Live8 underway across the globe
02 July 2005 19:17
The main concert in the Live8 series of global events designed to raise awareness of African poverty is taking place in London's Hyde Park.
Performing at the spectacular are Sir Paul McCartney, Madonna, Coldplay, Sir Elton John, Robbie Williams and U2.
The events from London, South African, Japan, Italy, France, Germany, Russia, the US, Canada, and Edinburgh are expected to attract a global television audience of two billion.
African music is being showcased at a Live 8 concert at the Eden Project in Cornwall.
The African-only event was announced in mid-June after criticism that the main Hyde Park extravaganza did not feature enough black artists.
In London, Paul McCartney and U2 opened the show with a rendition of Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Among those appearing on stage to voice support for the cause were the Microsoft tycoon Bill Gates and the UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan.
Organiser Bob Geldof said his aim was to force leaders of the Group of Eight major industrialised nations, meeting in Scotland next week, to do more to alleviate poverty, particularly in Africa.
Meanwhile, an estimated 200,000 people have gathered for the Make Poverty History rally, which is under way in Edinburgh.
Marchers are due to form a human chain round the city centre.
A 2,000 strong police security operation is in place although police say they are hopeful there will not be any trouble.