The concert was (at the time) the biggest charity concert in the United Kingdom since Live Aid over 20 years before, and more than 60,000 fans watched live, with many millions more from around the world viewing the seven hour long concert. The main tickets sold out in just 3 days; when a further 3,000 tickets were issued, they sold in just 20 minutes.
The concert featured a range of music styles, with famous acts such as Eric Clapton, Jools Holland, Lulu, Feeder, Snow Patrol and Charlotte Church contributing. Midge Ure also made a surprise appearance at the concert, who introduced Feeder.
The concert began with little known Cardiff band Camera who started their set almost immediately after the doors opened, but this was not shown on the TV broadcasts. For the TV/internet audience, the show was started by classical singer Katherine Jenkins, with Amazing Grace, Caruso and You'll Never Walk Alone; the audience waving red LED torches to represent victims of the Asian disaster. The music continued throughout the evening with an electric atmosphere culminating in a sing-a-long finale with Jools Holland and Eric Clapton playing Shake, Rattle and Roll accompanied by entire cast of artists (who all waived their usual fees).
The concert was carried live by BBC Radio Wales, and on UK digital television via the BBC's "red-button" service as well as being streamed online. Video highlights were available on the BBC's website soon thereafter, and TV highlights were also broadcast on BBC2 during the evening.
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