Final Preparations for Greatest Show on Earth
The man behind the Live 8 concert has said there is still a lot of work to be done ahead of Saturday’s music extravaganza. Harvey Goldsmith, who is the chief organiser of the charity music event, said they had just 31 hours to turn Hyde Park in London into a concert arena for 150,000 people.
The park has this week played host to a small music festival and teams are working flat out to turn that into a venue for the largest music event the park has ever seen. He told BBC News: “I am not nervous but there is a huge amount of work going on. We are turning round one particular set-up for a show for 30,000 people into a huge great arena for 150,000 people. We have got to clear it out, change it and put up our set and we have got 31 hours. That’s not a lot of time.”
Mr Harvey said clocks positioned around the stage would ensure no acts over-run and the day would go according to a tight schedule. Mr Goldsmith said live feeds from each of the 10 countries involved in the show would be edited together in a studio. Spotters will pick out situations from each of the concerts, which will then be collated centrally and broadcast.
He said that since organisers originally planned the event it has grown in size. They originally set out to include just five G8 countries, but now all eight were involved.