About 60000 people attended to the Live 8 gig at Edinburgh’s Murrayfield stadium today. Musicians present at the concert included The Proclaimers, Jamie Cullum, Natasha Bedingfield, Wet Wet Wet, McFly, 1 Giant Leap, Annie Lennox, Sugarbabes, The Thrills, Midge Ure,Feeder, Embrace, Neneh Cherry, Youssou N’Dour, Beverley Knight, Texas, Kathryn Jenkins and Snow Patrol.
Proclaimers’ Charlie Reid opened the show.
"In this box are 38 million people who are ready to go to work on this issue, and that’s just the Live 8 campaign.
"When you add to that 157 million people who signed up for the global action against poverty in 75 countries, I would call that permission to spend your money." Bono
Other stars present at the concert, to introduce the musicians and give a piece of their mind regarding Africa’s problems were George Clooney, Lenny Henry, Davina McCall, Eddie Izzard, Bono, Susan Sarandon, Claudia Schiffer, Fran Healy, and of course, Bob Geldof.
According to The Times’ Lisa Verrico reviewing the show:
MUSICALLY, it was never going to match London’s Live 8, but being staged on the day G8 leaders arrived in Gleneagles, against a backdrop of demonstrations all over Scotland, Edinburgh 50,000 had the feel of a real political rally rather than a worthy pop concert. This wasn’t about rock legends reforming, flashy Yanks flying in to steal the show or gauging which band got the best Queen-like handclap from the crowd. It was a rather haphazard event full of passionate people who appeared to care as much about ending poverty as listening to pop.
To a non-Scot, the opening act The Proclaimers might have seemed distinctly second-rate compared with U2 and their doves, but in front of a sea of Scottish flags, the local band inspired an instant terrace chant and genuine outpouring of emotion with their 14-year- old hit 500 Miles. “Who says specs can’t do sex,” said host Lenny Henry, before changing into a kilt and furry sporran with horns. From the outside, it might have looked like gentle piss-taking, but inside Murrayfield, being Scottish — or at least pretending to have some sort of Scots affiliation — was a bonus. So we loved Jamie Cullum for draping his piano in a St Andrew’s flag for All You Need Is Love, a duet with Natasha Bedingfield; we excused Annie Lennox in a tartan scarf for a disappointing rendition of Bob Marley’s Redemption Song and we even joined in with Wet Wet Wet — admittedly, after some hesitation and only in the knowledge that the television cameras were pointing in a different direction — during the dreaded Love Is All Around.
Some of the biggest stars on stage were presenters, and not performers. George Clooney, Claudia Schiffer and Susan Sarandon delivered speeches, while Eddie Izzard told terrible jokes, played piano with Midge Ure during Ultravox’s Vienna, and filled in during a technical breakdown by conducting the crowd in Flower Of Scotland.
Bono hotfooted it from Glen-eagles with a black box that contained 38 million signatures of support and said that he had been campaigning on our behalf. Nelson Mandela sent a video message and Saint Bob decided this was a bill that he was big enough for and played Rat Trap and The Great Song Of Indifference.
African artists did get a look in, although not as many as had been promised. Youssou N’Dour was joined by Neneh Cherry for a sexy 7 Seconds and One Giant Leap brought along two African musicians whose names Izzard was not able to pronounce.
For a while, the speeches overshadowed the songs, but the big guns of Scot pop handed a wet night-time back to the fans. Texas’s Sharleen Spiteri bounced around and let fans take over Say What You Want.
Travis were almost drowned out during Why Does it Always Rain On Me? and Snow Patrol’s Run was a truly spine-tingling moment. Want to know the difference between here and Hyde Park? Not one of them was wearing sunglasses. This was a rare rock concert it wasn’t cool to look cool at.