Just For One Day will tell the story behind both Band Aid and Live Aid
It’s been announced that Live Aid, one of the world’s most impactful charity concerts, is being turned into a musical – and it’s set to open at The Old Vic next year. Back in 1985, the now legendary gig saw timeless musicians take to the stage to raise money for Ethiopian famine relief. Two Live Aid concerts took place on the same day, one in London and one in Philadelphia, making a total of $127 million combined and going down in music history.
The story of how this came to be (as well as the precursor to Live Aid, Band Aid) is being retold through a new Live Aid musical, Just For One Day. The production is written by best-selling author John O’Farrell (Mrs Doubtfire, Something Rotten) and directed by Luke Sheppard (& Juliet, The Little Big Things) and features the songs of Bob Dylan, David Bowie, The Who, U2, Queen, The Police, Elton John, Paul McCartney, The Pretenders, The Cars, Status Quo, Paul Weller, Sade, The Boomtown Rats, Bryan Adams, Diana Ross, Ultravox and more.
Just For One Day will open at The Old Vic this January for a limited run until the end of March. Plus, to uphold the mission behind the original show, 10% of proceeds from the sale of every ticket to the musical will be donated to The Band Aid Charitable Trust, which has continued to work on the prevention or relief of poverty and famine across Africa since 1984.
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