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Mary of the 4th Form

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I thought this would get your attention!


Before you shut and shout me down Moderator. I am NOT selling tickets


Immediately after Live 8 was announced 15,000 corporate tickets went on sale for up to £1,200



And many more…….


A BBC investigation found companies trading in these corporate tickets with impunity. One company promised to donate only 10% of their PROFIT to a charity, but could not say which one.

I sent Bob an email but did but receive a reply. I assumed this issue as of no issue to him.


I was therefore amazed to see and hear the OTT vitriolic way he responded to the revelation that a few ordinary punters took the decision to sell the tickets they had legally and  contractually bought/won/acquired – perfectly reasonable given that such actions would have no effect on ANY poor or dying people in Africa. And the Bob had said he did not want our money – only our awareness.


Actually he could have had both!


I still failed to understand Bob’s justification for the statements about: “profiting on the back of the impoverished”


On a radio phone in someone accused Bob of “profiting on the back of the impoverished”

Because of many matters such as:

  1. He is making money from his book about Africa
  2. in 1986 he sold 300,000 of his autobiography – as a direct result of the famine in Ethiopia

When I found a ticket agency selling £1.50 for £500. I was even more convinced Bob had got his prioritizes wrong.


My point is that Bob should not have one rule for the rich and one for the poor. It is the missionary colonialist mentality If corporate tickets for this FREE event can be traded. Joe public should have the same human rights. 



How much money has the mobile company (O2) made from administering the texting? £500,000?


The 15,000 privilege Gold Circle tickets holders will be at the front protected by a tall fence and security guards. Ordinary people will be 100 meters away stretching their necks to see the stage. Is this fair? Is this equitable? Will these wealthy VIPs be made any more AWARE BECAUSE THEY HAVE PAID £1,200- £5,000?


Don’t tell me Live 8 needing the money. They have already made £3 million from the texting - £1.5 million will be given to the Princess Trust. That leaves £1.5 million. The stage will already be erected from the Wireless festival A COUPLE OF DAYS BEFORE.


There will also be numerous other sources of income – I could tell you a few.


I have copied the following from the CORPORATE website



Price: £1250 +VAT per person (To Include Backstage Passes) 15,000 available

(Private table of 10-12 guests. Shared tables for smaller numbers)



Saturday 2 July 2005

Grosvenor House Hotel

Located half way along Park Lane, the five-star Grosvenor House Hotel enjoys an

envious location directly opposite Hyde park and the concert site.

Your day includes:-

Gold Circle ticket to the Live 8 in Hyde Park

Two and a half pre-show hospitality within the Grosvenor House Hotel

Champagne breakfast on arrival with a selection of pastries, muffins and bacon


Two course luncheon with wines and coffee

Complimentary bar

"Escape Pass" allowing admission to VIP backstage garden area with

cash bar and dedicated toilets (additional cost)

Hospitality recommences post-show with a finger buffet and complimentary


Priority VIP lane/access to concert site

Floral displays and decorations

Plasma/TV screens

VIP pass and wallet for each guest

Exclusive commemorative gift for each guest

CEE Event Management team and hostesses in attendance

Price: £999 +VAT per person


Price: £1250 +VAT per person (To Include Backstage Passes)

(Private table of 10-12 guests. Shared tables for smaller numbers)





Hyde Park, London - Saturday, 2 Jul 2005



Official Platinum VIP Hospitality Packages including a gold circle ticket are available for the Live 8 Concert in Hyde Park on the 2nd July 2005.

Click on the link below to register your request for the full list of hospitality packages, our Platinum VIP Experience range.

To recieve further information please include the following contact details

  • Full Name
  • Company Name (if relevant)
  • Contact Phone Number

E-mail the above details to and we will forward package information to you shortly.




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Sir Bob can't possibly be "making money" selling his books. I work in a bookstore and, although it's in the US and there's not the same interest in British artists as there is in the UK, of course, nobody has asked about his new book, which is not out yet, or his previous book, which no one ever has asked for & I only just found out about recently via this forum. In fact, truth be told, no one has asked about Bono's books either for that matter. But otherwise, once again you have some very valid questions and food for thought. My further comment is that perhaps Sir Bob doesn't have time to answer the e-mails with which by now he must be swamped. It's not that he doesn't care. Anyway, you have indeed made some good points here. Thanks.

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