Bob Geldof Has Plans For A New Live Aid IMAX Film

November 20, 2023

Bob Geldof says there are plans to release a new Live Aid IMAX film!

As you know, activist Geldof (The Boomtown Rats) and ex-Ultravos co-lead singer Midge Ure, organized Live Aid, held on July 13, ’85, to raise money for Ethiopian famine relief.

The event was a massive success, with 72,000 people cramming into London’s Wembley Stadium, and, simultaneously more than 89,000 people at the John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, US. An estimated 1.9 billion people from across 130 countries watched the TV broadcast!

Now, while speaking at this week’s EnergaCamerimage cinematography film festival, Geldof talked about his career before revealing that an IMAX film about Live Aid is likely heading to theatres soon.

“It’s good that cinema is being used because audiences are down. It’s a great experience. It’s a shared experience. The sound is great in cinemas generally now.

Geldof added, “And as the media landscape spreads through streaming, etc., the need for content grows. I know for a fact that they’re looking at doing an IMAX film on Live Aid, and there’s a Disney series — four-part or six-part series — on Live Aid, and there’s a musical about Live Aid at the end of January in opening in London. So, that stuff will just continue. There were so many special moments. U2 were a small band, and that was the thing that put them over the top. Lots of things happened that afternoon.”

Meanwhile, Live Aid the musical is happening in London next year. It’s called Just For One Day, and it’s based on the ’85 concert held at Wembley Stadium.

The plot of Just For One Day, named after a line in Bowie’s song ‘Heroes’, will balance a behind-the-scenes look at how Band Aid and Live Aid came together, with a love story inspired by real events.

I remember Live Aid well. Groundbreaking! Which past show stands out in your mind?


Written by Todd Hancock