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Live Aid set to be transformed into stage production

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Live Aid, an iconic charity concert event held in 1985, is set to be the inspiration for a new stage production at London’s Old Vic Theatre next year.

The musical, ‘Just For One Day’, will feature songs played at the event from acts such as Queen, U2, Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney and Sting. It will run between January 26 and March 30. 

Live Aid was a benefit concert held on July 13, 1985 at Wembley Stadium in London and simultaneously at John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia. 

It was organised by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise further funds for the 1983-85 famine in Ethiopia, building on the work of charity supergroup Band Aid. 

The musical will benefit the Band Aid Charitable Trust, which will receive 10% of every ticket sale. It was conceived by John O’Farrell, who wrote the ‘Mrs Doubtfire’ musical and Luke Sheppard, who directed the musical ‘& Juliet’. 

The original Live Aid also boasted a line-up of musical legends including Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Madonna and more. 

Live Aid was attended by roughly 72,000 people in London and more than 89,000 guests in Philadelphia.