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Queues at the Palace for LIVE 8 tickets

Published on June 29th 2005.

Queues gathered in their hundreds outside the Palace Theatre down Oxford Road this morning as an extra 2,000 tickets went on sale for the Live8 event in Hyde Park, London this Saturday (2 July, 2005).

The Palace Theatre box office is preparing to hand out the Mancunian share of the additional 55,000 extra free tickets available, as announced by Bob Geldof earlier this week.

The tickets will be available for a special big screen in Hyde Park that will allow concert goers to still be a part of events in London. The 55,000 extra people will congregate south of Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park where they will be able to watch the concert live on giant screens. Anyone wanting to see the concert who don’t get tickets will be able to watch the event on big screens around the country.

LIVE 8 is part of a day of action across the world which kick-starts The Long Walk to Justice that calls on the leaders of the world’s richest countries to act when they meet in Gleneagles on 6th-9th July. On July 2nd in London, Edinburgh, Washington, Berlin, Paris and Rome millions will be coming together to call for complete debt cancellation, more and better aid and trade justice for the world’s poorest people.

With concerts happening at the same time in London, Paris, Edinburgh, Berlin, Philadelphia, Tokyo and Moscow, the London show will include the likes of U2, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd and Robbie Williams.

If you want to get your hands on tickets, this is your last chance, with potential eBay touts trying to sell any tickets online being ostracised by the general public – the last time someone tried to do it, one bidder put in a bid of 1 million pounds to make the sale impossible.

Tickets will be released from 3pm this afternoon. Doors will close at 7pm with any remaining tickets going tomorrow morning from 10am, although judging by the expanding crowds, it looks unlikely there will be any left over after today.

Police are advising anyone without a ticket not to travel to Hyde Park on Saturday.


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