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How fans from Wales saw Live 8

Hyde Park crowd
A sea of more than 200,000 people flooded into Hyde Park

They were the concerts the world watched, as millions saw many of the globe's biggest acts perform in person, on TV and on the web at Live 8.

Among the vast crowd at Hyde Park, London, were readers of the BBC Wales News website who won tickets in our competition.

What did they make of the performers, the crowd, and the issues which brought so many people together?

Here are their views from up close of a remarkable event.


David Bradford
David Bradford
David and Jessica Bradford, Crumlin:'Mariah Carey's still on, but Uncle Bob told us we had to go home or otherwise we'd never get the train. A disappointing end, but it has been great, and we're here for one thing: to make poverty history.'


Jessica Bradford
Jessica Bradford
Jessica Bradford, Crumlin:

The day had finally come. I was like a little schoolgirl jumping around with excitement, listening to the radio for the build-up.

The atmosphere around Hyde Park was just amazing, everybody talking to each other in the queue and on the long walk to the park of about two miles.

And finally we entered the concert. I found this very emoitional and felt like crying. It started to hit home the real reason why were all here.

Annie Lennox
Ex-Eurythmic Annie Lennox moved many with her song Why?
Coldplay I found were amazing, and when they brought Richard Ashcroft on for Bittersweet Symphony, it was an amazing collaboration and was a highlight of my day. And to my surprise Dad enjoyed this too.

Snoop Dogg was brilliant, although Dad didn't agree and couldn't understand a word he said. REM were absolutley amazing when they sang everybody hurts I found this the definitive song of the day it touched a nerve for all those children who are suffering.

Just as Dad was letting his hair down (what's left of it) Bob Geldof came on and said that people who had trains and tubes would have to go as the concert was running late.

This spoilt an absolutely amazing day, as we had to leave to catch the train home.

But hey, the DVD will be out soon. And much to my surprise I must be getting old, as I enjoyed all the bands that Dad did!


Kulvinder Kaur
Kulvinder Kaur
Kulvinder Kaur, Machynlleth:

It was a beautiful day.

I knew it when U2 proclaimed so in unison with 200,000 people; I knew it when those same people fell silent to collectively mourn for the dying in Africa; I knew it when I saw Brad Pitt make a sincere plea for the those dying people; and I knew it when Ricky Gervais performed THE dance.

These were just some of my memorable moments from Live 8, a day when the world came together and said "no" to people dying in poverty.

Almost all of the musicians gave their reasons for performing at the concert and these reasons were never far from our minds. The films showing the tragedy of poverty in Africa punctuated the wonderful music.

No-one, including George, Gerhard, Jacques, Junichiro, Paul, Silvio, Tony and Vladimir, could fail to be moved by the message
Kulvinder Kaur
Annie Lennox's haunting performance of Why? to a film of Africa's Aids victims left the crowd visibly stunned. Her message was clear and music simply breathtaking.

The most poignant moment of the day was a speech by an African woman whose beauty was in stark contrast with the heartbreaking picture of her as a starving child 20 years earlier, shown on a huge screen above the stage.

If there was any doubt in my mind as to whether Live 8 could make a difference, it vanished then.

Madonna began her set with a rousing cry of: "Are you ready to start a revolution?"

Stereophonics' Kelly Jones
Stereophonics played old and new material in Hyde Park
The crowd sang along to Like a Prayer in collective reverence to the queen of pop, her performance of Ray of Light was definitely the most energetic of the day and there was no doubt that her music had made the people come together. She was phenomenal.

No-one, including George, Gerhard, Jacques, Junichiro, Paul, Silvio, Tony and Vladimir, could fail to be moved by the message of Live 8.

It was a day when I realised the truth of Nelson Mandela's assertion: "It is not kings and generals who make history, but the masses of the people".


Bethan and Geraint Taylor
Bethan and Geraint Taylor
Brother and sister Bethan and Geraint Taylor, Pwllheli:

Absolutely amazing.

Although it went on for nine hours, the atmosphere seemed to get better and better, as did the line-up.

The only boos of the evening were saved for Mariah Carey's decision to use Live 8 to launch a new song
Bethan and Geraint Taylor
It was a pleasure to see Keane, Coldplay, Dido, Scissor Sisters, Razorlight, Madonna and the like, and a privilege to see Pink Floyd, The Who, U2 and REM in action.

The Stereophonics received a phenomenal reception, and Robbie Williams went down brilliantly with the crowd.

