West End to Premiere Musical Adaptation of Iconic 1985 Live Aid Concert

A Tribute to Live Aid: ‘Just For One Day’ Musical Set for West End Debut

Prepare to relive the magic of the historic 1985 Live Aid concert on the West End stage as the musical adaptation, titled “Just For One Day,” takes center stage.

Live Aid: A Legendary Fundraising Event

The original Live Aid event, organized by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, took place at London’s Wembley Stadium and Philadelphia’s John F. Kennedy Stadium.

It aimed to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia and featured iconic performances by music legends.

Musical Marvel Featuring Music Icons

“Just For One Day” will showcase the timeless songs of stars like Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, David Bowie, Queen, Bob Dylan, The Who, U2, and more who graced the original Live Aid stage.

Premiere Date and Venue

Written by British author John O’Farrell, the stage adaptation will premiere at The Old Vic theatre, running from January 26 to March 30, 2024.

Bob Geldof’s Excitement and Expectations

Bob Geldof, the driving force behind Live Aid, expressed his anticipation for the musical. He hopes that it will inspire positive change, and, in his signature style, he quipped, “it better not be s***!”

Direction by Luke Sheppard

The musical will be directed by Luke Sheppard, known for his work on “Matilda The Musical,” and promises to captivate audiences with its wit and brilliance.

A Nostalgic Journey

Matthew Warchus, artistic director of The Old Vic, highlighted the significance of Live Aid in the 1980s and its lasting impact. He looks forward to sharing this memorable moment with the audience.

Support from the Band Aid Charitable Trust

The musical is being created with the blessing of the Band Aid Charitable Trust, further solidifying its connection to the iconic event.

Ticket Information

Tickets for “Just For One Day” will be available for purchase starting October 6 at noon. Don’t miss the chance to experience the spirit of Live Aid once more on the West End stage.

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