A look back at the Live Aid London Music concert Setlists

Live Aid was a historic benefit concert that took place on Saturday, July 13, 1985, simultaneously in two locations: Wembley Stadium in London, England, and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, USA. The event was organized to raise funds for the relief of the Ethiopian famine.

First which acts performed on Saturday, July 13, 1985 at Wembley Stadium, London.

Adam Ant
Band Aid
Big Country
Bryan Ferry
Coldstream Guards
David Bowie
Dire Straits
Elton John
Elvis Costello
Howard Jones
Nik Kershaw
Paul McCartney
Paul Young
Spandau Ballet
Status Quo
Sting & Phil Collins
The Bands of The Life Guards and The Coldstream Guards
The Boomtown Rats
The Style Council
The Who

Here’s the setlist from the Wembley Stadium in London:

  1. Status Quo – “Rockin’ All Over the World”
  2. Style Council – “You’re the Best Thing”
  3. Boomtown Rats – “I Don’t Like Mondays”
  4. Adam Ant – “Vive Le Rock”
  5. Ultravox – “Dancing with Tears in My Eyes”
  6. Spandau Ballet – “Only When You Leave”
  7. Elvis Costello – “All You Need Is Love”
  8. Nik Kershaw – “Wouldn’t It Be Good”
  9. Sade – “Your Love Is King”
  10. Sting with Phil Collins – “Roxanne”
  11. Phil Collins – “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)”
  12. Howard Jones – “Hide and Seek”
  13. Bryan Ferry – “Sensation”
  14. Paul Young – “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
  15. U2 – “Sunday Bloody Sunday”
  16. Dire Straits – “Money for Nothing”
  17. Queen – a) “Bohemian Rhapsody” b) “Radio Ga Ga” c) “Hammer to Fall” d) “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” e) “We Will Rock You” f) “We Are the Champions”
  18. David Bowie – “TVC15”
  19. The Who – a) “My Generation” b) “Pinball Wizard” c) “Love, Reign o’er Me” d) “Won’t Get Fooled Again”
  20. Elton John – a) “I’m Still Standing” b) “Bennie and the Jets” c) “Rocket Man” d) “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (with Kiki Dee) e) “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” f) “Can I Get a Witness” (with Kiki Dee) g) “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” h) “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Reprise with Queen)
  21. Freddie Mercury and Brian May – “Is This the World We Created…?”

Please note that this is the setlist as it was originally planned, but some artists made slight variations to the order or performed additional songs. Live Aid was an unforgettable event with numerous iconic performances, and it played a crucial role in raising awareness and funds for famine relief efforts in Ethiopia.

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