The only boos of the evening were saved for Mariah Carey's decision to use Live 8 to launch a new song.

The comedians introducing the acts were hilarious. I wish Koffi Annan had used the platform to say a few more words, but it was good to see him there.

Finally, we would also like to thank BBC Wales for letting us be part of this global event, which was watched by billions, and held in such a noble cause. We really hope that the G8 heads of state take note, and take action!


Caroline Collier
Caroline Collier
Caroline Collier, Pontardawe:

I was lucky enough to be there to witness it.

The show began with footage of that historic concert 20 years before, and we were reminded that once again being given a chance to change the world not through raising money this time, but by saying in one voice that poverty, and the underlying issues, had to be made history in the 21st Century.

Paul McCartney and U2's rendition of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band was an inspired choice to kick it off.

Pink Floyd... a musical experience like I've never experienced before
Caroline Collier
U2 followed with a great set, which included the very apt One. Coldplay came next riding high on last weekend's Glastonbury success, and one of the highlights of the day had to be Richard Ashcroft joining them on stage to perform the seminal Bittersweet Symphony.

Sadly, for the first hour, the crowd away from the front seemed to me to be a little flat for such an awe-inspiring event and line-up.

Fortunately this didn't last very long and the Stereophonics (who had the crowd going a treat) seemed to mark a real turning point in the overall atmosphere.

Cardiff crowd watching Live 8 on big screen
A Cardiff big screen crowd saw U2 and Paul McCartney open the show
There are so many highlights it is impossible to mention them all: Razorlight, Travis, Keane, Snow {Patrol and REM all gave excellent performances.

The Who showed they've still got what it takes to rock alongside the best of them. And then there was a Pink Floyd the world has not seen for over 23 years, a musical experience like I've never experienced before.

It's impossible to talk about Live 8 without mentioning Sir Bob Geldof. It is his driving force (along with that of Midge Ure) which made these concerts happen around the globe to raise awareness for this most important cause.

Witnessing first-hand his passion and vision for making the world we live in a better place, a place where a child in Africa no longer dies every three seconds can convince even the most cynical of people that this cause is both just and right.

That's why we were there - not just for the great music but also to make a difference to the lives of those who need our help desperately.


Cath Briggs
Cath Briggs
Cath Briggs, Swansea:

What a fantastic day.

You immediately got the impression that everyone felt extremely privileged to be at this once in a lifetime event. People were recalling Live Aid in 1985 and were somewhat overwhelmed to be part of this one.

At first, the crowd didn't seem enthused about the cause but more excited about the music. Although the estimated one-hour queues turned out to be three hours, people were extremely patient, although the slow progress did dampen spirits a little.

Due to this, we missed the start and Bob Geldof's perhaps most important speech of the day. The atmosphere throughout the day was somewhat of a rollercoaster of excitement and flat lulls.

I may be biased but the Stereophonics were the first band to get the crowd going
Cath Briggs
Most acts made a "cause" speech, but with no individuality. No-one seemed that bothered until Annie Lennox; hers was the only truly moving performance and, combined with the video of her in Africa, it brought many to tears.

The video messages broadcast between acts were extremely powerful. They were humbling and brought home what was trying to be achieved.

The bands all performed excellently. I may be biased (being a Swansea girl) but the Stereophonics were the first band to get the crowd going and did an excellent Motorhead rendition.

Similarly, Travis did a surprising Bee Gees rendition which brought a smile to many a face. The band that stole the show for me, though, was Pink Floyd. What an amazing performance for a bunch of "oldies" (and I say that with the utmost respect).

The line-up was an eclectic mix comprising of new and old, young and classic. This pretty much summed up the audience too.


Zoe Mott, Cardiff:

All of the performances throughout the day were amazing, but the sets performed by the Stereophonics, Razorlight and REM were definitely the highlights of my day.

Just when the energy of the audience began to fade Robbie Williams livened things up with Queen's We Will Rock You
Zoe Mott
Between the performances, video clips of the other Live 8 concerts that were being held around the world were broadcast to Hyde Park, as was footage of people in countries suffering from poverty as a reminder of the purpose of the day.

The concert attracted millions of viewers from around the world in order to promote awareness of the poverty in which so many people in less economically developed countries live. The atmosphere in the park was absolutely amazing!

Just when the energy of the audience began to fade Robbie Williams livened things up with Queen's We Will Rock You.

To have been present in Hyde Park for Live 8 was an awesome experience and I can't wait to see the photos!



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