Become one of 50 bloggers going backstage to the Live 8 Concerts

Become one of 50 bloggers going backstage to the Live 8 Concerts

Become one of 50 bloggers going backstage to the Live 8 Concerts

The gracious folks from have procured 10 backstage press passes to each of 5 of the following Live 8 concerts, , , , and . The folks at and Live 8 believe that bloggers can help to shape the media and bring a new voice and perspective – and help to set the agenda – before the G8 conference in Scotland. (BTW, check out their new blog.

In addition, Richard Branson of Virgin Airlines has donated his airplane to fly the Live 8 crew from New York to Edinburgh and back, and up to five bloggers will be given the opportunity to fly to Edinburgh and back with the Live 8 group. The idea is to blog the trip, including the beginning of the G8 summit. The flight departs from JFK in New York at 7 p.m. on July 3; the same airplane will bring the bloggers and whoever else back to New York on July 7. Lodging in or near Edinburgh will also be provided.

So, here’s what’s up: This is a call to bloggers to give all of you the opportunity to get one of these backstage passes, and possibly on the flight to Edinburgh. Think of all the cool stuff you can do – set up a podcast and interview the bands, make a great photoblog, videoblog it, heck maybe you can end up playing air guitar in front of millions, who knows?

Seriously, the goal of this is also to get millions of bloggers posting about Live 8 – the fact is that there are 30,000 children dying in Africa every day – no one is reporting on it, and we aren’t doing anything about it. So one of the goals is to help set the agenda of the mainstream media, and this represents a moment of pregnant possibility – for bloggers to create proactive change, not just reactive change based on other news events. It is our opportunity to help to shape the news conversation for the good of us all. And for our leaders to hear the voices of millions when they sit down at the G8 meeting.

So, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Go to and watch the video and sign the declaration. Get up to speed on what Live8 is all about.
  2. Go to and put one of the badges on your blog. It is pretty easy to do, you just need to add the code on the badge page to your weblog template.
  3. Go and read the posts about Live8 on Joe Trippi’s blog and on Powerline – this is a nonpartisan effort.
  4. Pick the show that’s nearest to you – and send an email to me, Joe, and to John with the following information:
    1. Your name and age
    2. Your blog name and URL
    3. Which show you want to go to (please only pick one show), and
    4. Your snail mail address (so we know where to send the show packets)
  5. Go and blog about Live 8, and tag your posts with the Live 8 tag (instructions on how to do this are here). You’ve got to put the badge up on your blog and have posted at least once about Live 8 with the tag to get selected.
  6. Keep an eye on your mailbox. Given the incredible time crunch, we’ll let you know what’s up no later than Thursday June 30th.
  7. Tell all your friends. The goal here is to get 100,000 blog posts out before the G8 summit, and to get as many people out there blogging about Live 8, third world debt relief, the plight of the hungry and poor everywhere and what we can do about it.

There may be additional credentials that we can get from the Live 8 people, and Joe, John, and I are going to work our butts off to get credentials for the other shows as well, including Toronto and the shows in Great Britain. More to come. In the meantime, please go out and listen, read, and blog – together perhaps we can help to shift the conversation, and influence country policies to help to make poverty history.

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  • By Gen Kanai weblog 28 Jun 2005


    「米テクノラティ創業者兼CEO, David Sifryからのポストです。」 one.orgのメンバーがLive8コンサートの5会場――フィラデルフィア、パリ、ローマ、ベルリン、東京――について、バックステ

  • By Loic 28 Jun 2005

    Don’t you have trackbaks anymore Dave ? Just added the badges…

  • By Bayosphere 28 Jun 2005

    Live 8: A Cause Worth Supporting

    The One campaign and Live 8 organization are asking world leaders to redouble efforts to end global poverty at their upcoming G8 Summit in Edinburgh, Scotland. World leaders should b

  • By Xavier 28 Jun 2005

    I did it too… I said in my note (in french sorry) that it was interesting to use Technorati as a tool to give mobilisation more visibility and efficiency, i hope.

  • By Guardian Unlimited: Newsblog 29 Jun 2005

    Our plans for covering Live 8 and G8 – and how you can help

    The Live 8 concerts this weekend kick off an enormous week of campaigning and protest, much of which will be focused on the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. All things considered, we thought we’d better be there. So Guardian Unlimited is basing…

  • By Guardian Unlimited: Newsblog 29 Jun 2005

    Our plans for covering Live 8 and G8 – and how you can help

    The Live 8 concerts on Saturday kick off an enormous week of campaigning and protest, much of which will be focused on the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. All things considered, we thought we’d better be there. So Guardian Unlimited is basing…

  • By Ron Atkinson 29 Jun 2005

    Please get the London concert involved, it’d be fantastic…

  • By Jason 29 Jun 2005

    We have four folks blogging from backstage in Philly so whoever gets tickets for Philly ping me!
    We’re blogging it at, so if you want to help with the site ping me and we’ll set you up!
    jason at weblogsinc dot com

  • By Juerg Stuker 30 Jun 2005

    The sign up form on ist broken (.NET error)…

  • By Nicolas 30 Jun 2005

    Just to let you know about implication in France and US and Spain
    (first issue about live8 on the french part, click the flag ;) )

  • By radfax 01 Jul 2005

    Dear sir or madam.
    Could you please forward this letter to all people involved in Live8 and the one campaign as it is an overriding factor concerning us all
    Action not years of deliberation is what is needed NOW and for collective action we must all be aware of the true situation regarding our environment
    Changes must take place NOW in order to secure a future that is sustainable.
    Fellow Earthling.
    With regard to the LIVE8;
    Though it is true that many thousands of children are dying needlessly each day and something has to be done about it there is an equally pressing issue facing the whole planet together “Global warming”.
    The issues of global warming have been persistently argued by politicians and green activists for many years now whilst all the time emissions have not reduced significantly to make any real difference. Recent scientific experiments have shown that not only are the ice caps melting due to holes in the ozone layer but the oceans of the world are becoming more acidic. The time scale for all of this is very small and there are serious questions as to whether the sea life will have enough time to evolve to deal with these increased acidity levels. I recently sent a letter to the Prime Minister Tony Blair urging him to seriously consider creating a production line of hydrogen vehicles available to the general public in order to change car emissions; further to this I added that since the industrial revolution we have been using fossil fuels to drive a vast majority of engineering and production. It is now time to redesign our technology to eradicate all forms of machinery that use fossil fuels and to press forward with new design based on the hydrogen engine where H2O is the only bi-product. If we save millions of lives it will be for naught if we continue to make no real lasting changes to the way we live with our environment.
    For if nothing is done within the next 5 years we will have crossed the line too far to come back and the whole planet will eventually fade and die. So I urge all those who feel a sense of duty and consciousness to make sure that the leaders of the G8 make some serious lasting commitment to radically change the way we power our systems today with as much urgency as if the planet were to be hit by a meteorite then maybe and only maybe there might be enough time to save not only all endangered species but also the human race.
    Yours sincerely
    radfax Bsc

  • By Alberto Puliafito 01 Jul 2005

    Hi David. Still no news from Italian Live8 in Rome, about my pass. I’ve got another one, thanks to some friends, but not for the backstage.
    Have you got any contacts?

  • By Doug Michael 03 Jul 2005

    Although well intentioned the Television coverage in the States of Live 8 was absolutely horrible. Cutting away from Pink Floyd in the middle of a song several times not only angered me but turned me off to the whole Live 8 concept. Pink Floyd was not the only artist abruptly cut off… it was done to Elton John, Maroon 5, Coldplay, Bon Jovi… very annoying. The more I think about it the more I say F*&^ Live 8.


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