Live Aid concert getting made into stage musical - details

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2 Oct 2023, 10:13

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Live Aid’s iconic 1985 concert is going to be getting the musical treatment - and it will be on stage very soon.

The musical adaptation of Bob Geldof and Midge Ure’s charity event will be shown at London’s Old Vic Theatre from 26th January to 30th March.

Based on the Live Aid concert which took place on 13th July 1985 to raise money for those affected by the ongoing famine in Ethiopia, the musical is called ‘Just For One Day.’ 

It will feature songs from Queen, Sir Paul McCartney, U2, Sir Elton John, and Sting - reflecting how all of these bands and stars played at the original event.

Giving his approval to the musical, Geldof said: “From seeing Just For One Day throughout its development, if this musical encourages just one person to have a positive impact for the better, then it will be a job well done.”

He also joked: “I’m looking forward to seeing it at The Old Vic… it better not be s***!”

Speaking with the BBC about the production, he added: “This isn’t a tribute thing. I wouldn't have anything to do with that. So there isn’t a person dressed up as Freddie wearing a crap moustache. The songs drive the drama along.”

On the topic of the drama, he said: “The story is based on actual testimony from the day. It’s real people telling their story throughout this. So it’s complex theatre.”

The Band Aid Charitable Trust has given full permission for the production of the musical, and 10% of every ticket sale will be going to the trust.

Made by John O’Farrell, the writer of Mrs Doubtfire, and Luke Sheppard, the director of & Juliet, Geldof says his first impression of the show's initial workshops were very positive.

“We were blown away. I have to say there was not a dry eye in the house,” he admitted.

Just For One Day will begin at The Old Vic in London in January 2024. Tickets will go on sale for all at 12pm on 6th October 2023.