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Release Date:
13 July 1985 (USA) See more »
The Global Jukebox See more »
The broadcast of the biggest benefit concert in history, organized by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for Ethiopian famine relief. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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I was there at Wembley. See more (18 total) »


  (in credits order)

Bob Geldof ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bryan Adams ... Himself (at JFK Stadium)
Stuart Adamson ... Himself (as Big Country)
Mo Amin ... Himself - Photographer

Adam Ant ... Himself

Nick Ashford ... Himself

Joan Baez ... Herself
Tom Bailey ... Himself (as Thompson Twins)
Garry Beers ... Himself
Big Country ... Themselves
Black Sabbath ... Themselves

Bono ... Himself (as U2)
The Boomtown Rats ... Themselves

David Bowie ... Himself
Andrew Bown ... Himself (as Status Quo)

Jeff Bridges ... Himself - Host
Pete Briquette ... Himself (as Boomtown Rats)
Charlie Burchill ... Himself (as Simple Minds)
Geezer Butler ... Himself (as Black Sabbath)
Tony Butler ... Himself (as Big Country)
Warren Cann ... Himself
The Cars ... Themselves

Martin Chambers ... Himself (as The Pretenders)

Chevy Chase ... Himself (at JFK Stadium)

Eric Clapton ... Himself

Dick Clark ... Himself - Host

Adam Clayton ... Himself (as U2)

Albert Collins ... Himself (with George Thorogood & the Destroyers)

Phil Collins ... Himself

Billy Connolly ... Himself

Elvis Costello ... Himself
Crosby Stills Nash & Young ... Themselves (at JFK Stadium)

David Crosby ... Himself (at JFK Stadium) (as Crosby Stills Nash and Young)
Chris Cross ... Himself (as Ultravox)
Simon Crowe ... Himself (as Boomtown Rats)
Alannah Currie ... Herself (as Thompson Twins)
Billy Currie ... Himself (as Ultravox)

Roger Daltrey ... Himself (as The Who)
John Deacon ... Himself (as Queen)
Paul Denham ... Himself (Sade's backing band)

Ronnie James Dio ... Himself (as Black Sabbath)
Dire Straits ... Themselves

Duran Duran ... Themselves

Bob Dylan ... Himself

John Entwistle ... Himself (as The Who)
Andrew Farriss ... Himself
Jon Farriss ... Himself
Tim Farriss ... Himself

Bryan Ferry ... Himself

Sally Field ... Herself
Johnnie Fingers ... Himself (as Boomtown Rats)
Mel Gaynor ... Himself (as Simple Minds)

David Gilmour ... Himself (Bryan Ferry's backing band)
Band of H.M. Coldstream Guards ... Themselves (as Regimental Band of The Coldstream Guards)
Tony Hadley ... Himself (as Spandau Ballet)
Andrew Hale ... Himself (Sade's backing band)

Daryl Hall ... Himself
Michael Hutchence ... Himself (as INXS)
John Illsley ... Himself (as Dire Straits)

INXS ... Themselves

Tony Iommi ... Himself (as Black Sabbath)

Mick Jagger ... Himself

Elton John ... Himself
Howard Jones ... Himself
John Paul Jones ... Himself (as Led Zeppelin)

Casey Kasem ... Himself - Announcer
John Keeble ... Himself (as Spandau Ballet)

Gary Kemp ... Himself (as Spandau Ballet)

Martin Kemp ... Himself (as Spandau Ballet)
Eddie Kendricks ... Himself
Jim Kerr ... Himself (as Simple Minds)
Andy Kershaw ... Himself
Nik Kershaw ... Himself

B.B. King ... Himself

Mark Knopfler ... Himself (as Dire Straits)

Patti LaBelle ... Herself
Alan Lancaster ... Himself (as Status Quo)

Simon Le Bon ... Himself (as Duran Duran)
Joe Leeway ... Himself (as Thompson Twins)

Madonna ... Herself
Stuart Matthewman ... Himself (Sade's backing band)

Brian May ... Himself (as Queen)

Paul McCartney ... Himself

Marilyn McCoo ... Herself - Hostess

Darryl McDaniels ... Himself (as Run-D.M.C.)
Robbie McIntosh ... Himself (as The Pretenders)

Freddie Mercury ... Himself (as Queen)

George Michael ... Himself (as Wham!)
Jason Mizell ... Himself (as Run-D.M.C.)
Alison Moyet ... Herself

Graham Nash ... Himself (at JFK Stadium) (as Crosby Stills Nash and Young)

Jack Nicholson ... Himself
Tessa Niles ... Herself
Petter Nome ... Programleder (host, Norway)
Steve Norman ... Himself (as Spandau Ballet)

John Oates ... Himself (as Hall & Oates)

Ric Ocasek ... Himself (as The Cars)
Ben Orr ... Himself (as The Cars)

Ozzy Osbourne ... Himself (as Black Sabbath)

Rick Parfitt ... Himself (as Status Quo)

Teddy Pendergrass ... Himself

Robert Plant ... Himself (as Led Zeppelin)
Power Station ... Themselves

The Pretenders ... Themselves

Queen ... Themselves
David Quinn ... Himself (as Children to Children)

Nick Rhodes ... Himself (as Duran Duran)
Griff Rhys Jones ... Himself

Keith Richards ... Himself (as The Rolling Stones)

