LONDON, UK Wednesday Jun.1.2005 /netmusiccountdown.com/ -- In a press conference yesterday (May 31), activist and musician Sir Bob Geldof announced the details of Live 8 and confirmed a star-studded lineup that includes U2, Mariah Carey, Coldplay, the Dave Matthews Band, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and more.

Five free concerts will be held around the world on July 2, prior to the G8 Summit on July 7 in Gleneagles, Scotland. The Live 8 concerts are set to take place across multiple venues including London's Hyde Park, Philadelphia's Museum of Art, Paris' Palais de Versailles, Berlin's Brandenberg Gate, and Rome's Circus Maximus.

Some of the artists on board for London's Live 8 show include U2, Mariah Carey, Coldplay, Madonna, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Annie Lennox, REM, Joss Stone, the Killers, and Keane.

Among the artists confirmed to play Philadelphia are Stevie Wonder, Maroon 5, Sarah McLachlan, the Dave Matthews Band, Jay-Z, Kaiser Chiefs, 50 Cent, Rob Thomas and Keith Urban. Will Smith will host.

The Paris lineup includes Jarmiroquai, Craig David, and Andrea Bocellis, and the Berlin show features Brian Wilson, Lauryn Hill and Crosby, Stills and Nash.

Duran Duran, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Jovanotti are confirmed for the Rome concert.

Live 8's goal is to get people to put pressure on the leaders of the world's richest and most powerful countries to end extreme poverty in Africa. Geldof explains, "The G8 leaders have it within their power to alter history. They will only have the will to do so if tens of thousands of people show them that enough is enough. By doubling aid, fully cancelling debt, and delivering trade justice for Africa, the G8 could change the future for millions of men, women and children."

The G8 leaders include George Bush (US), Tony Blair (UK), Jacques Chirac (France), Gerhard Schröder (Germany), Silvio Berlusconi (Italy), Paul Martin (Canada), Junichiro Koizumi (Japan) and Vladimir Putin (Russia).

Live 8 will be televised around the world, and AOL will broadcast all the concerts live on the internet. Tickets to the London show will be distributed through a mobile phone text contest. The other venues will not require tickets. Details on how to attend those shows will be announced soon.

For more information, check out http://www.live8live.com.

Here is a list of the announced participating artists by city.

Hyde Park, London
U2, Mariah Carey, Coldplay, Sir Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Madonna, REM, Sir Elton John, Dido, Keane, The Killers, Muse, Joss Stone, Sting, Razorlight, Scissor Sisters, Stereophonics, Robbie Williams, Velvet Revolver, Bob Geldof, The Cure, Snow Patrol.

Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Will Smith (host), Bon Jovi, Maroon 5, P Diddy, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, The Dave Matthews Band, Sarah McLachlan, Rob Thomas, Keith Urban, 50 Cent, Kaiser Chiefs.

Eiffel Tower, Paris
Jamiroquai, Craig David, Youssou N'Dour, Yannick Noah, Andrea Bocelli, Calo Gero, Kyo, Placebo, Axelle Red, Johnny Halliday, Manu Chao, Renaud.

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin
A-ha, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Brian Wilson, Lauryn Hill, Bap, Die Toten Hosen, Peter Maffay.

Circus Maximus, Rome
Duran Duran, Faith Hill, Irene Grandi, Jovanotti, Tim McGraw, Nek, Laura Pasini, Vasco Rossi, Zucchero.

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