer countries.
Toate Ganago, US/NIGERIA