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Join Bob Geldof to relive Live Aid at BFI & Radio Times Television Festival

Sir Bob Geldof and the BBC's Alan Yentob will discuss the world-famous fundraising initiative and its TV broadcast.

Bob Geldof at Live Aid
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Published: Friday, 13th May 2022 at 12:12 pm

The BFI & Radio Times Television Festival will revisit Live Aid in a special event featuring Sir Bob Geldof, who organised the 1985 musical phenomenon that raised £110 million for famine relief.

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Geldof will appear in conversation with Alan Yentob, who helped to commission the live broadcast for the BBC, as the pair discuss the legendary concert and celebrate a momentous landmark in British broadcasting.

It promises to be a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes at the barriers they encountered trying to put on such an epic show, and how it went on to change both music and television for good.

BBC 100 Live Aid: Sir Bob Geldof in conversation with Alan Yentob, will take place on Friday 20th May 2022 at 8:15pm. Tickets are on sale now, priced at £20 per full-price ticket and £16 for concessions.

The festival will be held at both the BFI's Southbank base and also in its nearby IMAX cinema.

In addition to the retrospective on Live Aid, the festival will also host an event looking back on the Queen's coronation.

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Other events in the festival line-up include a panel and Q&A with the cast and creatives behind Sally Rooney's next TV adaptation, Conversations with Friends; a Q&A from the cast and creator of hit BBC series The Outlaws; and a panel featuring the cast of Channel 4's brilliant drama It’s A Sin.

The BFI & Radio Times Television Festival runs from 20th to 22nd May 2022 and you can book your tickets here.

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