Lionel Richie ... Himself
Andrew Ridgeley ... Himself (as Wham!)
Tony Rivers ... Himself - background-singer with Elton John
Garry Roberts ... Himself (as Boomtown Rats)

Nile Rodgers ... Himself

Francis Rossi ... Himself (as Status Quo)
David Ruffin ... Himself

Sade ... Herself

Carlos Santana ... Himself (as Santana)

George Segal ... Himself - Host

Joseph Simmons ... Himself (as Run-D.M.C.)
Simple Minds ... Themselves
Valerie Simpson ... Herself
Richard Skinner ... Himself

Mel Smith ... Himself
Julia Somerville ... Herself - Newscaster
Spandau Ballet ... Themselves

Rick Springfield ... Himself
Status Quo ... Themselves

Stephen Stills ... Himself (at JFK Stadium) (as Crosby Stills Nash and Young)

Sting ... Himself
Style Council ... Themselves
Andy Taylor ... Himself (as Duran Duran/Power Station)

John Taylor ... Himself (as Duran Duran/Power Station)

Roger Taylor ... Himself (as Queen)

Roger Taylor ... Himself (as Duran Duran)
The Thompson Twins ... Themselves
George Thorogood ... Himself (at JFK Stadium) (as George Thorogood and the Destroyers)

Pete Townshend ... Himself (as The Who)

Tina Turner ... Herself

U2 ... Themselves

Tracey Ullman ... Herself
Ultravox ... Themselves

Midge Ure ... Himself (as Ultravox)
Tommy Vance ... Himself (Announcer)
Bill Ward ... Himself (as Black Sabbath)
Bruce Watson ... Himself (as Big Country)

Paul Weller ... Himself (as Style Council)

Wham! ... Themselves

The Who ... Themselves

Brian Wilson ... Himself (at JFK Stadium) (as The Beach Boys)

Ronnie Wood ... Himself (as Ron Wood)

Neil Young ... Himself (at JFK Stadium) (as Crosby Stills Nash & Young)
Paul Young ... Himself
Paul Cook ... Himself (uncredited)

Benny Hill ... Policeman (uncredited)

Larry Mullen Jr. ... Himself - U2 (uncredited)

Jimmy Page ... Himself - Led Zeppelin (uncredited)

Prince Charles ... Himself (uncredited)

Princess Diana ... Herself (uncredited)

The Edge ... Himself - U2 (uncredited)
Tony Thompson ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Vincent Scarza 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bob Geldof  idea

Produced by
David Fein .... contributing producer
Hal Uplinger .... producer
Rich Zielinski .... segment field producer
Film Editing by
Nick Carroll 
Makeup Department
Jim Gillespie .... makeup department head
Production Management
Andrew Zweck .... production manager
Sound Department
Chris Downes .... assistant sound
Kim Richards .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Andrew .... camera operator
Robin Buerki .... camera operator
David A. Canning .... video communications: concert
John Jopson .... camera operator
William Louthe .... electrician
Alistair McKenzie .... camera operator
Edward Tydda .... lighting
J.D. Freedman .... grip (uncredited)
Animation Department
Monte Gast .... producer: animation sequence
Other crew
Mariella Frostrup .... public relations
Chuck Haifley .... technical producer
Peter W. Moyer .... technical director: MTV Broadcast
Steven J. Santos .... stage manager
Rich Zielinski .... diamondvision director

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960 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Because footage of the Wembley concert was recorded live using analogue video equipment, the picture quality was sometimes distorted by the loud sound on stage, an effect known as microphony.See more »
Tony Thomson:I wanted to be part of the cause. When I take the stage, my chance will finally be here.See more »
Movie Connections:
The Waiting / RebelsSee more »


Where were the two concerts held, and what are the two Stadium's capacities?
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
I was there at Wembley., 8 October 2005
Author: Cinema_Fan from An English Shire.

I was there at the Wembley Live Aid show.

Being that I was one of the last few to buy my ticket at the company that takes you on their coaches to concerts. The last four or six I think, you could only come to their office and buy them in person.

As I was and still very much so a big fan of The Who, I wasn't a Mod, and knowing that they had "retired" this would be or could be the only chance to get to see them. I had a friend who was watching it at home recording their section on VHS for me. Then it happened, the satellite feed broke just as they started My Generation, I sometimes wonder if it was because the rest of the World were using to much power at that time that the system couldn't handle it all at once. Shame, and yes I did Pete Townshend fall over.

The weather was stunning, just as Elton John came on it started to drizzle lightly, but not for long, it was needed, the drizzle not Elton. Queen was amazing; three friends & I saw their very last show as a group a year later at Knebworth House, 120,000 people were also there too!

RIP Freddie, what a Showman.

When we were leaving through our side of the Wembley tunnels the atmosphere was electric, we were singing "Feed the World". During the coach ride home we could make out sets from Sabbath and others on the radio.

Its a shame that in twenty years nothing much has changed for the African people, such as Politics and war.

I have three used T Shirts, a little small for me now, that came in sealed bags and two mint Programmes and a mint Live Aid: The Concert book that came out very shortly after the gig. The Wembley Live Aid concert ticket stub is still in good condition in the photo album.

What a fantastic piece of History, 1 out of 72000 people seeing the real deal out of 1.5 to 2 billion watching on their telly's. When people talk about it and you mention that you were there they tend to look at you like you are lying, at first they just don't believe it, you really do, sometime's, have to prove it. It does fill me with pride to know that I was at a very Historical Musical event.

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